Tracy Brown – 18th May 2014

Dear friends and especially all of the young people taking exams at the moment!

I hope and pray that they are going well so far and be encouraged that many of us are praying for you individually as you have signed up to let us know which subjects are on which days. For any of the congregation who would like to pray do take a look at the flip chart in The Junction. This time last year I was sitting exams and I remember very clearly what a stressful and anxious time it was. I am not an ‘exam’ person, I much prefer working on coursework and essays that can be prepared in advance! I do remember though how encouraged I was by people praying and thinking about me.

Encouragement is the subject of my letter this month. Hebrews 10 verse 24 tells us to ‘Consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another’. As a staff team we took some time out last week to encourage one another in different ways. I received a lovely card filled with encouraging words and some soap (my encourager had taken time to think about me and pray for me and buy me something personal that she knew I would appreciate.) This week I received a letter from someone following a visit to The Junction, he writes ‘We were welcomed by the lovely lady who served us coffee, and then you chatted and prayed with us. I just want to share how encouraged I was to receive such love from you all – we were desperate and you were there’.

Jesus himself was such an encourager and since we want to be like Jesus we should not be surprised that we go through some of the things he went through:

“Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.” ~ Rick Warren.

You may be feeling any or all of those things at the moment and I want to reassure you that you are not alone, Jesus is with you at all times and do speak to any of the staff who would love to talk or pray with you and help practically wherever possible. On the other hand you may know somebody who is struggling right now and really needs your support. Can I urge you to be their encourager this week. Perhaps give them a ring, send a card or drop round some flowers or a meal. Invite them out for coffee, sit with them if they are in hospital or even test them on some exam questions!
All the very best to those sitting exams this week.

With love,
Tracy