Encouragement Can Be… Encouraging
Now I must say: people say lovely things to me all the time. I am very blessed to be surrounded with great friends and family. So this couple took me by surprise because, for some reason, their comments seemed to really mean a lot.
“I’ll bet your ears tingle,” she started. “We talk about you guys all the time.”
“Pardon me?” was my off-guard response.
Apparently, my startle button had not yet disengaged.
“Just look at the kids,” she said, “they’re happy, and well-adjusted, and… delightful-!”
“Well, thank- thank you,” I stammer. “We’re very thankful for the Lord’s help.”
I bring God on the scene because I am totally unsure of how much impact the two of us as adoptive parents have had on our kids. No matter how much I hash and rehash, coach and coax, I get the distinct impression that some of our children are hardwired not to listen unless I’m constantly breathing down their necks.
So maybe all of the aerobic activity directed in their direction is paying off?
Maybe. Hopefully. Could quite be.
And having someone acknowlege that, and encourage us, felt good. May it happen to you today!
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