“Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn.” (Hebrews 3:13).
I love when expectations are blown completely out of the water. I love when I am expecting a dinner to be enjoyable, include some good food, some good conversation but then BAM! it becomes so much more.
I had the opportunity to have dinner with my friend Liz recently and I have not left a dinner that full, refreshed and reenergized in a long time. I knew it would be fun – Liz is one of the funniest women I know, but what I didn’t know was all that God had been teaching her in the past few months.
Conversation about what is going on in life and what God is doing is incredibly encouraging and important. But a truly satisfying conversation also includes the nitty, gritty stuff. The things that you are working through, the things you are asking God about, the things that are hard. A truly satisfying dinner conversation also includes prayer, and not just at the moment before you dig in. A prayer where you pray for one another, thanking God for His goodness and grace but also a prayer that lifts one another up. A truly satisfying dinner conversation includes a conversation with God.
What did God teach me today about encouragement? Sam, don’t shy away from the tough conversations. Don’t shy away from prayer. Don’t shy away from sharing Me with those who know Me and those who don’t.
“So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective.” (James 5:16).
I am so thankful for friends with whom I can have these kinds of dinner conversations.