1. Out of the blue, I received a phone call from the mom of a former student. For the last eight years of my teaching career, I taught homeschool students how to write--stories, essays, compositions. Anyway, the mom called me and had her son tell me how as a jr high student now, he had been earning the highest marks in his class. As he said, "I did what Mrs. Willow taught me and got extra credit." Isn't that the most encouraging thing a kid could say to a former teacher?
2. We have had a crazy week...just lots of 'little things'. A younger mom from church assured me she was praying for me. That's encouraging! (and I'm supposed to be her encourager!)
3. How can a memorial service be an encouragement? Well, it was. Yes, another funeral. This week we celebrated the life of a younger man from our church congregation who was a great encourager. Born with disabilities, he embraced life with the happiest and brightest smile. He was a greeter at church and hugged everyone. Bill's life was an example of how to be an encourager. And that encouraged me to 'be more like Bill'.
4. On Sunday evening, I had a meeting and so did The Professor. But they were at two different times in two different places. Since we have only one car, I was blessed and encouraged when a friend who was going to be at the meeting with me, offered me a ride home. Then we sat and chatted in her car for awhile--just because we could. She encouraged me, and I hope I encouraged her.
5. An hour or two later, the same friend texted me, "Look outside!" It was the lunar eclipse which we didn't expect to see because our sky was clouded over. But the clouds parted just enough. I snapped this picture at about 3 minutes past totality. I'm glad she encouraged me to go look!
How have you been ENCOURAGED this week?
And here are a couple of photos from our very very green wild landscapes as a bonus. Where I live in Southern California, we don't have green mountains very often, so we revel in it when we do have the green!
There's not much green here, but you can see some new life returning after the Hill Fire burned through here in November.
Yes, we really were that high above the entrance to Hill Canyon.