Friday, January 17, 2014

Encouragement is the shy girl

I'm linking up today with the community of writers at Lisa Jo Baker's blog for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes of writing just for the fun of it. No backtracking, just writing. Check out Lisa Jo's blog to join in , or just hop on over and read what others have written on the prompt, "encouragement".


To what can encouragement be likened?

She is like a shy girl who cannot be forced to be in the center of attention.

When she is asked, she retreats, in fact, she may run away.

I want her to stay and play.
To be my friend.
To make all my wishes come true.

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She is like a breath of fresh air in my face or the wind in my sails, but she cannot be forced.

If she is forced, she becomes something else that will darken my skies.

If Encouragement is forced, she becomes Discouragement.

How can I beg her to stay on her own accord?
I cannot.

I must trust that if she really cares for me she will stay.
She will stay because she truly wants to.

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I must put my trust in Someone else however.
Someone who I know will always have more supply than I have demand.
Someone who promises to supply all of my needs.

I need to trust and not waver.

If I put my trust in any other source, I will eventually be truly disappointed.
Any other source is fickle and that source may not have it to give.

I desire Encouragement to be my friend, not my foe.

She must come willingly and on her own time and in her own way.

I will trust the One True Source.


How about you? How do you see encouragment?
You are an encouragement to me.
Thanks for stopping by!


Five Minute Friday


  1. This is so beautiful and so true! And I really appreciated the line "If Encouragement is forced, she will become Discouragement". I love that you use that to drive you to the one true source of encouragement. Simply beautiful!!!

    1. Thanks so much! I visited and commented on your post. We are coming from the same angle today! It's those darn expectations! Blessings to you!

  2. You expressed encouragement so beautifully! I loved how you said that if it is displayed wrongly, it becomes discouragment. Wow, can I relate! You are so right about trusting Someone who always provides wisdom and encouragement in the most sincere and trustworthy way! Keep writing, it's obvious you have a gift! Blessings from 5MF, your "neighbor" Cindy

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy, for your kind words. Your "encouragement." You are a blessing!


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