Morning Discipline – Be An Encouragement to Others

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Good morning!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are focusing each day on building healthy relationships. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For Someone You Know

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. This time, we’re going to pray for someone else. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:

Dear God,

I lift up my friend to you today, asking for your love and care to surround them. Please give them the strength and courage they need to face whatever challenges they may be facing, and help them to find hope and joy in the midst of their struggles.

Please be with them every step of the way, and give them the wisdom and guidance they need to navigate through this difficult season. Above all, please remind them that they are never alone, and that you are always with them, holding them in the palm of your hand.


Encouragement Prayers for Friends | Powerful Prayers of Encouragement

AFFIRMATIONS for Healthy Relationships

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. I will walk with my friend who is carrying a heavy burden.
  2. I will encourage others and build them up with my words and actions today.
  3. I will motivate others to love others and do good.
  4. My home is open to those who are in need and I will gladly receive them.

SCRIPTURES For Healthy Relationships

As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Galatians 6:2, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
  3. Hebrews 10:24, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
  4. 1 Peter 4:9, “Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.”


Our challenge today is this: find ways to encourage those around you.

As believers, we are actually commanded to do this, so it really should be part of our DNA to want to encourage others.

But how? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Be quiet and listen – we talked about this yesterday, but our silence and our active listening can be a great encouragement to people who are just needing someone to listen.
  2. Praise others often – take some time to recognize the good that someone else has done in their day (whether it was for you or someone else).
  3. Learn someones love language, and then speak it – Pick up the book “The 5 Love Languages” and learn what the language is for someone close to you, and then use that language to communicate love back to them. HINT: The 5 languages are – words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch.
  4. Don’t just offer to pray, pray for them on the spot – Often times we will say to someone hurting, “I’ll pray for you” and then more times than not we forget. So instead, offer to pray for them right then and there, and if they are open to it…pray.
  5. Just be there for someone – Maybe all the person needs is your presence helping them with something, or just simply being there. Either way, be present for someone.

Quote of the Day

I also wanted to include a little quote of the day that maybe you’ll find some inspiration in as well.

Today’s quote comes from the late tennis player, Arthur Ashe:

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those would be our enemy.

Arthur Ashe

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