Your never know when one kind act or word of encouragement will change a life forever. ~unknown
What do you think of when you think of Encouragement? My regular readers know that to me encouragement means sheltering. It's allowing others to sit under our sheltering tree to find soul rest from the despair the enemy brings to us, the harsh words from someone professing to love us and life happenings that threaten to overwhelm us.
Encouraging others is a direct command from God. Therefore encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Think outside the box when selecting someone to encourage. God often impresses someone on my heart and it's not until later I know the "why." And sometimes I never do...and that's fine, too. The beauty is in the obedience.
Pinterest gives us encouragement ideas from the most creative minds around the world. No longer can someone use the excuse "I don't know what to do." One way I am enjoying using Pinterest ideas is in what I call The Colors of Encouragement.
1. A Box of Sunshine (all yellow) for Sick...Discouraged...Winter Blahs
Great List of Sunshine Ideas
2. Orange You Happy (all orange) I'm Your Daughter...Sister... Friend...Mother
Your Deployment is Almost Over
It's Your Birthday
3. Tickled Pink (all pink) to be your Daughter..You Have a New Baby, You're Engaged
Box of Pink
4. I'm Feeling Blue (all blue) without You...Soldier...Child in College...Far-a-way Friend
Blue Without You
These baskets do not need to expensive. Here's some ideas to keep the cost down:
1. Melanie runs colored paper through a paper shredder. Instant basket filler
2. Buy items in packages (i.e. gum, candy, notebooks, etc., then use them for several baskets.
3. Shop the dollar store, Michaels' and Target's dollar spot. For children look in the party supplies.
4. Find baskets at yard sales and spray paint them to match your gift.
5. Make some "theme colored" gifts ahead that you can grab when making a basket:
What color are you painting with this week?