How to have gracious words (His Encouragement)

Reading Time: 3 minutes I used to think I was a patient person. Then I had children of my own and discovered that it is easy to be patient when you are well-rested and stress-free. The real test is when you face a challenging situation when you are sleep-deprived, stressed out, overwhelmed, grieved, anxious, or in pain.

Proverbs 16:24 encourages us to have gracious words, but how? When stressed, it can be hard to stop our natural reactions (the fight or flight response).

5 Tips for a realistic new year’s resolution

Reading Time: 4 minutes The New Year often brings with it a sense of renewed enthusiasm to make a change or two in our lives. But should a Christian make a new year’s resolution? And, if so, how do we make a goal that is realistic and achievable?

His Encouragement: Nothing will be impossible with God

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Life in this sin-marred world is not always easy. The path we follow can be traitorous. Many of us face challenges, illness, heartache, and deep sorrow. When we are in the deep valleys, we often cannot see the joys that are awaiting us on the other side of the mountain.

But God knows and He helps us to climb out of that valley and up that mountain — often carrying us!

10 Bible verses about thanksgiving and praise

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Bible Verses This week I am going to do things a little differently. Instead of selecting only one verse of encouragement, I have selected ten Bible verses about thanksgiving and praise to share. 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates

His Encouragement: Be free from guilt

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today’s scripture I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:4-5, ESV A few days ago, a blogger friend of mine shared a fantastic article on the topic of mom guilt. (Read What

His Encouragement: As examples for us

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today’s scripture Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 1 Corinthians 10:6, ESV Have you ever read something in the Bible that was so shocking or horrible that it made you pause and wonder why it was included in the Word of God? Maybe

Philippians 2:14 tells us to do all things without complaining or arguing... Let's choose joy!

His Encouragement: Without complaining and arguing

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Life is hard. It has its ups and downs. However, the Lord does not want us to remain stuck way down there in the pit of despair and negativity. He offers His hand to pull us up.

One way He lifts us up is to obey the teachings in His Word. Philippians 2:14 gently reminds us: “Do everything without complaining and arguing”. Some translations use the word “grumbling”. Basically, what the apostle Paul is telling us here is that we need to become more conscious of our attitude, our mindset, and our words.

His Encouragement: Listen to advice and accept instruction

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are times when God will place the right people in our path at just the right time with the right piece of advice. We need to be open to advice and humble enough to accept instruction (possibly even correction) when it is coming from a reliable source.

His Encouragement: We have an advocate

Reading Time: 4 minutes A careful reading of the Scriptures paints a very different picture of God than many of us are familiar with. 1 John 2:1 gives us a glimpse into the final judgment. There is an accused, an accuser, a judge, an advocate, and the entire universe is watching with bated breath to see what happens…

His Encouragement: Keep On the Sunny Side

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Yes, sometimes life is full of sorrows, dark and troubled times but there is a sunny side, too, if we look for it.

Let us always trust in our Savior and allow His love and the promises of His Word brighten our darkest days with hope for a brighter tomorrow.