Encouraging Words Blog
Not one of all the Lord's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21:45
I need to know this today.
Not one good promise failed.
Yet, it took time. I'm not sure the number of years that had passed from the time the promises were made to Abraham and to his grandson, Jacob (Israel). I know many generations had passed. There were a lot of intervening events. But God kept His promises. They Israelites were settled restfully in their new home.
Some days, I know that the words of another can say what is in my heart better than any words I could ever find and place together.
This is one of those days.
As my hopes for a "quick and easy" fix for my current medical issues are starting to fade, I find myself wondering what will happen next.
This blog post by Ann Voscamp came to mind. I bookmarked it after I first read it and have gone to it time and again.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
What an inspiration these words are for me! I am sure it is no coincidence that these verses found their way to me today.
As I face the uncertainty that is today, I look at these promises with so much hope. …
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
One thing I truly believe is that the way we think – what we think – profoundly affects how we feel and our outlook on life. Sometimes this gets reinforced in the strangest ways.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, (Mark 6:51, NIV)
One of the more difficult aspects of having atypical health challenges is that doctors don’t always know how to help. After yet another difficult medical trip that ended up with the doctor saying, “I don’t know what’s wrong. …
" ... only be strong and courageous." Joshua 1:18b
I'm noticing a common thread running through my life lately. I have this saying (which I know I've written about before), that if I see something once that gets my attention - I kind of make a tiny mental note about it. If I hear it twice, my eyebrows might raise a bit. If I hear it three times ... well, I know that God is letting deni know that she darn well better pay attention.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. (Ephesians 6:10, NIV)
I find myself wide awake in the middle of the night. This sleeping in a recliner business is interesting. It seems to be helping – but not with sleep. My mind tends to wander off in strange directions when the house is steeped in the silence of nighttime. I wonder about the things that are happening to me, to us as a family.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:7-9 (NIV)
For those who have read Alice In Wonderland, you may remember that the Mad Hatter had an unusual watch. In an interesting interchange, Alice is looking curiously at the watch when she says:
'What a funny watch!' she remarked. 'It tells the day of the month, and doesn't tell what o'clock it is!'
He shall say: "Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:3-4
I guess I started viewing some of my emotions as "enemies" when I first read Hind's Feet on High Places. Craven Fear, Envy, Resentment, Bitterness, Self-Pity are truly the enemies we face personified.
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain ..." Deuteronomy 1:6
This verse jumped out at me during my Scripture time. I knew I was being prompted to write about it. For several days, I haven't known just what to write. Today it feels I do.
God gave such precise directions to the Israelites. They knew exactly when to break camp and follow the Lord's leading - and exactly when and where to stop and make a new camp.
When I am not up to writing - when the words don't flow - I search through my three years worth of posts to see if something calls out to me. This would have best been posted on Father's Day, but today is the day it "picked me." I pray it blesses you.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms . . . Deuteronomy 33:27
Three years ago, at the age of 92, my dad died. Today would have been his 95…
The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NIV)
I made a comment to someone that I needed to get a devotional written for today.
Their comment . . . ?
“Why? Why do you have to write?”
That’s a good question.
I hope you will humor me as I take a brief detour here.
Have you ever really focused on your own breathing? …
The words of Jesus say it better than I ever could. Read them. Ponder on them. Imagine He is saying this specifically to you. See His face - the love in His eyes as He speaks. Rest in them and Be blessed.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. …
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead ... (Philippians 3:13, New American Standard Bible)
I never used to watch much television. Now, I find it keeps me company, even when I am doing other things. Just now, I was watching a movie and doing my home bed exercises. My attention was suddenly diverted from the task at hand as I heard a mother who was talking to her daughter - who must have an illness or an accident.
As I struggle with a new med and am wondering if it is the reason today is such a bad day - I realize this "rerun" fits quite well. Hope it speaks to you as much as it does to me.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6
I am learning I have a problem with obedience. My eye surgery has required me to use drops in my eyes that are having some side effects I really don’t like. …
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I've mentioned before that I am "listening" my way through the Bible with a one-year reading/listening program. Yes, I've read through Scripture before - but I felt it was time to do it again.
To be perfectly honest, I have a difficult time with some of the first few books of the Bible. …
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14
Many see God as a vengeful, punitive God. I have to admit that at one point, I did too. But as I grow and change – so does my view of God.
What I find happening lately is that many “secular” songs, seem to be ones that God uses to speak to me.
This YouTube video is one of them. (If you wish to easily watch the video, go to the Encouraging Words site. …
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 KJV
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7
I learned three things when my daughter was brutally murdered in 2005.
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30 (NIV)
I have a three-fold reason for sending you to this blog link today.
#1 I've been ill and don't have the wherewithal to write my own posts. (I apologize for missing yesterday's posting.)
#2 This is the best post I've read in a long, long time and it is so applicable for those of us with chronic illness.
#3 God provided it.
Please, please, PLEASE, take the time and read Michael Hyatt's words.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
When I am having what I call "heart issues," it is prudent for me to take it easy and not get over stressed either emotionally or physically. (Far easier said than done!)
I find, on days like this, that I spend a lot of time thinking - a lot of time in self-examination. …
It is so easy for me to get discouraged when things aren't going well. Sometimes I begin to wonder if anything will ever be ok again. The past few weeks have been a pile of setbacks and problems. I realize I am slipping into complaining ... and arguing with God about the things He is allowing in our lives right now. Every day one of my prayers is that the day's events draw me closer to God. I'm seeing that happen. …
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, NIV
I seem to be living in the book of Isaiah lately. I search for encouragement. I find myself thinking back to my childhood and the times I was “ascared.” I was a mama’s girl. If I was near my mom, I knew I’d be ok. I remember taking her hand to help me feel safe when I was really frightened
This is a repost of a devotional run earlier on this site. I am having medication-related heart problems and am simply not up to writing a new post today. I pray you are blessed by it.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
I startle as I feel my heart pound. It skips a beat, then beats wildly against my chest wall. …
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Can you even imagine it? Perfect peace? I know I can’t. Not really. I know I get knocked from side to side so easily when problems arise. I also know I do not have that “steadfast mind.’ Yet, the requirement seems pretty simple.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (New International Version)
Today, I felt useless. Completely and utterly useless. I had phone calls to make, problems to try to solve, and I was so wrapped up in emotion I felt frozen. …
This then is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debits as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Matthew 6:9-13
For me, the four most difficult words in all of Scripture are contained in this prayer. …
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15 ,NIV)
I recently heard a saying that I found interesting. It was explaining that friends can be divided into three categories: Friends for a reason, friends for a season, and forever friends.
I started looking at the friends who have been in my life and realized that for me, they do indeed fall into one of those three categories. …
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Psalm 25:7
Sometimes, when I read verses from the Old Testament such as this one, I tend to read over it quickly and not give it much thought. After all, we have Christ who died for our sins ... we don't need to plead with God not to remember our sins.
When reading this today, I realized just how much this says about God. …