The Winding Trail
A few days ago, Molly and I were walking on our Easter Lake Trail when we met a dad and his young daughter.
He was walking, but she was pedaling a miniature pink and white bike with training wheels still attached. She worked hard to keep the bike moving and to steer it along the trail.
As she passed us, I said, "You're doing a great job!"
She didn't respond to me, but pedaled harder to catch up to her dad. Then breathlessly, she exclaimed, "Daddy, I'm doing great!"
How often we ignore those Holy Spirit prompts to speak to, call, or make a visit to someone. A few moments of our time, and it can mean the world to another person.
There's someone you know today who needs a word of encouragement. They're pedaling hard and the trail is winding. Take time and be an encourager.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
8/6/2019 11:13:24 pm
I befriended a 7 yr old who was camped across Fr me and boosted her confidence when she was a littl afraid to ride behind her Dad on Shakoda. I encouraged her to go a little farther down the trail . Told her to Cowgirl Up which means be brave and strong! When we were back I told her I was proud of her and she was a real cowgirl now and she just beamed. Her Dad couldn’t believe she even rode at all!
8/7/2019 12:56:36 pm
I love your little stories, Susan. They warm my heart! I'm going to try to be more like you - kind and encourageingng to others!
8/8/2019 06:37:31 am
I thought you were going to say that encouragement from another believer can spur us on to stay closer to our Heavenly Father and exclaim to him, "Daddy, I'm doing great!"
8/8/2019 08:14:18 am
Oh, how I would like to be able to say to my Heavenly Father, "Daddy, I'm doing great!" Unfortunately it is usually, "Daddy, I messed up again."
8/18/2019 05:26:07 pm
A little encouragement goes a long way! Thanks for sharing!
8/19/2019 10:12:18 am
I love your sweet, short stories - this is fabulous! This story especially touched me as it is EXACTLY what we talked about in our Neighborhood Group (church small group) last night!
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Susan Lawrence taught elementary school for 33 years before hanging up her chalkboard to write and speak. She writes novels for both adults and middle grade children. Susan lives in Iowa with her husband and short-legged Lab, Molly. She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren who love to hear her stories.