Being An Encourager

My 4th Featured Blog for this week is from the Everyday Encounters With The Creator. It is called, “Being an Encourager.” Let’s strive to encourage others today! Let’s make someone’s day better by complimenting him/her.

Everyday Encounters With the Creator

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I received a call recently from a lady who had looked my number up in the phone book. She told me she reads my articles in the Herald-Standard and she felt that the Lord wanted her to share her devotional reading with me because she thought it was for me. I was amazed both that she went out of her way to encourage a stranger and that people still use phone books. But this is not the first time someone has looked me up and called to encourage me.  People stop me in Walmart and tell me they recognize me from reading my articles.  I’ve received cards in the mail, too.  It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it is always so refreshing to see people going out of their way to be a blessing to someone they don’t even know.

It got me to thinking about how…

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Let Your Insides Out

My 3rd Featured Blog for this Week and the Last One I Will Post for Today is from the Fulfilled Christian Life blog. It is called, “Let The Insides Out.” It talks about our insecurities and how they make us who we are. I related to this post, and it encouraged me on who Christ is in me. Maybe it will encourage you in some way.

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Who are you behind the masks you wear? Do you wear your feelings on your shoulder for other people to see who you really are? Do you try to act one way when you really feel another?

Or have you learned that it does not matter what other people think about you? Are you free from the tyranny of their opinions? Do you let your insides out?

Our fears and insecurities define who we really are inside. Due to our spirit and soul, we may have a strong spirit, but a very wounded soul. We appear strong, yet most of us are really weak.

When people reject us for our weaknesses, we feel worthless and damaged, which increases our fears and insecurities. We feel too vulnerable and build walls around our heart.

My former husband disdained the inner me. My adult children tolerate the inner me. My current husband dwells…

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Saved From What?

My 2nd Featured Blog for this Week is from the Connecting Dots…to God blog. It is called, “Saved From What?” It talks about how Jesus saved us from our own sin. It talks about Palm Sunday and how the crowds loved Him. Then they turned on Him when Jesus did not do what the crowds expected. It is a great blog worth reading.

Connecting Dots...to God

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Jesus rode in to Jerusalem, 2000 or so years ago, to a “very large crowd” shouting:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

The crowd had thrown their coats and branches on the ground, and they welcomed Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna,” which means “save now” or “save, we pray.”  They made such a fuss that the Pharisees asked Jesus to shush up his disciples, and they were told by Jesus that if the crowd kept quiet then the rocks would have to cry out.

Matthew tells us that the “whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?‘”

The crowd likely saw Jesus as the long awaited Messiah, or at least they hoped that was the case.  They were correct, but what they expected the Messiah to do and what Jesus actually did…

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Is God Enough?

Have you ever said, “But, it isn’t enough.”  We demand more, and we want more.  We are never satisfied with what we already have.  We always see what we lack and demand to have it all, no matter the cost.

In the Bible, it says we are blessed.  We lack nothing as long as we put our trust in Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 states, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”  God provides for our day-to-day needs and through Jesus we lack nothing.  Psalm 23:1 says “the Lord is [our] Shepherd, [we] lack nothing.”

God blesses those who love Him.  He blesses “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6).  He blesses “those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).  God blesses those “who take refuge in Him” (Psalm 34:8).  He blesses “the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him”  (Jeremiah 17:7).

When we start doubting our purpose for our lives, it is satan trying to discourage us.  He tries his best to make us walk away from Christ.  Satan tells us lies about Jesus to make us doubt God.  We begin to feel dissatisfied with where we are in life, and we demand more.  We stop looking towards God for the answers.  We start comparing our lives with those around us, and want what they have.

If you do not get anything else out of this blog, please get this:  Our lives look different, because God made us to be different.  We all have a different purpose to fulfill on earth, and we are all special to God.  No one is better than you and no one is beneath you.  We lack nothing, because God provides for our needs every day.  God blesses us every day.

What are lacking in your life?  Maybe you are not married and feeling whole is difficult at times.  Maybe you want a new job because you feel like what you do does not matter.  Maybe you want better pay so you do not have to budget each month to pay the bills.  Maybe you want a bigger house, but you cannot afford a larger place.  All these things are good as long as God is in the center of your life.  These things will not ever make us feel complete, because there will always be something that is better than what we possess.

The truth is, we will always lack when God is not in our lives.  We will never be whole without Christ living in us.  Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others and wanting material things, and start trusting God with our lives!

Blogging for Jesus…

My Featured Blog for this week is written by Freedomborn. This is an encouraging posts that will help you understand why you write, and if your writing Christian, this is the perfect blog for you to read.

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Are you  Blogging for Jesus Christ our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, if so you are not alone, we are all part of The Body of Christ and God’s Family, as we share the wonderful Hope we have in The Lord,  we are joined not just by the  Internet but by The Holy Spirit.
 
Have you ever wondered what they did without Computers T.V and Newspapers in Ancient times, how they stayed  in touch with the latest events. They used the City gates, it was a place for all kinds of important activity in the life of the City and those who lived there. 
 
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People would discuss the issues of the day and the issues of life, the respected Elders offered their knowledge, wisdom and insight to settle commercial disputes and other matters effecting the life of the people of the City, a place of trial and adjudication, municipal law courts. Kings would use the City gates to pass down judgement…

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I am a Writer

I love this post by the SEE blog. It encourages us who write blogs and don’t always feel confident in our writing. A wonderful read!

Jennifer Bleakley

“So are you a writer?” she asked with genuine curiosity.

“Uh,” I began with great eloquence, “yes?” (I literally said that in the form of a question!)
Then came the equally eloquent clarification. “I mean, well….I write….words….a lot of words.” Dear Lord! Please stop talking. “I mean, I like to write. I write curriculum….and stories. And oh, and I just got an agent. So um, yes…..I’m a writer?” (Again in the form of a question!)

Why I find this question so difficult to answer, I have no idea. Maybe it’s because writing just seems to be an extension of who I am. I process things through writing, I view everything as a possible story, I even edit my grocery list! It feel less like a job, and more like a lifestyle.

Maybe it’s because saying it out loud makes it sound real, and if it’s real then people might judge…

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How To Put On Strength

My Featured Blog for This Week is from the blog SEE called “How to Put on Strength.” This is for the women who do not feel empowered or feel defeated. Our strength is in the Lord. “Let’s fix our eyes on the One who sits waiting for us to come; and then run boldly into His strong arms so that we might find true strength. “

Jennifer Bleakley

Strength

“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17”

There are days that I do not feel very strong, let alone equipped to meet the challenges that arise during a day. I was recently asked to write a devotional for my church about the Proverbs 31 woman. One thing I found really stood out to me – the source of her strength:

The Proverbs 31 woman is described as dressing herself in (or putting on) strength. It does not say she digs deep and looks within for her own strength. It says she puts it on. So how do we put on strength?

“.. strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119:28b

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

“but those who…

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