But today in moving things from place to place, I discovered an e-mail I'd printed out two years ago—one of validation and encouragement. With new eyes I began looking around, and I also found on my desk a handmade card about friendship and a wooden sign a girlfriend allowed me to "steal" from her house while I was deep into studying (it says "Be Nice or Go Away").
My life is filled with small gifts of encouragement—from e-mails, to e-mailed blogs sent to lift my spirits, to comments on my blogs that do the same. I've been encouraged just this morning through a phone call, by an upcoming planned date, and by a personally recorded CD of unbelievably beautiful piano music I've been listening to. I found encouragement in Scripture today from Psalms 73:22-23, which says "I was so foolish and ignorant . . . Nevertheless I still belong to you and you are still holding me by my right hand . . ."