Posted by: pastordiehl   in Gift of Encouragement

I’ve never been very athletic. I did play Little League baseball as a kid and played a little friendly baseball after my service experience, but I was never in demand on anybody’s team. And I wasn’t much of a coach for my boys’ athletic pursuits.

Our daughter, Jenny, was a cheerleader and we tried to be at all her games. It was amazing how critical parents and observers were toward their sons trying their best in basketball and football. “Come on, Michael, wake up! What’s the matter with you?”

What an encouragement it was when our son, Nathan, decided to go out for cross country. We attended most of his track meets, but he arose to the occasion with those long distance runs. He, wired like his Dad, learned how to take it easy and pace himself. I would maneuver to key places along the run to cheer him on. He never knew where I’d be, but always knew I was there.

In those years of attending cross country races, I never heard a discouraging word. Even last-place runners get cheers, not jeers. “Go, Nathan, You can do it!” Cross Country just might be the most positive sport out there.

Pleasant words are…sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

The Christian life is a long-distance run. Its not who starts the race, but who finishes. As fellow believers discipline themselves to run the race, they need encouragement. They need “pleasant words” that bring “sweetness to the soul”.

What are some pleasant words you have received lately?

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As a Christian, I try to encourage others with a kind word. I have had many people encourage me with a compliment or a kind word, and it really brought healing to me when i was in a deep depression so many years ago. When someone encouraged me with their words, it was like I had hope once again when I felt life was in the gutter. I praise the Lord for using others to help heal me along the way.

July 18th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
Shelia Ulery

the panic attacks had been bad for 4 days and the doctor had changed my medicine 2 times. i had gone 3 nights with little sleep. i went to church and as i set waiting for church to start a sister came and set beside me and talked to me about panic attacks and gave me hope. it is great how God knows just the right person to send when we need those words of encouragement. What is even greater that the person He sends is obedient and gives those words of encouragement He wanted delivered. Another dear sister also gave me a hug and told me how she appreciated me. New Hope has many who give words of hope when you feel so down. thank you all who say a prayer for me for these life altering panic attacks. Thank you dear friends for the words of hope and prayers.Thank God for New Hope and all the deciples there.

July 19th, 2009 at 8:10 am
Lee Everetts

After talking to an inmate this week end about accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, he refused and walked away. Someone said, Lee talk to him one more time. I did and thanks be to God, he came to Christ. Sometimes it’s the encouragement that makes the difference in our own life or someone elses.


July 19th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

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