Listen to today’s devo!

Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master. (Prov. 25:13)

It was a difficult season for me. Nothing catastrophic—I was just weary and exhausted. Out of the blue, I received a text from a number I didn’t recognize: “Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all you do at church…the way you so lovingly and humbly serve the Lord really inspires me…I’m praying for you.”

I had no idea who sent the text to me. I sent a text back, thanking them for the words of encouragement and for praying for me. Then, I inquired who sent the text. The second wave of encouragement washed over me as I learned it was from a dear saint of a woman who served on my ministry team.

Because this text message was personal, I hesitated to share it even with you. But it beautifully illustrates this verse from Proverbs 25:13. You see, the Holy Spirit prompted this trustworthy messenger to send me specific words of encouragement at just the right time to refresh my spirit. I can point to several other instances where I received a card, a message written on the whiteboard in my office, a phone call, an email, or a message on Facebook—all words given to me at just the right times to bring encouragement to my soul.

Holy Spirit, help us to be trustworthy messengers who bring words of life to others.

Send a note of encouragement to two people.

Belinda Selfridge is a Wesleyan pastor, Tri-State district administrator, OKWU adjunct professor, motorcyclist, creative frugalist, singer, and bass player.

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