Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Winsome Wednesday - Reverse Encouragement!

We've all heard the saying "Reverse Psychology" right?  You know, doing something in an adverse sort of way to get the reaction you want?  Like ignoring someone because you want their attention?  Right?

What about practising "Reverse Encouragement"?  Dishing out encouragement has more than the desired affect of (hopefully) encouraging the one needing it.  It also encourages the "Encourager"!  It is my heart's desire to encourage other women!  And as I get older and experience more hills and valleys in life, that desire grows and I am convinced that it is of God.  He placed it there because it is not my natural bent to be an encourager.  My nature is to watch and observe!  But that is not who God is changing me to be.

What I am finding as I see a need for encouragement and boldly encourage, not caring if the person I am trying to encourage thinks I'm a nut or not, is that I AM THE ONE WALKING AWAY ENCOURAGED!  Did you hear that?  I am being encouraged!!!

In God's economy, in doing things His way, there is never one loser and one winner.  There are always TWO winners.  Love someone, LOVE comes back to you!  Accept someone, ACCEPTANCE comes back to you!  Encourage someone, ENCOURAGEMENT comes back to you.  God's way is AWESOME!

Matt 7 v 12:  So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets. 

So my encouragement to you is to go forth and encourage..... it comes back in heaps, I promise!

God bless


This is a space to come and be encouraged.  You can link as many posts as you want so long as they bring glory to the Lord.  If you have time, please visit the person ahead of you and I am sure you too will be encouraged.  I look forward to seeing you here.
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  1. Great post Tracy! You have encouraged me so many times! What would we do without the encouragers in our lives? Hearing/reading encouraging words can literally change a persons life. Keep up what you works!

    Blessings friend...Chelle

  2. Its so true. Its been a yuck-filled air lately, and it seems to fill with love and peace when you take the time to encourage someone else that mirrors your downcast. Thank you for this sweet reminder. I am glad He is growing you up out of the seedpod shell He planted you in.

    <3, Kendra

  3. You are glowing, too, in your encouragement - beautiful, colorful petals that brighten are your words:) Wishing you sweet blessing and much glowing this week!

  4. Dear Tracy
    And that is just wahr our Pappa does to us, He first loves, accepts us with his forgiveness, compassion and grace before we are able to give to others!
    Blessings XX

  5. As God’s people live out their faith in this world, they need advice, challenge, and encouragement to persevere. Sometimes we need a reminder that we can be “spiritual cheerleaders” for other believers. And being kind to others and keeping them encouraged can, in turn, keep us going. Selfless acts of kindness can go a long way and they can make us learn new things about ourselves too! :) Great post Tracy! I hope your week is filled with love and encouragement!


  6. Tracy those are awesome thoughts on encouragement. I like the whole idea that when you encourage others you are really encouraging yourself. I know what you mean when you say that sometimes you encourage someone but it isn't appreciated. It is important to do it anyway and especially if that person is one of your children!!

  7. "In God's economy...there are always two winners." Love this. It's wonderful that he allows us to receive what we need when we give it away. Only God!

  8. LOVE this! I have been encouraged so many times while trying to encourage someone else.

  9. Wise words! It is so easy to sit like a lump when we need encouragement, but when we get up and look to encouraging others we can shake the cloud over us! It is always encouraging when we follow God and seek to encourage others! Thanks for this, Tracy!

    Blessings, Joan

  10. Great word from such a awesome lady who encourages me daily!!! I love this post!!!! I find it is when I am struggling the hardest, He has me encourage another which in return encourages me!
    Blessings to you my sweet friend and thank you for the reminder :)


  11. So true, Tracy. Almost everything we do for others comes back to bless us in some way. : ) Thanks for encouraging me through your blog.

  12. Oh what a beautiful message! I'm so glad I stopped in today and sorry it's been a while but God seemed to know I needed to be here. Thank you for the encouragement! Blessings to you.

  13. Great point, Tracy -- it is more blessed to give than to receive, and blessing others blesses us even more! Thanks for the lovely post & for hosting, & God bless.

  14. Hi Tracy! I am so glad that you feel encouraged today, and hopefully everyday. You do so much for your fellow bloggers. What a blessing you are! It is so great that you are feeling blessed in return.

    Happy Wednesday!

  15. Great point, we too benefit from sowing encouragement

  16. I find that to be true most of the time, whether the one we are encouraging ends up encouraging me or someone else does. God works through different avenues and people in different ways. I hope that our main goal is not to encourage just to be encouraged, though. We should love and show kindness to others without expecting anything in return. That way, receiving encouragement is like the cherry on top! :)
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

  17. Tracy, Thank you so much for inviting me to this wonderful hop!!!!! Look forward to following you and visiting all these wonderful writers. May we all agree to bring glory to God and spread his love!!!!



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