There are so many great encourage one another quotes out there that I wanted to spend some time looking at a few of them. Of course, I want to start with the Word before the world talking about encouragement. I mentioned in my Nightly Examen for Children post, one of the first questions we ask our children, we ask ourselves is, “Did I encourage others today?” This question is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Let’s get this Bible quotes, encourage one another quotes post started.
Inspiring Bible Quotes: Encourage One Another Quotes
That picture above? It was taken right after I had my seventh baby six years ago. See me holding him in the sling? That’s our reflection in the front door. Look past me and the baby. Through the back door, you see my sixth baby looking in and through the house at us. Watching me, watching momma. Sometimes, I would guess many times, our encouragement to others is not necessarily something we say specifically to them at just the right moment. More often than not, isn’t encouragement “caught not taught” as the saying goes? And I wonder how many more times we encourage or discourage, without even realizing someone was watching us? Much like the image above of my little boy watching me, just because we’re not aware of them, doesn’t mean they aren’t aware of us.
I had no idea my little guy was watching me through the house, through the door. Every time I see this picture I wonder, how many times are we being watched without realizing it? The way we calmly and gently handle a cranky toddler in the store or at Church can encourage someone without us ever saying a word to them personally. And sometimes the way we don’t calmly or gently handle a cranky toddler can encourage someone as well. And what about the times we happen upon a worn mother just trying to do her best with an equally worn toddler…and we smile?
I don’t know about you but sometimes I smile because, at that very moment, I get a little glimpse into how all of heaven must see me and God. Me, the cranky toddler who is defiant, whiny, and maybe even literally running away! And God, the ever patient, gentle, most perfect Father trying to be my comfort and my counsel.
St. Teresa of Calcutta was probably one of the greatest encouragers of our time and famously spoke of the power of a smile,
Years ago, I was sitting in Church, reading Holiness for Housewives: And Other Working Women while my two little girls, 20 months apart, sat quietly beside me. Of course, I don’t remember this because it seems to me like I have spent the last twenty years standing in the vestibule so I’m surprised I was actually sitting and reading! A woman came with her little boy in and sat on the other side of the church from me. When she was not wrestling her toddler, she would steal glances at me and think, “She’s so holy, I could never be friends with her…Her children are so perfect, we could never be friends…She’s so calm and relaxed, she would never want to be friends with me and my wild toddler…”
Wow! What a beating that woman was giving herself! How discouraging!
I got up to walk out and as my skirt swished across my ankles, she saw my tattoo on my ankle (which I consider a scar, but we’ll talk about that another day) and I smiled at her and her wriggly toddler as I walked by. She was encouraged! “She may not be as holy as I think? She might have a post or at least a good story because I wouldn’t have pegged her as a momma with a tattoo! maybe we can be friends!” she thought.
Turns out we could. Her outgoing Sanguine personality and easy going temperament were just what this uptight, Choleric momma needed. My encouragement that day? Being me. I didn’t try to make myself into something I wasn’t, tattoo and all. I had no idea this woman was watching me and judging her self-worth based on what she saw. I did know worn and weary mommas, just trying to do their best, could use a smile. I knew this because been there–done that–still going through it.
How many opportunities do we have daily to encourage one another just by offering a smile as we pass by or catch another momma’s embarrassed eye because we or they are the one with “that child” or “that voice”…you know, the one we all swore we’d never have? What we try so hard to cover and camouflage to make us seem perfectly encouraging…can actually discourage.
Speaking of ways to encourage and a smile topping the list, you what else is a huge encouragement? Cards, notes, letters–like real ones sent in the mail with a stamp and all! Or handed to a favorite cashier, hairdresser or daycare worker. It’s funny how something so simple can have such a huge impact–day changing for sure but sometimes even more than just a day. I keep an old notecard my mother in law sent me in the weeks prior to giving birth to my second baby. I cannot tell you how many times I have pulled that card out to remind me I am doing a hard, holy work, and someone sees me. Dayspring has some of the loveliest cards around for all types of encouragement.
I’ve recently written a little about my struggles with fear and anxiety. And those wounded words have been met with timid emails saying, “You too? I would never have known. Me too.”
A woman from Church told me one time one of the worst things a woman can do is thoroughly clean her house before inviting another woman over. It presents this facade of perfect that we know doesn’t exist…but our invited guest–she doesn’t. I’m not saying live like a pig to be an encouragement to other women. I am saying…
Being able to recite inspiring Bible quotes is awesome and a worthy spiritual practice…but living a life of encourage one another quotes is much more beneficial to ourselves and our fellow sisters. Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. In the Hide ‘Em in Your Heart CD’s, just for fun and to prove a point, he sings the opposite, “Discourage one another and tear each other down.” Let’s not do that ok mommas; not even to prove a point.
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