Before we get to today’s activity, be encouraged by the following words.
Encouragement Quotes and Verses
Commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan. He will give them all the land you now see before you as their possession. (God’s words to Moses) Deuteronomy 3:28
’”People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be, not what you nag them to be.” ~Anonymous
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
Encouragement is awesome. It (can) actually change the course of another person’s day, week, or life. ~Chuck Swindoll
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-29
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. ~John Quincy Adams
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:2-4
“The most important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins; that’s very empowering. Knowing Him and knowing that He loves me gives me encouragement and confidence to move forward.” – Benjamin Carson
Encourage someone whether you think they need it or not – Everyone needs encouragement, and sometimes those who seem to be need it least need it most.
Top 10 Ways to Ways to Spread Encouragement:
- Value what’s important to them.
- Offer to help.
- Say “please” and “thank you” always.
- Speak the truth without exaggerating.
- Send a card or note; better still phone them.
- Celebrate milestones and accomplishments.
- Be available to listen.
- Give a journal, fill out the first page with all the ways they bless you.
- Praise publicly.
- Pray for them.
Spread encouragement. Spread hope. It will bless the people around you. It will bless you.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~Mother Teresa