Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Romans 12:8

Hi there,

This past Sunday morning while knitting in my pajamas and flipping through the channels, I happened to stop at Dr. Charles Stanley in the middle of his InTouch sermon. He sometimes has some interesting things to say, and his topic on that day was regarding how to be encouraging to others.

A long time ago, in our United Methodist adult Sunday School class in Tennessee, we took a test to find out what spiritual gifts we had to be used for the benefit of others. I recall that I had one that came through loud and clear and much more prominent than any others: I am an encourager.

I liked the list of 25 Ways to Show Encouragement shared by Dr. Stanley:

  1. Call
  2. Text
  3. Write a letter (or an email)
  4. Give a sincere compliment
  5. Pray (what would you have me pray for you about?)
  6. Fulfill a need in someone's life
  7. Give them time
  8. Point them to applicable Scripture
  9. Tell them the truth
  10. Be forgiving
  11. Love (say I love you)
  12. Be a good example
  13. Give Godly correction
  14. Listen to them
  15. Give them your full attention
  16. Be patient
  17. Cry with them
  18. Agree when it's appropriate
  19. Give a meaningful gift
  20. An affirming look
  21. Pass on helpful information
  22. Express loyalty
  23. Love those whom they love
  24. Assisting them in an area in which they feel inadequate
  25. Smile! 

Here's a link to the sermon if you are interested.

(I accept encouragement too, especially when it involves knitting!!!)

xoxo Tammy 


  1. Great post! Thanks for the list of ways to show encouragement.

  2. I appreciate your passing this on, #21, on point! You are the epitome of encouragement, and not just in the knitting arena. I enjoy your blog...you write about a wide range of topics in such a concise manner. Happy Birthday to your DH....and GO PANTHERS! xo 💙

  3. You are DEFINITELY an encourager! I'll never forget all the cheering from the soccer sidelines and all the kind words over the years for every big life moment our families have shared :)


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