“On the day of your birth, the Creator filled countless storehouses, set aside for your use and yours alone.” Maya Angelou
“What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.” Proverbs 18:21
“Speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord.” “Encourage Yourself” Donald Lawrence
If you are reading this, this message is designed directly and specifically for you,
So, receive it first for yourself, before thinking of someone you want pass it on to.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and that is true.
This applies to the words we pour into ourselves, too.
It’s a blessing to receive encouragement from someone else,
But it should never replace encouraging yourself
It’s a blessing to encourage and lift up someone else.
But it should never replace encouraging and lifting up yourself.
It’s a blessing to celebrate the God given gifts you see in your friends
But it should never replace celebrating your own God given gifts within
It’s a blessing to acknowledge the gifts of others that shine bright
But it doesn’t mean that you diminish or dim your own light
This is a reminder that I am sharing with myself
My prayer is that it is a reminder to someone else.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling yourself,
You weren’t created to have your gifts collect dust on a shelf.
You should always be the first to encourage yourself.
Your gifts and talents were never designed to be confined
They were given to us and created to shine.
Encouraging and cheering for myself,
Rev. Sheila P. Spencer
P.S. Bless yourself and listen to Donald Lawrence’s anthem “Encourage Yourself.”
Rev. Sheila P. Spencer is an author, poet, teacher and preacher. You can contact her at CustomMadeInspiration@gmail.com and her website is www.sheilapspencer.com.