Encouraging Words Blog
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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 43:18-19 (NIV)
God is teaching me just how hard it is to let go. I hold on to material things. I hold on to hurts. I hold on to losses. I hold on to the past.
This has not been an easy realization. It took some heavy-duty hurts for me to see this character trait. …
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Isaiah 55:10-12 (New International Version)
My first response to this verse?
“Yeah. Right. Well maybe before – but not with the way I am now.”
My reason for that response? Focusing on myself.
Sometimes I wonder how many times I need to walk down this path before I learn. …
I remember hearing that embedded in the word ‘encouragement’ is the word ‘courage.’ I often stop to think how much courage it takes to face the day-to-dayness of chronic challenges.
I find encouragement where I least expect it sometimes - and sometimes when I most need it. Some people are “born encouragers.” They are like cheerleaders at your side saying “Don’t give up.” “Keep going,” and “I care. I may not be able to do anything, but I care.”
“Good Morning, Lord.”
I lie in my bed looking out the window. I see the cloudy sky and the leaves in the trees a lush green.
“It’s another one of those days, Lord. You know, the kind where I wake up in pain and know – just know that nothing much will be done. It’s a “bed” day. I don’t like them, Lord.”
“I know, child. I know. But there is a gift in today for you, if you will only look hard enough.”
“But there is so much I need to do! …
I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4, NIV)
Once again my husband’s health issues come to the forefront. This time, it seems the medications that he is taking to stay alive and stay clear from cancer are causing neurological damage.
I can barely bring myself to admit this - but, once again, my first response? Fear. I thought I had fought that battle and won.
"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"John 11:34-36 (New International Version)
My son’s 10-year-old cat died today. Quite unexpectedly and quite suddenly. One moment she was following after him as she was wont to do – and the next – she laid down on the carpet - gasped for breath - and was gone.
I know to most of you this will seem trivial to the things you are experiencing. …
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Sometimes, night time is difficult for me. As the sun goes down and the world goes from colorful to dim hues to greying shadows and finally to darkness, I often think of how much more I enjoy the sunlight.
Things seem “different” in the darkness. Shadows take on odd and sometimes unsettling shapes. I recently saw a children’s book that dealt with helping a child to understand that the sometimes scary shadows are the same things we see in daylight, but our eyes “play tricks” on us and we perceive them as something completely different.
Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11, NIV)
Did you know that the word “today” appears over 200 times in the Bible. While we must take our past and our future into account, “today” is where we live.
It can be hard to live in the moment.
If it is a painful moment, we want it to pass quickly. If it is a good moment, we want to hold on to it, yet that moment soon belongs to the past.
For those of us with chronic conditions, it can be hard to stay in today. …
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
Patience. Waiting. I'm beginning to see that this is my current "curriculum" in my "Lessons from God." I've never been a patient person and I have a difficult time waiting. Having ADD doesn't help, but I know a lot of it is self-discipline or simply my "I want what I want when I want it” attitude.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, NIV)
Do you ever have those “down” days that just sneak up on you and catch you by surprise? I know I do. While I try to stay positive about things, every so often I find myself feeling kinda blue and I’m not even sure why. Sure, I have my regular challenges to face, but I usually recognize the “downs” they bring.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21
I’m miss being able to attend church. I do, however, get an email sermon by Bruce Goettsche. I started reading his sermon for this week and more than once, sentences jumped out at me. Yes, they are out of context - but so applicable to those of us with chronic illness and pain.
Somehow, suddenly I know it’s time. It’s past time really. It has been a long time in coming, but I’ve been <thumped> long enough. (Thank you, Lynne for the link.) I recognize it for what it is. I bow my head.
Lord – Prayerfully, what would you have me do? My chronic illness blog. The chronic illness site. Homeschooling. Think feel do. The kids. The house. Exercise. So many things.
I guess I’ve not truly given it all over to you. …
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For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
I sit alone in the darkened kitchen. We are celebrating the Fourth of July. …