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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Life is a struggle, right? Many times it is difficult to be positive, especially with all the bad news we hear on television. Recently, I’ve been trying to stay busy and to think positively. In times like these, we should look for ways to encourage ourselves and others.

First, I find strength in the Bible. The following three verses encourage me:

-The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

-Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

Second, being physically and mentally active help to encourage me. I like to accomplish something around the house every day and to exercise (on machines or walking outdoors) as many days as possible. Staying in contact with friends and family helps my outlook. I’ve also read that we should engage our minds by listening to uplifting music, listing our blessings, reading, working puzzles (I like Sudoku.) and playing games.

Third, as much as possible, we should encourage others. How can you encourage others during a pandemic? Although our activities are currently limited, we still have access to phones, computers, and mail. We might call, facetime or private message friends and family.  Encouraging words in any format are helpful.

John C. Maxwell said, “If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it … is changed by it,” and Hilton Als said, “If you have a word of encouragement, you can do anything” (https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/encouragement-quotes). Encouragement is a powerful tool for good. Therefore, we should find ways to encourage ourselves and others.

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