As several of you have noticed, I haven’t been writing on my blog lately. I just didn’t have peace about writing about the COVID-19 crisis and how it didn’t change my life drastically like it has others, until today.
But before I write about that, I want to thank the people in my life who have continued to encourage me to write. I want to especially thank this person who is a special needs teacher and started following my blog in April. His name is Jeff Watts. Jeff has never met me and I’ve never met him. Yet he took time to read each blog post I’ve written and commented 40 times and liked 151 of my blog posts. It was such an unexpected blessing and encouragement I needed. During that week or two, I would open my email and each time I’d get a email that he’d liked or commented on my blog. I have prayed this before and written about it: “If my blog helps one person during the past 8 years and beyond it will be worth it.” I know my family and friends are encouraged by it, and I’m thankful for the support and love I receive. But when a complete stranger takes time to follow my blog, read all my blog posts, and comment and like them, it just excites me and gives me hope about future posts and hopefully one day a book.
This is one of my favorite comments he left, “I’m enjoying getting to know you better as GOD’s child who is definitely growing in her walk along the way.”
When we stop what we’re doing and take time to send an encouraging text to someone or write a note to someone to just say, “I was thinking about you,” it’s worth it. The time we take to get to know a person may seem tedious and awkward, especially if you’re talking to a person who is non-verbal. But I think that’s where texting or emailing is a blessing. It’s probably not as awkward texting me. For years, I’ve made it a practice to text people that the Lord puts on my mind every day. Texting for me is great tool to communicate with others I care about. Or be creative like my friend, Jeff, was and encourage a blogger. You never know—they might write a blog post about you one day.
Who have you been a blessing to during this quarantine time?
We have had more time than ever to do whatever we want. How are you using it?
During this time, has there been a person who has encouraged you?