"Never let one day pass when you have not reached out an arm of Love to someone outside your home - a note, a letter, a visit, help in some way." (p12 God Calling Devotional)
This day's devotion resonated in my heart because I love to send cards, notes, Facebook messages or emails to encourage loved ones. Earlier this year I started to pen-pal with one of my great-nieces and it has been much fun to send letters through the mail each week. I have several friends names set as encouragement reminders in my calendar. I try to remember birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions with a quick note, call or email.
I have found that encouraging others benefits me too. It brings the person I encourage love, laughter, courage, faith and hope. It brings me joy. I've found that when I'm feeling bummed out, writing a card or note to a friend lifts my spirits.
I like the idea of the arm of love reaching out to encourage others. This is a timely message since I have felt somewhat downcast this past year. Oh sweet Jesus - Thank You for the reminder that You, Oh God, will strengthen my heart as I wait on You and as I take time to encourage others.
Lord I want to love and to laugh and beckon others to faith and courage. Lord God I cast my burdens upon you and I know You will sustain me. Show me another whom you have called me to encourage that I may share Your love with them and bring them joy!
One of the activities of Gabriel's Foundation of HOPE - our nonprofit organization is to encourage individuals and families affected by disabilities. Loneliness is a common issue in this community and a simple card brightens a lonely heart. For a $5 donation you can help us encourage the people we meet through our foundation. http://www.GabesHope.org/shop/
So today I close this blog ready to go write out a couple of cards to some friends in need of some joy. I hope you will join me in taking time to write a note or a card. It will bring you much joy to extend the arm of love. Just ask God to give you a name or two - He is faithful to call to mind those who need some joy.
The idea for this blog post came from the January 2nd devotional entry in the book "God Calling" by A.J. Russell and the two anonymous listeners who wrote down this message in 1932. This book is published by Barbour Publishing
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