Do You Need Encouragement Today?

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Sometimes I feel so alone.

I know that I’m not, but the times (like now) where my chef/husband has been working long hours for many days in a row are so hard for me.  I miss him, I’m emotionally drained from taking care of the girls all day long, and I know I’ll wake up tomorrow and it will be the same.

I’m grateful to have this blog as out outlet to share what I’m going through.  But sometimes it feels like I’m typing to the air.  🙂  No matter how great technology is, it just can’t replace a real live person.

A few weeks ago, I was leaving church and was stopped by a friend.  We talked about the girls for a bit and then she placed her hand on my arm and said, “Jennifer, I want you to know I’ve been praying for you.”  She then went on to tell me specifically what she’d been praying for.

She didn’t know what had been going on in our home as a couple, with our children or with my husband’s job.  However, the things she had been praying specifically for our family were exactly what we (and I) have been struggling with.

encouragementAs I start to get frustrated and discouraged, knowing she’s praying for me is such an blessing and encouragement to me.  Seeing her smile at me and ask how I was doing this morning brought a smile to my face and made me feel not so alone.

Life’s not always easy, but it’s always easier with people around you who support and encourage you (whether online or in person).

Do you have people in your life like this?  People who pray for you and encourage you?

What about encouraging others?  (I’m talking to myself here.  Feel free to listen in.)  When was the last time you told someone specifically how you were praying for them or sent someone an encouraging note or email?  (1 Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another . . .”)

From one chef wife to another,




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  1. Alisa

    I have lonely days too. Sometimes I can handle them ok, sometimes not so good. I have some friends, but as I mentioned to one of them recently it’s hard to go out with some friends. Going out with my married friends as a “restaurant widow” is hard as I feel like a third wheel. Going out with my single friends can often be hard, cause unlike them I am not scanning the crowd for guys/girls to possibly meet. Way back in the early 90’s I had another chef’s wife to hang out with and it was great. Now I couldn’t even tell you if my hubby’s executive chef is married, has a girlfriend or what. Just have to say Jennifer, wished you lived closer. LOL

    • Jennifer

      Want to move to Seattle? There’s a lot of great restaurants up here. 🙂

  2. Edith Rodriguez

    Before moving from Az to Ca, a couple of my friends and I had a Thursday Prayer nigh just for us. It was so helpful and we always were so happy when Thursday came around. It really helped us deal with every week’s problems and emotions we were going through. Your post reminded me of this time. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Jennifer

      I love that you did that. I hope you have found friends to do that with in your new home too. Relocating is never easy!


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