Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Ever since Vyckie offered me the opportunity to take over the Nebraska Family Times (NFT) newspaper, I've shared my thoughts, concerns, ideas, and excitement with friends and family, by talking to them and through e-mail. Almost without exception I've received encouragement--"What an opportunity!" "You can do it!"

Both Vyckie and I wrote an "Editor's Letter" in the Sept. issue of the paper, which just came out this week. Vyckie wrote about turning the paper over to me, and I wrote about my excitement (and a little anxiety) over this new opportunity. Over the last few days I've talked to several people connected with the NFT. Without exception they have been polite and friendly, and encouraging. I really appreciate those words of encouragement and support!

Encouraging others is something we can do so easily . . . yet don't do as often as we could. Think about it--you can encourage your child before he or she goes to school in the morning. Encourage your husband before he goes to work. Offer a "thank you for your hard work" to the check-out clerk in the store, or the person who delivers your mail, or your child's teacher. When you see a mom trying frantically to finish her grocery shopping while her kids are crying and begging for candy, give her a smile that says, "My kids acted that way, too . . . I know how you feel, and it's OK! I know you're a good mom. Kids can just be that way."

I suppose someday I'll get calls about the paper that will not be encouraging. But hopefully I will remember the kind and encouraging words I have heard, and use the critical words to improve the paper. THANKS to everyone who has given me encouragement. It means more than I can say.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . . " 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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