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am thankful for ENCOURAGEMENT, specially these past two weeks. I won’t go into a lot of detail but because of my having lupus and back problems, the pain has slammed me and am having to make some medication changes. A liver blood test came back somewhat elevated, so there are concerns. I’ve not made it to church two Sundays in a row which is discouraging itself to me. I need that! My older daughters have been great, with ENCOURAGEMENT – sending me notes and trying to make me laugh. The younger girls at home have been great with the ENCOURAGEMENT and helping me, giving me hugs. Today, my husband went with me to the doctor was understanding and my doctor was great as well, so willing to work with me and give ENCOURAGEMENT that we can get through this and he is willing to work with us. My husband’s ENCOURAGEMENT was extended with encouraging me to go out for lunch and we met with our twin daughters, daughter-in-law and son-in-law and the cutest granddaughter ever. Her snuggles, baby breath and smiles are wonderful ENCOURAGEMENTS!! Even with pain, and feeling the medications wear off, it’s amazing how far ENCOURAGEMENT can go and uplift spirits. Knowing friends and family are praying is ENCOURAGEMENT. (THANK YOU!!!)
The 22nd of this month will be 16 years since our daughter, Angela Hope, was born still. I look back to that and see how much ENCOURAGEMENT our family received. Now, I am thankful that I can give that ENCOURAGEMENT back. Sadly, there are families that go through the death of a child too often, and recently a family in our church lost their firstborn child. My heart breaks as I see her empty arms. I am thankful to see the sensitivity in my children, even my younger girls who had her as a Sunday School teacher, and want to give her hugs of ENCOURAGEMENT.
Scripture gives us an important way of accomplishing ENCOURAGEMENT:
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
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