Friday, February 18, 2011

The encouragement of a FB friend

God blessed me with encouragement from a FaceBook friend.  She didn't know I had been up during the night; She didn't know about our concern or the discussion my husband and I had at 5AM.  She wrote at 5:42.

When you've just gone through a series of trials, and your body is tired, and everyone is saying you need to take time out now for you, it is like the sight of an ice cream cone on a hot day, very tempting.  You could even say it was necessary to help prevent your body from becoming overheated.

But what if taking time out for myself meant sacrificing the spiritual health of someone else?  Could I not keep going in His strength, if that was His will for me?

I was battling this issue during the night.  I knew it made logical sense to take a break.  But my heart said 'no'.  I poured my heart out to God.  I talked to my husband who was also having trouble sleeping.  I knew that two little lives would be affected by my decision.  And I knew I couldn't slack off.

Then I got the message from the friend I had never met.  It told of how my life had been an encouragement to her, and had helped her see what being a woman is all about.

It broke me up. The Lord used her when I was at my weakest to encourage and give me renewed vigor to keep going. 

This is a thank you to all of you who comment, not only on my blog or FB wall, but wherever you feel led to lend a word of encouragement.  You never know when your word will be used to bless someone.

For the next post see: His Dream Came True
For the previous post see: Wow! He Still Wants to Use Us
For more about the battle I faced see my grandparent post: Do grandparents have responsibilities to their grandchildren


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  2. Robert, I do appreciate your comment, however, I am careful on this site not to allow anyone to push any particular denomination in their comments. As long as Jesus is getting the glory I am happy, but I don't want this blog to be a platform for a religious denominational discussions. Once again, I thank you for your comment but for the above reason I need to remove it. God bless you and may you continue to enjoy the good health the Lord is giving you.

  3. Carol, I know I can always come to your site and find great wisdom and calm, common sense!