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Mary is a writer and speaker who lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons – but lives because of God’s grace. She writes about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places at MaryCarver.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

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  1. So often the best encouragement is to just listen, hug and care. We are all so busy these days and a little time is all it takes. We have to make time to encourage others. A friend of mine said she did not like to talk to people and would rush into a store and rush out so she could avoid people. I told her just a smile, meeting the eyes of others with a smile is encouragement. If you see a dress some one is wearing that you like, tell the person. If you see anything you like about another person tell them. In the 30 years sense someone told me to do this, only once did an angry person say, “as if I care”. It was their hurt speaking, so they shared it. I did not take offense but smiled back at her and continued to every time I saw her in the store. By the time I was at the cashier, she was crying and spilled her story to a stranger, we hugged, I never saw her again. But she was smiling when we parted.

  2. Oh wow. I have been there, the one needing encouragement in a parking lot, crying and such. I love how God sends us just what we need and who we need right when we need it. Thank you Jesus!

  3. Encouragement is really a powerful thing indeed. There are many times I have been down in the dumps and someone just emerged to encourage me that things were not as bad as I was thinking and thateverything would eventyally be alright and I have the courage to continuethe journey of life. I have also been thee when friends felt it was all over for thembut I used my personal testimony to lift up theirspirits and let them know that everything can and will be alright and they are also strenthened.

  4. I encourage people by sending cards–via snail mail, cooking meals, or just listening to them talk about a situation. Sometimes, I try to give a nice compliment or just give them a smile.

    People encourage me the same way. It could be a phone call, e-mail saying sorry about loss, whatever.

    So glad that your friend took the time to stop–even in the parking lot.