Encouraging yourself in the Lord Pt 11

Well, this is it, guys and gals.  Number 11 and the last installment in my series on encouraging yourself in the Lord.  This list may not be exhaustive.  There are probably more.  If you can think of something that I haven’t covered, enter the conversation in the blog and share what you have.  Thank you for that.
Our text from the Bible for this is found in Eph. 2:10, ‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.’  Do something for someone.  My goodness, we were created for it.  They were prepared for us to do.  Now, you’ll note that the text doesn’t say that doing good works for another person will encourage you, but it does.  As a matter of a fact, research tells us that doing a good deed for another person is the number one way that we can encourage ourselves.
It gets our focus off ourselves.  It puts a smile on the face of another person.  It often brings back a thank you.  It reminds us of good, happy things.  It encourages us that, right around the corner, someone may be waiting to do a good deed on our behalf that will change our situation, too.  It makes us smile.  It makes us feel happy.
You may find that one good deed is not enough. Try two, or three, or perhaps more.  Keep it up until you feel better.  Give a compliment.  Give a gift.  Open a door for someone.  Give up a parking space for someone.  Smile at someone.  Encourage another person.  Visit a shut-in.  Call someone.  Greet someone on the street.  Bring a neighbor a plate of cookies.  There are a bizzilion possibilities!  None of those things costs very much, but you’ll be surprised at how much each one of them can do to lift your own spirits.  Suddenly you realize that you’re encouraging yourself in the Lord.
OK, let’s see what we’ve got.  Sing, give thanks, go to His Word, keep good stuff circulating in your head, remember His goodness to you, find an encourager, pray, praise Him, pray and sing in the Spirit, and now, finally, bless someone else.  If you do these things, and persist in them, you’ll be encouraged in the Lord.  Guaranteed!  Just don’t give up.  Encouragement is just ahead.
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ousmanconteh - August 3rd, 2022 at 7:55am

It's well pleasing and touching,

Mike - August 5th, 2022 at 3:31pm

Thank you!

Rich Collingridge - August 6th, 2022 at 2:26am

After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune—and then doubled it! All his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts. Job 42:10 Praying for others brings a blessing upon your life.
Mike Bond - August 9th, 2022 at 6:41pm

Thank you, Richard Collingridge!