Let’s be honest, being a woman can be exhausting. I don’t know how you Mommas do it! I don’t even have kiddos yet and often times feel like I’m up to my ears in to dos. One thing I absolutely love is finding new ways to encourage the women who surround me.
As Christians, we are called to encourage and build up other women.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thesslonians 5:11 ESV)
So, here are some practical ways to do just that.
1. Send Them Scripture
God’s Word is no doubt the most encouraging tool at your fingertips. It takes barely any time at all to copy and paste a passage into a text to a few of your girlfriends.
You never know what circumstance they may be facing that day (Can you say, screaming toddlers?). God could use the scripture you send to spur your friend on to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24) or to remind her of his presence.
2. Have a Woman of Focus
About 2 years ago, I came up with the idea to have a “Woman of Focus” for each month. I would write a note of encouragement to a specific lady in my church and commit to pray for her daily.
I would pray about any known prayer requests, her family, her walk with the Lord etc.
Grab yourself a stack of adorable note cards and your address book and get to work! You can even do it anonymously. (If they don’t know your address, of course.)
This is so helpful for your prayer life as well.
3. Sunshine Box
You’ve probably seen this while scrolling through the beautiful world that is Pinterest. It’s so fun! It’s like a scavenger hunt for yellow goodies. Who doesn’t love walking through Target in search of gifts for friends? (My Husband.)
Anyways, you find yourself a box and some little yellow gifts and send it to a friend or acquaintance. You can find more examples on Pinterest.
4. Make It Personal
Chances are, you can think of a few things your friends love off the top of your head.
Visiting a friend who loves coffee? Grab her favorite drink on the way to her house. Maybe your friend loves a certain author who just came out with a new book. Buy it for her if you can.
When you really seek out and listen to your friends, it’s easy to find little ways to make their hearts happy.
5. Be Mindful of Their Circumstances
We all have known a woman who is in the midst of great suffering or even just a small trial. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find practical ways to help them. Any of the ideas listed above could most definitely encourage them, but there are other ways to consider.
My Husband used to work the evening shift. That meant most nights were spent with my good ol’ friend loneliness. Because of this, I can empathize with women who may be experiencing similar circumstances. I have a friend whose Husband traveled for work for nearly half the summer. I scheduled evenings with her so she didn’t have to be alone.
Another friend of mine recently had her fourth child. It was hard for her to keep up with her typical cleaning tasks at first. A mutual friend of ours saw that she needed help and took action. She gathered a few of us and we took turns helping that sweet Momma of four out.
There are so many ways to love and build up the women around us. Let’s take our eyes off of ourselves and reach out in love to the ladies God has placed in our lives.