In these dark days of Winter we need all the help we can get to stay hopeful and encouraged.
Some seasons of the soul have their own gloomy aspect.
Fog swims in to cloud our vision.
Hope gets lost. Despair can set in. Depression is at its heels.
How can we encourage ourselves? Here are a few ideas:
Stay focussed on the positive. There is always a glimmer of light somewhere.
Keep a daily gratitude journal.
Nurture yourself inwardly and outwardly.
Feed on God’s word.
Seek the balm of friendship and support from loved ones.
Finding ways to help and encourage others will restore joy to our own souls too.
Some more thoughts on encouragement for #fiveminutefriday where we pour out words as God gives grace:
Encouragement is the fuel which lights a fire
of hope to all our dreams and desires.
Life can seem worth living again
under the sprinkle of its refreshing rain.
A word in due season can impart
a soothing balm to a broken heart,
Holy oil to bathe wounds and hurts
as it pours into everywhere we insert.
Life-giving, enhancing, gift and grace
to anoint and energise us for our race.
Whether by caring word or deed
we sow love and kindness seed.
And it gives and gives and gives some more
returning to us when we’re wretched and poor,
lighting a spark when energy is low
providing far more than we’ll ever know.
So God encourages us all to strive
to pour this gift into another’s life ~
A listening ear, understanding, a hand to hold,
words and actions together make it twofold;
let it be given as we also enjoy receiving
the reassurance it offers to keep on believing.
And for further encouragement ~ because don’t we just need it? ~ here’s a link to my writer friend James Prescott’s site where he specialises in the subject and has some great free resources to offer you too. Just click on his name to be taken there.