Today's Devotional Reading: Send It in a Letter
Bible Reading in a Year: Leviticus 26–27; Mark 2
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. Colossians 1:9
Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 1:9–12
Like most four-year-olds, Ruby loved to run, sing, dance, and play. But she started complaining about pain in her knees. Ruby’s parents took her in for tests. The results were shocking—a diagnosis of cancer, stage 4 neuroblastoma. Ruby was in trouble. She was quickly admitted to the hospital.
Ruby’s hospital stay lingered on, spilling over into the Christmas season, a hard time to be away from home. One of Ruby’s nurses came up with the idea to place a mailbox outside her room so family could send letters full of prayers and encouragement to her. Then the plea went out on Facebook, and that’s when the volume of mail coming in from friends and complete strangers surprised everyone, most of all Ruby. With each letter received (more than 100,000 total), Ruby grew a little more encouraged, and she finally got to go home.
Paul’s letter to the people at Colossae was exactly that—a letter (Colossians 1:2). Words penned on a page that carried hopes for continued fruitfulness and knowledge and strength and endurance and patience (vv. 10–11). Can you imagine what a dose of good medicine such words were to the faithful at Colossae? Just knowing that someone was praying nonstop for them strengthened them to stay steady in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Our words of encouragement can dramatically help others in need. - John Blase
How have others’ words encouraged me? What opportunities do I have to give someone else the “letter” of encouragement they need?
Words of encouragement •
It’s been a long day. But, as I drove home tonight from being gone most of the day, I reflected on the words of encouragement that came my way today.
🗣 From the joy & well wishes of a friend who took me out for a belated birthday brunch, where we laughed & cried several times in the space of an hour, 🤷♀️ to the barista who took the time to gush about my glasses & thank me for looking so cool!😎 It’s the little things, the small gestures, the moment to rejoice in someone else, that makes a moment special & can lift your spirits at the end of a long day.
I hope you have people in your life that give you words of encouragement. Hunt them down. Be that gift to someone else. And I hope, if you need encouragement, you can always find it here! 😍
Onwards friends 👯♀️ •
♥️🕊♥️ Sometimes we get pushed so far away from our comfort zone, and it feels like you’re about to drown. Sometimes the challenge that you took on feels too difficult, overwhelming and truth be told you feel like quitting. If we keep it real, we may even feel inadequate and not equipped. How else do we learn to swim if not by going deep in the water. How else do we sculpt our muscles if we don’t lift heavy weights? How do we develop intellect if not surrounded by great minds? Point is this, to grow we MUST be okay with being uncomfortable. Even if it’s uncomfortable to the point of tears. I’m reminding someone or maybe just myself that you can do this. The challenge isn’t going to break you but make you. Keep going 🥰♥️🕊🙌🙏
hey you. ya you. you are beautiful. you are worth it. you are alive. and you are loved. take that in for a second. it feels good right. try and hold onto that feeling, because it’s true and because you deserve it ✨