Midweek Morsel: Encourage Someone Today

We all go through them. Periods of discouragement. A day, a week , a month when we feel like we’re not making any headway. We wonder if what we’re doing is making a difference. We may even contemplate giving up.

Different things cause discouragement for different people. For writers, discouragement tries to move in when rejection letters come or when blog and newsletter readership doesn’t grow or—oh, the horror—declines. It can also happen when we put our words out there but then don’t hear any feedback from readers.

One of these things alone may not send us spiraling downward, but let the blows come one on top of another, and you may find us in a corner clutching our blankies.

You know what can change our whole outlook, though—writers as well as everyone else? A simple word of encouragement or appreciation. Such a gesture boosts our spirits and provides the renewed energy we need to keep pressing on. Such a gesture makes all the difference.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

*How has someone encouraged you recently? Who can you encourage today?

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  1. Cheryl – I always love stopping by your blog to find your words of encouragement awaiting. I enjoy your insights into the trials and tribulations of a writer’s life as we pursue our dreams towards publication. You always look on the bright side and encourage us all to keep dreaming.
    All the best,

  2. Cheryl,
    What a great word. I received an encouraging email yesterday from a friend. It was so unexpected, but so needed too. And giving a word of encouragement doesn’t take that much time. Even a simple “thinking of you” or “praying for you” posted on FB could mean the difference between a smile or tears. Thanks for encouraging us to be encouragers.

  3. Mairead and Deb, thanks so much for your comments — you have encouraged me! Thanks for taking the time to be a blessing to me. You are appreciated!

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