A few weeks ago, in post 19, I wrote about my duck tape encrusted light switch cover, and change. I do not know if you are in the process of working on a life change, but I do know that the ordinary challenges of each day with autoimmune disease can make it seem impossible to add anything else to the mix. When you have to live everyday with lupus, CFS, sjogren’s, etc, life changes will often need good doses of, not only courage, but encouragement. A faithful encourager, walking beside you, is invaluable.
Several years ago I got up the nerve to invite a couple that we did not know over for dinner . They sat across from us in church, and I felt drawn to them for several weeks. During church I asked them if they wanted to come over that day for Easter dinner. It was a crazy thing to do. I was sure they would think I was a nut, like my daughter did, but after church they said yes. That was the beginning of our friendship.
As time went on, I taught my new friend some quilting. Later, I stepped out of my comfort zone, and asked her to be a prayer support for me during a challenging time of writing this blog. A couple of years ago, we made a decision to try to get together as couples once a month. In the meantime my friend made a life choice to lose weight. She had great success.
While I was happy for her and my other close friends in church that had recently lost weight, I did not think I could do it. I had tried several times with little success. After months of consideration, I saw Chris Powell on Dr Oz. His plan clicked with me, and I decided to give it a try.
Let me tell you, I do not know what I did to deserve it, but my friend became my biggest encourager. Every week she sees me, she is quick to ask how I have done, and tell me how good I look. On weeks when I have struggled, she has boosted my morale. She is quick to share her tips and her struggles.
We went to their house the other week anticipating another great time of fellowship. Shortly after arriving, she looked at me with such sincerity and told me how great I looked. She amazed me with her consistent encouragement. Little did she know, I was not feeling particularly good about myself that night.
I know you live in the same world I do, and you probably know how rare this soul is, and how blessed I am that I have been given such a gift to help me with this challenge.
As for my friend, perhaps she is standing with me because the battle is still fresh in her mind as she struggles to lose the last few pounds herself, but I do not think so. I think she has made a choice to make a difference in my life, knowing the day-to-day struggles, not just of losing weight, but of living with chronic illness.
As for me, I am truly thankful for this encourager God has planted in my life.
Are you an encourager? Perhaps it is time to step out of your comfort zone, and ask for encouragement for yourself as you deal with the daily challenges of illness, or with a life change you are making. Or maybe you know someone who could use an encourager, and could be as invaluable to them as my friend is to me.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I welcome your comments. Until next time….Leslie Rose K