1 Samuel 30:6 (ESV)
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
I read a great, practical tip from Ron Edmonson this past week. It reminded me of this verse in 1 Samuel.
In Ron’s post, he suggests keeping an “encouragement folder.” A folder of notes, letters, emails, etc. that:
- …say you’ve done something right.
- …say you know what you are doing.
- …say you made a difference in someone’s life.
Inevitably, we’ll find ourselves feeling much like King David: greatly distressed. For those times, I love the idea of an encouragement folder.
Assuming you have one. If not, better get on that. ;)
It is one tool you can use to encourage/strengthen yourself when you’re feeling down in the dumps.
I would also recommend keeping track of any God-milestones (significant/noteworthy things God’s done in your life).
Then, not only can your encouragement folder be a reminder of how you’ve touched other people’s lives/what you’re doing right, but also be a reminder of all that God’s done in your life.
So, what’s been encouraging you lately? And who can you encourage this week?
3 replies on “An Encouragement Folder: You Need One”
I have really been encouraged by journaling as part of my devotional time. It helps me to mark the milestone that you mention as well as see where God has moved me from and to.
Thanks for the encouraging post – oh an btw – I do keep an encouragement file.
Hrmm. I’ve never regularly kept a daily journal.
I see from your blog you hit 60 days recently. Way to go!
Lately I’ve been challenging other people to do new things, engage God differently. Maybe I should take my own advice and try journaling. ;)
Anyway. Thinking out loud.
Appreciate you taking the time to comment!
Give it a whirl and see what happens – I wish I would have started sooner.
Thanks for jumping over to my blog!