I believe that one of my gifts is the gift of encouragement, as evidenced by some things that have happened in my life and how I was able to encourage people. Well, I was able to do it again this morning, right before seeing the doctor, too!

I had an emotional but good time with the Lord this morning, where I cried out to Him. I was searching for a verse to meditate on and this one came to mind – Psalm 62:11-12: ” One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.”

What a great scripture of encouragement! To know that God is not only strong, but yet also loving. Another scripture that goes with this one is in Psalm 103:8-10: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”

So armed with such encouragement, I was determined to praise God no matter how my doctor’s visit turned out; no matter what the doctor said. Since yesterday I have observed that my desire to “hide away” in my imagination and my stories has decreased, and my focus on the Lord and on the Word have increased. The weather this morning was chilly and damp; I was glad I wore my cape, which kept me warm, but I felt a quiet, positive mood on the inside.

When I got to the doctor’s office, I signed in, then I felt my bladder and went to the ladies’ room. An elderly lady followed me into the room, and to my surprise, there was only one stall. Without thinking I offered for her to go first, which she greatly appreciated. She had a cute, wonderful British accent and I was very tempted to ask her which part of England she came from. But it turns out that she had just lost her husband last month, and he had been the hospital engineer for over 30 years.