Thursday, January 24, 2008

Encouragement



I'm the kind of person who needs regular encouragement to keep on going. And, I'm so grateful for friends who keep encouraging me often. My husband is my greatest source of encouragement - praying for me and constantly lifting me up with his words.

My real life friends have listened to me pour out my heart and have prayed over me, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit to encourage and lift up my soul.

My bloggy friends find ways to remind me that this blog matters, that who I am and what I do and say glorify God, which is what it's really all about. You ladies can't imagine how much these things lift my spirits! Blogging has become more than just a writing outlet, but a place to make friendships. For each of you, I am very thankful!

Thank you friends - thank you for ministering to me with encouragement! The following awards are from Denise and Robin and Susan.



I'd like to pass on these awards to some new ladies I've met through Proverbs 31 ministries:

Lysa TerKeurst, director of Proverbs 31 Ministries
Renee Swope, Lysa's cohort :)
Miss Sandy
Amy Brooke


And to some real life friends who have been an encouragement to me in this writing journey:

Mary Pierce, aka the "laugh lady"
Cindy Ruchti

Thank you Father for the encouragers You've sent my way!
Iris is hosting Thankful Thursdays - visit her for more thankful hearts.

23 comments:

Cynthia Ruchti said...

Heather, you blessed my socks off! Now what am I going to do? It's 29 below zero with the wind chill today! Not the day to go sockless! (I will happily cope, for the joy of your kind words. Keep writing, Heather. You are serving a beautiful purpose with beautiful words).

Living Beyond said...

AMEN girlfriends are a gift from God!! So glad you are blessed by so many encouragers!

MrsProverbs31 said...

What a beautiful day. Thank you for doing something out of the ordinary. Friends, Shoua

Robyn said...

Words of encouragement are fuel for the soul. I need them, too!! Have you ever done the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman? You probably are a words of affirmation girl. So is my husband...well, not the girl part!

I hope you are keeping warm up there. I hope it hits above zero so you can get out and get some fresh air!!

Mary Pierce said...

What a blessing you are to ME! :-) Thank you for warming my heart on this cold day...
Joy always,
Mary P

Lysa TerKeurst said...

You are so kind! Thank you for encouraging me so very often. And I agree, wonderful friendships can be made through this blogging adventure. I'm glad to be bloggy friends with you!!!

You are so kind to link to me and my P31 buds- thank you~

And I loved your radical post!!! So much my heart. If I can get past my laundry room fiascos that is!

Smiles!

genny said...

Thats nice of you for thanking friends. Take care your nice too.

Amy L Brooke said...

Thanks! That is a day maker.

It came through via email this morning to link to find out and I can't link "social" things there, so I had to wait until I got home. It was fun!

It is good getting to know you!

Tami Boesiger said...

Congratulations on your awards, Heather. I hope they encourage you to keep being you, to the benefit of the rest of us.

Marsha said...

Colossians 2:2 in action here! ~ "...that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself."

Bless you, dear one!

Susan said...

Hey Heather,

So blessed you were encouraged. Your blog TRULY matters, and God is glorified through you your writings.

I look forward to your updates.

Happy TT to you!

A Stone Gatherer said...

I love your post! I have some great encouragers too! My husband especially! He is a great gift from God!

Denise said...

Be blessed dear.

Ann said...

Friends are a wonderful blessing! Congrats on the awards!

Audrey said...

I loved reading this entry. I have made some incredible friends online. I cherish each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing your words.

Amy L Brooke said...

You have been tagged! (You may or may not be happy about this.) Try to think of it as an opportunity to canvas your brain for truly random yet enlightening info on yourself and make others chuckle. I think it is a blogging coummunity kind of thing. I'm not totally sure what I think, but someone tagged me, so . . . . If you check out my site, I even share a magic trick that you can use to awe and amaze those around you!

Lynn said...

Heather,

You are a wonderful writer. But more, you are a child of God seeking to know His will for your life and sharing His love along the way. I am so glad that you do. I have been blessed by you so often. Here at your place and through your kind and encouraging words.

Wonderful post. Love you, Lynn

Heather said...

Heather, what you send into the lives of others truly does come back to you tenfold. You received encouragement because you so freely give it to others. You are a blessing!

Vicki said...

Heather, you are very deserving of these recognitions, and I'm blessed to know you, my friend. Keep writing, keep smiling!

Cheryl said...

What a great post. I too need those "words of encouragement". It sometimes gives me the strength to move on. Thanks for sharing. God Bless!

Renee Swope said...

Heather, you ARE such an encourager!! Thank you for your sweet words of grace that are living water to those who thirst for hope and grace. Lysa and I were talking the other day about how our love languages are "words of encouragement" and how much we feel loved by our bloggy friends. You are one of those that God uses to love on me and help me to keep writing even when I don't know where I'm going when I start a post.

Blessings and encouragement back to you! Have a great weekend.

Renee

eph2810 said...

You are so right, Heather. God places people into our lives that encourage us. It is wonderful to know what others lift us in prayer and speak words of encouragement.

I truly enjoy the Proverbs 31 ministry. I get their magazine and read their devotional blog.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Be blessed today and always.

Mel's World said...

You are truly deserving! Every time I pop over here I am refreshed and inspired!

Take Care,
Melissa