Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Battle fatigue

"A tired warrior of Jesus need not burn out for lack of grateful praying friends."   ~ Anonymous ~

When people grow tired they need the support of sensitive friends. Their fatigue may flow from trials and tribulations out of their control. They may be worn down over ongoing financial challenges. Fatigue can weaken faith.

When we extend a little bit of encouragement, it can be a lifeline that leads someone back to the Lord. Well-timed encouragement is internal "chicken soup for the soul"!   Each day, life can drain courage from a hurting heart, but when we are there to give back courage with a kind word, a little cash, or a heavy duty faith-filled prayer, it can change lives.  Few people complain of receiving too much loving support!

A tired heart is especially in need of spiritual encouragement... I've been the tired heart that fought doubt in God.  I've been the emotionally exhausted soul that just couldn't find any courage left inside myself.    But, close sensitive friends poured out spiritual love and encouragement on me!  They prayed for me non-stop.  They held out their hands and sat with me and cried with me. 

This rant is just to boldly encourage Christ followers to reach out and GENUINELY support each other.  That support is evidence that God is at work!  Listen and discern when the Holy Spirit is prompting you and then DO SOMETHING!  Call someone you know that is struggling.  Send them a card.  Give them a small gift of money or a gift card.  Do coffee with them and allow them to "lay down" their heavy burdens.  Don't allow a fellow warrior to die from battle fatigue...

“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11).

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)

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