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When it’s Difficult to be an Encourager

Some days are easier than others to be an encourager. There are days when you need someone to encourage you. Why does it seem that as Christians, we find ourselves surrounded by others’ troubles when we are barely keeping our heads above water? Maybe, Paul felt that way too when he was trying to encourage young Timothy. Here Paul was, just getting out of a Roman prison and now in Ephesus preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus when he hears about the constant struggles his young friend endured at his church.

Paul could have said to himself, “I don’t have time to fool with this young kid, my time is almost up here, I’ve got work to do!”. Instead, Paul saw Timothy through the eyes of love and took on the role of mentor to the young pastor.

There have been many times in my life when my plate was just too full to add anything else to it. Yet, there was always someone who seemed to be struggling with one thing or another, and I  usually ‘had been there or done that’ somewhere in my life, which made lending an ear or a helping hand not a burden. I think times like these are divinely appointed. I have learned to be thankful for these small interruptions. I now see them as a way to stay productive but to be at rest at the same time. I think these opportunities to help others during our trials are sent to us by God to help us take a break from our problems and focus, even for a small amount of time, on the trouble‚Äôs others are experiencing. Times such as these can be used to energize us and spark our creativity once again. It reminds me of what happens when you have been studying for a test for an extended time, and you take a break, think about something else and then return to your studying. When you come back, your mind is fresh, and you may see things you did not see before.

I want to encourage you during these times of stress, and when your plate is full, be on the lookout for someone you can help. Take a break from your struggles for a moment and support someone through theirs. When you return to your burden, you may find it a bit lighter than you had remembered it to be.

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Pamela Fair
Pamela Fair
Maya Angelou once said, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." This statement resonates with me. My past experiences have made me a stronger person eager to use my story to inspire and help others see that regardless of who they are or where they have been, there is always hope and to know the ability to rise above circumstances lies within. Each day, I strive to walk in faith and hope surrounded by my family and friends' love and encouragement. I am blessed to have a life full of experiences, some good, some bad, and my ambition is to use those experiences to enrich those around me. I am a local business owner and church Executive Assistant in Highland, Arkansas. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and student. My passion is to help those in need who are ready and willing to do the necessary work it takes to help themselves. Assisting individuals who have experienced trauma, loss, stress, grief, and various life changes are the drive behind attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University to obtain my associate degree in Human Services. I plan to further my education in this field by getting my bachelor's degree in behavioral health. I hope to use my experiences and knowledge to encourage, strengthen, and facilitate assistance to those who are in need. I am also working alongside my husband in the community as an Automotive Collision Repair Facility owner. It has been a great privilege to assist my husband in pursuing his lifelong dream. We enjoy our work together, and it is an exciting experience for me to learn his field of expertise and engage with so many phenomenal people in our area. I am a fun-loving individual who thrives on living life and pursuing dreams! I am an avid chess player, a lover of all things feline, and a big fan of essential oils! At the age of 50, I decided to return to school to earn my GED. Since then, I have become a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Notary Public. I have completed credentials for ministry, became a certified grant writer, trained in hospital chaplaincy, and certified in Christ-Centered leadership. Additionally, I am a member of the North American Christian Social Workers Association (NACSW), where I have been trained in "The Role of Christian Faith and Spirituality in the Grieving Process" and "Suicide Prevention for Christians in Social Work." I am an active member of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce and the Spring River Car Club. My faith is a huge part of my desire and passion for helping others. I strive to always be, as Christ, a light in this world and in the lives of others. In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." I endeavor to help others see the light in the darkness.About Beautiful Feet:Romans 10:15 (NIV) And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" "For every circumstance and season of life, God has promises that offer direction, peace, perspective and wisdom. "Bible Promises for You" is a collection of promises taken from the New International Version of the Bible and is categorized by topic for easy reference." God led Jimmy and Pam Fair, in 2015, to partner with Highland Assembly of God, to GIVE Bible Promise Books, Devotionals, and Bibles to anyone who needs direction, peace, perspective, and wisdom. Contact Highland Assembly or Pam Fair for more information. 870-856-3886
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