02 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

There is Courage and Power in Encouragement

Two quotes this week. One from California and one closer to home. A lot closer.

Quote one:

Bob and Yvonne Turnbull are long-time marriage enrichment leaders from California. What a passion for marriages! You can find them at http://www.turnbullministries.org/. Don’t know them personally but I have followed them for years. They are good guys. Check them out.

Encouragement means to instill courage in another.  In this case your mate.  It might mean you encourage them when things at work are tough or they have a new assignment or job.  Be their cheerleader.  Encourage them to do their best.  Give support and comfort to your mate in the mundane times of life as well as the critical times that they need it.  At least once a day, say something complimentary to your spouse.   Scripture encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “So speak encouraging words to one another.  Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this.”

I like the ‘courage’ angle of encouragement. Often when I counsel believers I pray that God will give them confidence of who they are in Christ. When they realize the truth that comes from knowing who they are and what they can do in Christ (like “all things” – Phil 4:13) they face their issues stronger and attack them with assurance that He is with them. Confidence, courage, the ability to get off dead center and do something – these can be found in a simple act of encouragement to your mate.

Quote two:

When speaking to women’s groups, my wife often tells them,

“Be your husband’s builder, his cheerleader. He has enough critics.” (Hey Selma, you just made the Thursday Quote of the Week!)

So be your mate’s encourager today. Instill some courage in your spouse.  It can be powerful. Encourage him spiritually. Brag on her sexually. Say something good about the way you saw her parent today. Boast about him (in front of him) about the great job he does at work. Then watch your mate soar. It will probably come back to you in the form of a better marriage. It often does.

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