Love one another…encourage others

It has been a while since I have had an opportunity to write. Work has been more than busy. This past week I have been thinking of my Mother. It’s hard to believe that she has been with the Lord for almost 13 years.

13 years!!

Oh, how I miss her!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been in conversation via email with a new co-worker’s Mom, who has been reading my devotional book. Her words have been so encouraging. She has reminded me of my Mom.

Daily my colleague’s Mother sends her family uplifting prayers and devotional emails. I like to think that if my Mom was still alive, she too would send such emails.

Work has been horrendously busy and stressful the last several weeks. My friend has shared with me some of those prayers and encouraging words…what a blessing!!

Dear reader, do not miss the opportunity to encourage one another as this blessed woman has done.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid . (John 14:27)


This week my heart was not troubled…why? Because I knew my friends and family were praying for me and even people I have never met, such as this wonderful mother of my co-worker.

Isn’t that amazing? Who are you praying for today? Lift up in prayer your family, friends, neighbors and even that stranger you saw today.

Recently one of my sister-in-laws sent me an email that said, “Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!”

Do not take your Golden friendships for granted – cherish them and thank God for them and thank Him for those new Diamonds.

So I ask you…are you encouraging your new and old friends? How are you treating others?

My mother-in-law has been gone for several years. To be honest, she could be a very trying woman, as she suffered with some emotional issues. But I find myself miss taking her to the hairdresser and visiting with her at the assisted living. Although at times she had difficulty showing her love for her family I know she did. I know she only wanted the best for all of us.

Does your family know of your love and encouragement? If not, let them know, do not waste a day, life is too short.

Luke tells us how we should treat those we know and those who are strangers…

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.” (Luke 6:31-34 MSG)

Today I thank God for my family and friends…I thank Him for you, dear reader. Thank you for reading my ramblings.

Blessings, Susan

Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.

She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.

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