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Refresh Others & You Will Be Refreshed
Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 31, 2011 @ 8:18 am In Joyful Womanhood | 12 Comments
Life is full of hard times and disappointments. There are little things that drag us down. And big things that can devastate us. And there are lots of things that fall somewhere in the middle.
And it’s a complex life. Sometimes the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities can be harder to push through than the monumental ones. I remember years ago when I was in the thick of it. With caring for four boys under seven years and hosting many events in my home, I felt like a regular give-athon.
A friend pointed out a scripture that I have held on to this day:
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 
I hold onto this promise that God is watching over us. That we are free to be generous , to refresh others, to encourage. And that God will see it.
Now, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a lot on my plate and maybe should have reevaluated things. And it isn’t saying that we should be doormats and give, give, give, without making sure that we’re not overdoing.
But, I do think it’s a promise. God loves generosity. He is generosity Himself. And we do well when we mimic him.
In the “life as MOM,” we know that our children are not always going to reciprocate the love and care we give them. That comes after they’ve grown up. We hope. Motherhood is, in a sense, a give-athon. But, it is a beautiful one. And one in which encouragement is so important. 
And in our other relationships, the adults may not be savvy to mutual encouragement, either. People are strange. They might not realize you’ve just gone out of your way to do something nice for them. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reach out in love and care for others.
If they don’t return the gesture, that can be a bummer, but God sees. And we can rest in that.
There are so many big and small ways that we can encourage others. And it feels good to do it! (Even if you don’t get the praise of men.)
You may not get the glowing response you hope for — every time, but you’re planting seeds that will grow. Your kids will see your efforts and they will remember later. Your friends will remember, even if they don’t say so at the time. That cashier or waitress will remember — someday.
But, even if they don’t. God will. So be encouraged and trust that He will refresh YOU when you most need it.
For further reading: To Be More Joyful – Encourage Others 
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