Friday, January 17, 2014
Five Minute Friday: Encouragement
Encouragement comes in so many forms
"You can do this."
"Way to go."
"I like your style."
And we hear encouragement a lot. In peoples actions and words.
So why is it that the discouragement seems so LOUD?
Recently, this past week in fact I experienced something. I get a lot of complements on the things I make, but it would seem I still lack confidence at times.
One person questioned my lack of religious knowledge based on a rosary I made for someone. I don't know if the rosary is even used, but it was made with a lot of thought and love.
But last week someone new saw it and exclaimed that I had done something wrong, that you should not personalize a rosary like this. She insisted that this rosary that I put my heart into - like all my rosaries - was not a true rosary. Despite the fact that I had asked a priest, and despite the fact that a priest actually blessed this rosary, those words rang in my ear. So I went to a large group of Catholic women and asked their thoughts.
WOW! ENCOURAGEMENT followed.
The encouragement that rang out was awesome, so much so I almost felt silly for having had to ask. Of course you can personalize a rosary. If a person connects with the rosary and is ENCOURAGED to PRAY it then it is a good thing.
Not one single woman on that list with 108 comments (a few of them mine answering specific questions) mentioned that this was asked on a homeschooling page, was off topic, and probably should have at least stated it was OT. They were simply ENCOURAGING!
So, here is my thanks to all the ladies on the page! Thanks for the encouragement, and for the kind words.
You ladies ROCK!
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