"I believe it's a mission that God himself has put in all of us. As believers, we do not live on an island. We are part of a great universe of people who are loved by God, and his desire is that, as his children, we care about others." Luci Swindoll
I am actually sitting here by myself to start a new Bible study I bought a few weeks ago. I have been awful this past week about having a quiet time. It seems I am just surviving. Titus really likes sleeping during the day but not so much at night. Anyway enough about my wonderful sleep deprived life of a new mom. I wanted to share something out of my Bible study today.
This is a women of faith study on encouraging one another. I don't want to be such a Debbie Downer so I thought this would do me some good. Really how can you encourage someone if you are always looking at the negative side of a situation.
The verse at the very beginning of the study was this - "Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds" Hebrews 10:24 NLT
The first thing that popped into my mind was the meals we have received. Not that I am always thinking of food, but this has been a great encouragement. People have taken time out of their busy schedule to do something nice for my family.
A few days ago when the whole breast feeding thing was not going so well I was thinking about giving up. Of course my cheapness would not allow that, and it has gotten so much better. Anyway I say this because after things got better I told myself that I was going to remember this. The next time someone has a baby and I know they are going to breastfeed I am going to call them on about the third day and say "you can do this, it going to get better".
One of the verses 2Corinthians 1:6 talks about God allowing us to go through certain situation so that we can minister to others when they are going through something similar. I am sure there are many situation that each of us have been through that we could use as a way to be an encourager to another that is going through that same situation. Whether it is losing a child, infertility, adultery, pornography, child discipline, there are just so many thing that can be used in our daily lives to help someone else. Who knows maybe even something as small as breastfeeding.
My prayer today is that I will use every situation in my life to be an encouragement to someone else.
Well I am going to go try and wake the baby. It's going to be time to eat again before long. You know that is all babies do. Eat, Sleep and Poop, and Poop, and Poop.