Day 18 of 31 days of depression.
When you’re down, it’s easy to focus on how much you’d love it if someone encouraged you.
So why not be the encouragement someone else really needs? It’s so simple, I often wonder why more people aren’t more encouraging more often.
Have you seen the Operation Beautiful campaign? I love it. I have participated in it. It’s so much fun! I’ve left a post-it right here for you today. Because I treasure each and every one of you who stops by here!
Suggestions to encourage:
- Write on a Facebook page, blog, tweet it
- Send a card
- Leave an encouraging post-it on a bathroom mirror in a public place
- Write a letter
- Write an email
- Deliver an encouraging message to a neighbor or friend
- Grab a mylar balloon from the dollar store and deliver it to someone
- Bake and deliver
- Craft something for the season and take to someone
You can get more extravagant. I tried to give ideas that are free or almost free. Encouraging someone else will lift your spirits and make you feel better about yourself.
Remember, Your Words Matter! You’re not the only one going through a rough time. I guarantee that.
- Memorize this scripture: The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
- Writing Prompt: Write down things that you can do to encourage someone else. What would you like when you’re feeling down? Don’t forget to write what you are thankful for and act on it. *If you would like a safe and free place to write, try this online journal at Penzu. It is password protected and you can even encrypt the journal if you need to. You can also use a fake name and junk email address for further protection. This way no one at home finds your personal diary entries.
- Pray: Lord, please show me who really needs some encouragement today. I pray to be a blessing to someone or many today and this week. Help me keep my focus on you and not myself. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based on my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion.
I’m so glad this series is back! I was worried. I’m going to do this today. You’re right, it is so easy to do. Thanks Mel for all the encouraging you do every single day! It matters to me!
Sorry, I didn’t publish them while I was out of town. I meant to 🙂 SO now we are back on track. Thank you Vanessa, I appreciate the sweet comments 🙂