There are seasons of isolation where encouragement from others is a rare occurrence. If people can't pat you on the back, what do you do? Give up? No, you learn to encourage yourself.
As a child I learned the people that love you "the most" usually support you the least. There were so many times I wanted to have my family show up for me, but they just didn't. I'm talking honor society inductions, performances, track meets, graduations and the list goes on. It's not that I was a bad kid, it's just that encouraging me wasn't the top thing on their list.
Could I blame them? We are talking about people that wouldn't know emotional intelligence if it hit them in the face. So I learned instead of harboring anger and resentment, I called a spade a spade. They would never be there because they didn't know how to be there. Some families think food on the table, a roof over your head and clothes on your back is enough. But how many of you know that we all desire something more?
I had to learn to encourage myself through the storms of life. When I felt low, I'd remind myself of all I'd been through. How the strength I needed was always deeply rooted in me and some situations required a deeper dive to access it. Back then, I thought it was me that brought me through these trials. But I've come to learn this amazing strength from God called "grace." This is the same grace you can access in moments when you feel you have no one.
To whomever reads this and you feel this way today? Know that everything will be alright, and God's grace will make up for the spaces you lack.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
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