NLIC Women’s Update 10/20 | “Encouragement” – Answers to Q. of the Month

Focus for October: Encouragement
Heb. 10:24 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”

Scroll down to read Eileen Roberts’ response to the Question of the Month!


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Question of the Month: Would you share an example of a time that someone has encouraged you?

Proverbs 17:17  “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

When my children were young and I was struggling with my ungodly responses to their rebellious behavior, I often responded with anger instead of giving grace and love. Then I had to deal with the guilt and sin of my anger. Those whispers in my ear from the enemy telling me over and over again “see you blew it again, “you call yourself a Christian”. I became very depressed and more angry and never felt loved by God despite the strong teaching of unconditional love of Christ from our Pastor, Bible studies, confessing my sin and trying again. Yes I had accepted Christ seven years previously.One day while walking around my house depressed and crying, (the children were in school), believing no one cared, wondering who could I ever tell that I was depressed and angry, a friend called me at this exact time. Not wanting to answer the phone in the state I was in, I gathered my composure and picked up the phone. My friend didn’t say hello, she just started talking saying, “I just want you to know what a beautiful person you are and I’m so glad we are friends”.

Well, I totally broke down weeping and grieving, explaining to her what my state of emotion was. The conversation continued as she prayed for me on the phone and calmed me down. Pointing me to Christ and my freedom in Him. “There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”.  Romans 8:1, among other encouraging words.  This phone call jump started lunch times together, speaking into each other’s lives and holding each other accountable.

At those desperate, emotional times as women, times when we think and believe God is so far away, He always provides encouragement in some way, either through others, a story, or of course His Word.  In my case he provided a phone call by a friend.

My friend and I continue 30 plus years of friendship today. Still struggling with sin and discouragement over the years, we still call each other out of the blue to encourage.  Yes, we call each other!  This friend also sends me early morning scripture versus each morning.

My children as adults as well encourage me and i have been an encourager to them!  God has redeemed our relationships in so many ways for which I am truly grateful!!!! May I encourage you today? If God brings someone to mind consider picking up the phone and call that person. God’s Providence most likely brought her to your mind!  You won’t only encourage her, you will be encouraged as well.

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” Psalm 119:71.  May the Lord continue to encourage you today!

Eileen has been a covenant member of New Life for almost 35 years. She has been married to Stan for 42 years this January and has three adult children and six grandchildren. Eileen has served in prolife ministry for the past 43 years and currently serves on The Board of Directors of Choices Women’s Center/FPC. 
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