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Giving an Encouraging Word

Talent: characteristic feature, aptitude or disposition of a person; the natural endowments of a person

Words matter. They can encourage or deter creative pursuits. I still remember two elementary school teachers that I had. The orchestra teacher told me that I had no musical ability and discouraged me from attempting to play the violin. (I heard don’t try to be involved in any musical activities.) 

An art teacher said that I had artistic ability and recommended that I be included in a special art class. I was encouraged and blessed by this opportunity.

As parents, grandparents and teachers we desire to guide children, helping them to realize their potential. I know I tried to do that for my children. I see it as my role as grandmother, to speak encouraging words.

What about in the church? Do I recognize the talents of my fellow believers and encourage them? 

God has given each of us a role. We can encourage each other along the way.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

8 Comments on “Giving an Encouraging Word

  1. Encourage ye the brethren,
    and the children too,
    for good doth come around and then
    they’ll do the same for you.
    Encourage ye the prisoner
    whose life is iron-barred
    to accept the Great Redeemer
    whose back was, for us, scarred.
    Encourage ye the pastor
    who sometimes feels ignored,
    that his sermons are disaster,
    and the congregants all bored;
    he has so very much to do,
    so let’s get coffee for each pew.

  2. Carol, thank you for your writings. I look forward to reading them. Always a blessing. Makes me smile. You are an encouragement to me.

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