January is always a hard month for me as I really depend on sunshine, being outdoors which is usually pretty difficult in the dead of winter and time with people to boost my spirits!
Unfortunately, this January has not been any different. Matt and I have both battled discouragement during the last 2 to 3 weeks. We had a lot of committments to start the year off which was hard because of having so much "together" time in December with Christmas break. Drastic changes are hard in life no matter how much you prepare for them or experience them. We also got sick with flu/cold symptoms that have hung on for at least a week and a half. Furthermore, we were not getting much encouragement from other friends and family as many were drained themselves.
With this all going on we asked various people in our lives for extra prayers and reached out. Once we did this and started to focus our energies on other things besides ourselves, we started to be encouraged. We had an awesome turn out at our Community Group that we lead, we were finally starting to feel better and I was hungry to read the Bible and be encouraged through God's truths.
Why does it take us so long to share with others and turn our thoughts and eyes on God, the giver of good gifts and promises? Everyone on this earth is struggling or will struggle with various things in our lives. We are called to encourage one another through God's word and deeds.
Who might be someone that you could encourage today?