“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
I so appreciate the ministry of Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies. A friend and I once had an opportunity to spend a day at one of her ladies’ retreats when she was in our state and it was a time of wonderful encouragement.
Around that same time, I found an article that she had written on her website called Encourage One Another – A Daily Ministry and I thought I would share a story from this article. I love this little bit of encouragement! This is what Nancy says:
“I remember one lovely incident when I was teaching on this subject back in New Zealand many years ago. One dear young mother who lived across the road from me, began to wait on the Lord each morning for God to show her who He wanted her to encourage. God burdened her heart with a widow who lived down the street. She felt that she should do something practical for her and also visit her. She baked some scones, but felt that it wasn’t enough. So she went down to the shop and looked around for a little gift to purchase for her. As she looked to the Lord to guide her, she felt drawn to a little vase, that would only hold one flower. She took the scones and the gift to this widow who was so blessed by her love and thoughtfulness.
However, God wasn’t finished yet! Another sister was also waiting on God and he burdened her heart with this same widow! “What do you want me to do to encourage her?” she asked the Lord. She felt God touching her heart to buy some flowers for her. Off she went to the florist shop to buy a big bunch of flowers, but when she got there, she felt impressed by the Lord to purchase only one flower, a lovely specimen! Can you imagine how blessed this dear widow felt when the second sister arrived a few minutes later with the one flower to put in the vase that would hold just one flower? She realized how much God loved her and thought about her. And these ladies were so thrilled to know that they were sensitive and obedient to the Lord.”
Isn’t this wonderful encouragement?! I have been reminded about some verses in Titus chapter 2 and 3 about good deeds. Those two chapters are overflowing with encouragement in this area. Titus 3:1 says “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.” (ESV) I want to be “ready for every good work“! I want to be used like the two women in the story by Nancy Campbell to bring encouragement to others. Isn’t it exciting to be used by the Lord in even just small everyday ways like that? What a joy to be about the good deeds that He has prepared for us!
Many blessings! ♥