The Secret of Encouragement



Do you know what I’ve discovered about words? Not just any words, but those encouraging words? Words that give hope.

Not everyone has them. Everyone needs them, but not everyone has access to them.

Encouragement lives in a house that once knew pain. A house that would sometimes wonder why, but still longed to trust. Still dared to hope.

How have I arrived at this observation?

Life has pain 

While looking at those who hurt, I notice something. The ones with encouraging words are those who have tasted pain and tasted God.

When it seems like some people don’t understand what you are going through, it’s because they can’t.

Our brains are wonderful organs. We have the capability of creating and discovering umpteen thoughts per second. I learned a lot in a class I took where I actually held a human brain.

Our brains are storehouses for our memories as well. Our brains pair our pain with our ability to remember. It’s a strong cohesion.

Emotion does that. When we feel deeply, we remember. So, in our times of pain, God whispers to us, and we hear him.

God gently pours balm on our hurts and feelings of loss. God lifts a heart so laden down it barely beats.

God heals

In my deepest pain I hear him the clearest. Because he is acquainted with grief. There’s nothing we can go through which he can’t feel.

If he knows when a sparrow falls, how much more when we do?

God is a storehouse of encouragement. He can give words that can ease pain.

And you can tap into that storehouse. All you have to do is be willing to feel with someone. To weep with those who weep.

The God opens up his hope chest and chooses the choicest of words. The gentle phrases that seep into our very souls.
Just words that come from a hurting heart.You won’t find platitudes in there. Nor will you find quaint phrases that fit on a plaque.

Words are powerful

And we are given the privilege of keeping these words and meting them out for comfort.

And will we run out? Never.

Do you know why? Because the all powerful one is the source. And his resources are eternal.

So, go ahead and enter into someone’s hurt. Lean into it with all that you are.

Give someone encouragement. Everyone needs it.

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16 thoughts on “The Secret of Encouragement

  1. Beautiful post, Anne. I love what you said here, “So, go ahead and enter into someone’s hurt. Lean into it with all that you are.” I think that often God allows us to go through pain so that we can be an encourager to others.



    • I agree Joan. Plus if I didn’t go through pain, there is a part of God I wouldn’t know. The fact he is the God of all comfort. God has comforted me like no other when I have gone through grief. Because he is well acquainted with grief. The last line of one of my favorite poems God gave me is “He understood, as no one could.” Thanks for reading, and for your comment.


  2. Hi Anne. It’s lovely to meet you through the week of encouragement. This is a very encouraging post. It is so often true that we provide the best support and encouragement to others out of our own pain and brokenness. The empathy and understanding flow naturally when we have been in their shoes. Though even if we haven’t, any suffering we experience and the subsequent comfort from God first and foremost is a key to relating to the needs of others. Words are very powerful indeed. A theme I’ll be exploring in my post! Blessings 🙂


    • Hi Joy,
      Thanks for reading my post, and thanks for your thoughtful comments. I feel like it is really a privilege to experience some of the harder things because of the benefit we obtain. When you look back in your life, when did you really learn about God. It wasn’t just when things were going well. At least, it wasn’t for me. When my sister disappeared and we were waiting and waiting for over 20 years, God was the sustaining force in my life. God gives peace that passes understanding. And you’re right, even if we never experience what others experience, or to the degree they do, we still experience the God who is there. The God of all power, all strength, and all comfort. This is the only place we can trust him. Our learning ground.


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