“The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers” (Acts 9:31, NLT).

When dealing with children, a little encouragement can go a long way. Adults need it too, though it’s hard to come by for most of us.

God is the great encourager, for us as individuals and for the church. In fact, the Holy Spirit is our biggest encourager because he wants us to be strong and confident in his strength and assured of his love. We can count on his encouragement because it comes out of who he is.