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Kathy Shaw

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Several years back, the Lord started really dealing with me to study the subject of being an encourager. Though I had spent most of my life in ministry trying to help others, I felt a special need to explore the topic even deeper than I had currently known. One day I purchased an old book while at the thrift store called, “Encouragement- The Key to Caring” by Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender. It changed my life! It also became a newly-cherished treasure to add to my personal library of books. The things we will explore today did not…

“En-” means to put in or into; “courage” means to be confident and strong, therefore, encourage means to put courage and strength into someone. “Dis-” reverses the word it’s attached to. “Discourage” means to take courage away. An encouraging person is pleasant to be around because he builds you up and strengthens you by his words, actions, and attitudes. A discouraging person weakens, deprives of hope, and tears down rather than strengthening and building. Jennifer Rothschild says, “A good compliment gives us a happy buzz. It lifts us like sugar does….a quick buzz and then a let down that makes…

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (Luke 4:18 ESV) In prayer this morning the Lord showed me that all our suffering, past failures, loss, abuse, hurts, and dysfunction serves as a platform in our life for God to work if we will allow him too. We often ask God why, or feel low, or even get depressed about the things we…