Last week I shared about the importance of blessing others with our spoken words. God continues to show me its significance, especially when blessing others becomes second nature.
Once again, a story about my dear mother-in-law. Although dementia consumes her mind, she does have moments of clarity. Even in those moments, she has difficulty communicating. If you pay attention, though, you can understand what she wants you to know.
A little over a week ago she fell and fractured her arm. A few days later she visited her orthopedist. And the conversation she had with her intake nurse is one I’ll not soon forget. As “J” asked questions about her arm and other related issues, Gerry began to ask her own questions. She had a sense about what J needed, and encouraged her in her walk of faith. J was deeply touched, as she was, indeed, going through some difficult days. Later, Gerry encouraged her again. We learned that a few days prior she purchased her first Bible.
Encouraging others in their walk of faith is how she is wired. Even though dementia is taking its toll on her mind, it has no hold on her heart. Who she is in Christ remains (Romans 8:38-39)! And occasionally we get to see that.
Even more amazing–at almost 95 years old, God is not finished with her! He is still using her to encourage those who cross her path.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees … Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:12-14)
You see, in all the years I’ve known her, anytime I walked in the doors of her home, Gerry spoke words of blessing over me. At some point during each visit, she let me know she loved me, she saw God working in my life, and encouraged me in my ministry. (I am doubly blessed, because my own mother does the same!)
The lesson for us? God wants us to bless and encourage people all around us. Not only our family and friends. Like Gerry, blessing others becomes second nature when we make this our way of life and heart.Blessing others becomes second nature when we make this our way of life and heart.
My personal schedule is ramping up once again as we approach Winter Guard championships. I want to stay in touch with y’all, so I will have weekly posts, but for the next few weeks they will likely be short–as this one is.
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