The Encourager

One day several years ago the phone on my desk rang. It had been a very trying day and I didn’t need one more thing to do.

On the other end of the line was Leslie, a patient I had cared for 13-14 years prior. Over the years we had kept in touch. When she asked how my day was going, I was bitterly honest. I was whining and having a pity party.

Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.

(Psalm 34:17 MSG)

Leslie encouraged me. She told me to ask God for His grace. She encouraged me not to look at the big picture, but to ask for Christ to give me the grace to make it through just that day or even just that hour.

As she quoted one scripture after another I began to feel God wrap His arms around me and fill me with only the peace He can give.

I asked her to pray with me before we hung up. She did and said she would continue to pray for me daily. The next day work was the same as it always was, but I was different. I had a renewed desire to be there and to tackle the job.

I knew Leslie was praying for me. How did I know this you ask?

You see Leslie was a quadriplegic and her ministry was to pray and encourage others.

Yes my problems paled to Leslie’s, yet they were big to me and through her Christ ministered to me and brought me up out the pit I had allowed myself to become imbedded.

She lifted me up.


While on the phone with her that day I suddenly exclaimed to Leslie how I should not be complaining to her. I was so wrapped up with my own baggage I forgot about her daily burden.

She said she found comfort in the fact I did not “see” her as disabled and felt free to “dump” my burdens in her lap.

Leslie was one of the most godly women I have ever met. Confined to either the bed or a wheelchair, she prayed for her friends and family without ceasing.

Christ had given Leslie the grace to make it one day at a time and in turn she ministered to others until the day she went home to be with our Lord.

Have you been an encourager or a discourager today?

Pray today that God will place in your path someone to encourage. 

Don’t wait for someone to express how discouraged they are. Be proactive. Find something positive to say before they reach out.

I challenge you to find 3 people tomorrow to encourage. It is amazing what a few words of support will do for someone. Be a person that spreads inspiration. Be uplifting. You will surprise yourself…you will be strengthened.

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Blessings, Susan

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