Join me – take the #EncouragementDare #Giveaway

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Life is hard, people.  No matter what circumstances we face daily, whether we’re in a first-world or third-world country, despite our color or gender or religion….life is hard.  Think about the last time someone offered encouragement to help you rise to a challenge.  It’s time to take the Encouragement Dare and pay it forward. 

The Encouragement Dare lasts from September 10-15, so I intend to make those 5 days count!  Here are a few of my planned activities.

First, I will make an effort to be intentional and specific through encouraging the children in my life.  I’ll start with my own “personal” kids, and will also make sure to encourage my students.  This is usually best done through personal interaction.  With my kids, I give hugs and listen when they speak.  With my students, it’s through positive feedback on their work.  I also try to get to know them and show that I care. This genuine encouragement goes a long way in building relationships, especially with kids!

In my mom life, there are several wonderful women who make me feel stronger.  My friends Ali, Lori, Leslie, and Michelle are always there to lend a hand when I need them. The ladies in my small group from church have become so dear to me.  They share my heartaches when there’s pain, and celebrate joys with me.  I’m so grateful for all of these girls!  My husband deserves so much gratitude for the way he supports me, too.  Several moms in my life need a bit of encouragement right now, so  I’ll make a special effort to let them know they’re on my mind.   Of course, I won’t forget the most important moms in my life!  I’ll send cards to my mom, mother-in-law, and grandmother to thank them for being such a positive influence in my life. DaySpring’s Encouragement BOGO sale makes it easy and affordable to keep inspirational gifts on hand.

This is a great time to thank the special people in all aspects of our lives. My children’s teachers spend hours with my kids, and I don’t take that lightly.  They need to know how grateful I am for their positive influence!   Ministers, neighbors, and coaches all spend time shaping our lives.  My kids and I will write notes of thanks or send small gifts to these important individuals this week.

Showing encouragement to strangers is difficult for me.  Cashiers at the grocery, servers in restaurants, and other customers in stores also need encouraging thoughts.  Although I might sense their struggles, it’s hard for me to speak up and step out in faith to show that I care.  In reality, this might be the most important way to show God’s love!  This week, I’ll make a special effort to demonstrate the love of Jesus to strangers.

Finally, readers, YOU are an encouragement to me.  So many of my readers send me sweet emails to thank me for the giveaways, posts, and reviews.  I appreciate every positive note you send!  Thank you for taking the time to comment on my posts, share my tweets, and enter the giveaways.

Will you take the Encouragement Dare with me?  If you do, be sure to enter to win a $10 gift card – winner’s choice of Paypal or Amazon (sent via email).  The giveaway is open worldwide to readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck! Dare your friends to take the dare, too — retweet here!

I took the Encouragement Dare at DaySpring. Opinions shared are mine.

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  1. Complimenting people doing a good job and telling your family and friends that you love and care about them.

  2. My brother was a big encouragement to me when I was unemployed and having a hard time finding a job.

  3. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    My children were a big encouragement when I was in an accident and crushed my legs. They did most everything for about 6 months.

  4. My parents were an encouragement when I had a hard time finding a decent job.

  5. I love the cards you can email and the cards of encouragement you can download. Everyone needs encouragement at one time or another most days.

  6. My father always encouraged me.

  7. rochelle Haynes says:

    My mother encourage me to stay in school

  8. My friends showed me lots of encourage and love after my divorce.

  9. My best friend encourages me all the time.

  10. My friend who’s also a swim instructor give me encouragement.

  11. My mom has always encouraged me to be happy.

  12. The Sensory Garden lady in charge gives me encouragement about my tours.

  13. I so appreciated encouragement when my husband was stationed in Afghanistan a few years ago.

  14. My husband supports me and challenges me daily.

  15. I was so encouraged today by the way the people enjoyed my tour.

  16. I’m very big on thanking people.

  17. My best friend always encouraged me when I was getting back on track.

  18. My sister is always encouraging my to be brave and strong

  19. I had some great teachers in college and high school that encouraged me to keep it up.

  20. I thanked the nurses today at the infusion center.

  21. Someone told me they saw Jesus’ love in me and it made me feel like I am exalting Christ 🙂

  22. My husband encourages me all the time, he’s awesome!

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