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How To Encourage A Friend!

     Do you ever feel down?  Does the devil tell you no one cares?  I know I feel this way sometimes;like no really cares.  Now, I know they do but it is so easy when you are tired, stressed and overwhelmed to start to believe the devils lies.  If we know we feel that way, you can be sure your friends do too.  
     One way we can combat his lies is to encourage one another.  It says in the bible......we are to edify one another in I Thessalonians 5:11.  Edify, encourage, build up, comfort.  So we know we should do it.  SO how do we do it?  

     Here are a few ideas.....

 1}Take a picture (of your friend, of the two of you, of a sign, anything that says them to you). Print it out and write a note telling them specifically how they are making a difference in lives. Mail it to them.
2}Send them a text.
3}Remember their birthday
4} Make  a mindmap.Here’s what that is: Put their name in the middle of a piece of paper. Around it make 5 lists: odd things they do; ways they care about others; objects or activities they love most; things THEY want to do better (NOT what YOU want them to do better); people who speak well of them.Send it to them, use it when you send emails, texts,calls etc so you can share with them.
5} If they have hurt you, Forgive them (don’t tell them about it, just forgive them).
6}Reply to their emails, even if just to acknowledge receipt. If they reach out, respond, it doesn't have to be long to be encouraging.
7}Never assume they know you care. It only takes a couple of minutes to send a text, email or short note.

     You never know how much this might mean to them and what a difference it might make. Listen to this song, it says how much it might mean and what a difference it might make.

God bless, Pat

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