Thankful Thursdays: Week 40 – Encouragement

Thankfulness Lately October 11, 2012

Last month I spoke to the Food for the Hungry staff about Ethiopia.  I was saddened by how many of the details of the trip had faded already.  I sat there and grasped for memories.

There are stories left to write, will I still be able to tell them?  Self-doubt creeps in.  Maybe I’m not doing a good enough job.  Responsibility weighs heavy on my shoulders.


Two days ago, my pride took a blow and my wallet took a hit as I lost a writing job.  I had been asking God to prune things out of my life that took time away from what was most important, but this still stung.


Last night, halfway through my “gluten-free” meal at a Mexican restaurant, I felt the tingling in my brain that told me I was being glutened.  It will take my body 2-3 weeks to get through the effects of the restaurant’s mistake.

This morning I was feeling weary.  Tired.  And then…

A text from a friend.  A friend in Tucson I hadn’t heard from in a while.


“Just wanted to say thanks for challenging our
family to ‘do more, and be more’. You’re awesome!”

In that moment, the weariness lifted and I was encouraged.  Beyond encouraged, I was blessed.

If someone in your life has inspired you or helped you along on your journey, will you take a few seconds to encourage them today?  You never know how much they might need it in this moment.  Send a text, write a letter, make a phone call, send a tweet.

Do it.

Now!  Go do it!



Thank you Kandice.

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  • teri@managedmacros October 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Way to pay it forward and bring that inspiration full circle. Love the photograph of you, , it looks very deep and speaks many words..

    • inspiredrd October 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you Teri. I appreciate you!

  • Jeff Bajenaru October 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I love you baby!

    • inspiredrd October 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm


  • Kandice October 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    YOU planted the seed! After looking at Denden (our FH child) and seeing where he is and what condition he is in my heart ached and I am now attached to someone I haven’t even met that our family can help…all because of you.

    • inspiredrd October 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Gah. Stop it! 🙂

  • Stephanie October 30, 2012 at 12:04 am


    Your post Reminded me of these wise words by Mother Teresa: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”