When I think about what encourages me, I immediately change the ‘what’ to ‘who’. I think about the people whom God lovingly places in my path to give me courage, to love me, and to live in relationship with me. I think about my girlfriends.
So, in order to explain what encourages me, I must introduce you to those who encourage me:
Ally challenges me, inspires me, and makes me want to be a better person—and a better servant of my Jesus.
Chasie loves me for exactly who I am, not who I am going to be someday. She pursues my friendship and shares in my daily joys and heartaches.
Dee Dee brings light and laughter into my life. She truly listens to me and seeks to understand me better.
Tanya gives me overwhelming support and love. She reminds me of my strengths and helps me overcome my weaknesses.
Hilary helps me dream the biggest dreams for my life and convinces me that I cannot settle for less than God’s best for me.
Zana is someone who God recently dropped into my life. Her passionate pursuit of God’s will for her life is contagious; she points me to Jesus again and again.
God brought these six women into my life—most of them just within the last year—to encourage me and surround me with love and laughter and grace. When I look up friend in the thesaurus, I find synonyms such as supporter, ally, comrade, and helper. These women are all of those things to me, plus more.
In addition to these women, I have many other amazing friends, family members and encouragers in my life. To all of you . . .
I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3
What encourages me? The beautiful gift of friendship.