Only eight years old, his head was bent low over the paper as he struggled with the numbers. Some things came easy. Some things did not. This was one of those things. I worked quietly in the room, waiting, when with a soft voice and eyes blinking back tears he said, “I just need a little encouragement.”

Encouragement? Don’t we all need a little encouragement? How do you encourage someone?

With patience. With kind words. With an affirming presence. With a shift in expectations. With God’s help. Let’s let the scripture be our guide,

Encourage one another and build each other up.

-I Thessalonians 5:11

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