Oh, it’s a great day to walk in freedom! Welcome to our Freedom Fridays, a great way to fill that tool-bag with tools to walk in freedom in all areas of life! Grab your coffee and a journal, and your Strand of Faith and let’s go see what Jennifer’s prepared for us today.
Nourish means to provide (someone or something) things that are needed to live, be healthy, to develop or grow stronger. Often we equate this with food and drink, but I believe that we are to nourish one another. In a relationship it means to be supportive, encouraging and affirming. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Hebrews 3:13 tell us that we are to build each other up every day.
There are many people in the Bible that nourished and encouraged others. Moses (Duet. 3:28), Titus (1 Cor. 7:4),Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22), Judas and Silas (Acts 15:32), Timothy (1 Thess. 3:2) to name a few.
What does it do for us? Why is it important?
- It builds up (1 Thess. 5:11)
- Makes us feel loved and appreciated (2 Cor. 7:13)
- Strengthens us (2 Thess. 2:16-17; 2 Cor. 7:4,7)
- Helps us remain on our appointed path (Acts 11:23)
- Gives us courage (2 Chron. 32:6-7; Phil. 1:14)
- Creates unity and helps fight the temptation to isolate (Rom. 15:5; 1 Thess. 3:6-10)
- Keeps us true to our calling (Deut. 1:38)
- Develops perspective and trust in God (2 Chron. 32:6-7)
With all of these amazing reasons, why is it so easy to criticize and tear down? There are many reasons that come from “woundedness” and bad definitions in our life. When we don’t love and value ourselves, it is hard to love and value others. Oftentimes the root of this is because we were never taught how to be encouragers.
Coffee Hour was designed to encourage you and uplift you on your journey. We appreciate your time and prayers for this ministry as we encourage others through our blogging. My freedom challenge for this week is to think of three people you would like to encourage. Choose one of them to encourage weekly over the next three months. Then sit back and watch them grow.
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love” (Col. 2:2)
Encouraging you in your journey…