A little boy begged his dad to come outside and play catch with him.

He said to his father: “I’ll throw the ball, and you say, 'Wonderful!””

Are you smiling at the scene? I was when I read that story. My own children have said similar things to me before. To be absolutely honest with you, I’ve said similar things. It’s not just children that need encouragement. We all need affirmation and approval. We all need someone who will stand beside us and tell us that we are doing OK. Someone who believes in us. Someone who will encourage us.

As parents, we have so many opportunities each day to say, “wonderful!” to our children. We need to be lavish with our encouragement. We should always be on the lookout for times to say, “well done!” If your child has completed a task to the best of their ability, encourage them with what they have achieved - even if it is not necessarily the outcome you had in mind. Next time they will try harder, knowing how pleased you are at their attempt.

The word ‘encouragement’ means ‘to fill with courage’. In the book of Job it says “Your words have supported those who stumbles; you have strengthened faltering knees.” (Job 4:3, 4 NIV)

A few simple words can inject courage and strength into a broken heart. We pray you will be filled with words of encouragement this week.

Blessings to you all.

Naomi and Chappy


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