Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Amber Schamel as she encourages us.
True friendship is a jewel of great price. I have friends that have prayed me through, stuck with me, and cheered me on. In return, I want to be the best friend I can possibly be to them. These people are precious to me. I care about them and pray for them a lot.
As I started looking for ways to bless these special people, I noticed that most of my friends tend to get stressed out. They’re constantly worried, discouraged, or stressed. I want to help, but many times I don’t know where to start.
I absolutely understand their struggle, because I have many categories of responsibilities as well. There’s work, family, church, house, not to mention any other projects you may have going on like that genealogy research that needs to happen before family members pass away, or that project you’re supposed to finish for the parents. Most days I feel like a browser with 127 windows open at once.
While what we’re trying to do is make the most of our lives and be productive people, in the end, we just push ourselves too hard. And I don’t have to tell you all the bad effects of stress.
So, how could I help my friends (as well as myself) cut out the stress and replace it with peace and joy?
As I was thinking about this, I looked down at a scripture verse I have taped to my computer screen.
I usually read the KJV, but in this instance, the NLT brought me a better understanding of the verse. Could I encourage my friends, fight the depression hanging over them, and administer an anti-venom to stress just by sharing a few kind words with them?
Words are powerful. The Scripture tells us that even the power of death and life are in the tongue. I can’t tell you how many times I have witnessed this. I’ve had days that felt completely off until someone came up and with a smile or hug simply said, “I love you” and the whole day changed.
But it’s easier said than done. Even as a writer, I have a hard time expressing my appreciation and love for people in words. But think of what it could change!
This week, let’s look for ways we can express words of kindness and encouragement to our friends and see what results it will bring. The Word of God will not return void.
Have you ever experienced a time when you were stressed out and a friend’s words made all the difference?
Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. Her title, Dawn of Liberty, was awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year award in Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online at www.AmberSchamel.com/ and download a FREE story by subscribing to her Newsletter!
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