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A Snippet of Encouragement

(This post is a repeat from June 22. The truths it holds are more relevant today than even the first day it was posted. Be encouraged. Be strong. Be well.)

More than anything in the world right now, I want to encourage you.

I want to reiterate , that even though our world is in chaos, and our hearts are torn by all our eyes see;

We must … not .. be … afraid.

How is that even possible you ask?

By dwelling in the “Secret place” with God.

Here is a good place to begin.

Prayer for Safety from Enemies (Physical, Spiritual, Economic)

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth. Psalm 57:1-3 (NKJV)

Even though; Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.
I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. Psalm 119::53-55 

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; (I am safe here)
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

As they go through the Valley of Baca (weeping) they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.

They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 84

(Selah = Pause, and quietly think of that)

Find encouragement in the Lord.

Until next time …

Regaining Strength

I have been absent lately for a couple of reasons.

The one I’m comfortable sharing, is that I spent last week with my husband doing some online classes for the non profit that we operate here in our town.

It was an amazing time of learning, with some really diverse group of folks; all colorful, and wise in their own rights.

The other reason, bothers me to consider.

Just a little.

I enjoy encouraging others, and being someone they can look up to, and to be a soft place to land for those who need it.

So here is the truth; It snuck up on me.

You would think that with all the extra hours, I could do enormous amounts of work.

But, I found myself exhausted in my mind and in my body.

My doctor is helping me with the physical part.

My heart and mind had run amuck, and needed to go back to a different place.

I’ll tell you, it is a place of worship.

Intentionally.

On purpose.

Every day.

I am slowly getting back in touch with my own self.

Regardless of news headlines.

Regardless of what others think of it.

I am as resistant to change as anyone I know, but I must return to keeping my eyes on the Holy Trinity.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

In them alone my thoughts, words and deeds must be centered.

Only then can the joy of the Lord be my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10b)

I want to be able to encourage again.

I want to be able to on the front row when people need a little support.

People need strong arms and hands to help them these days.

I want to be that.

So, I am on my way back.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)

Until next time …

Two Thieves and a Savior

Short and sweet.

While driving today, I was listening to a podcast by Jentezen Franklin.

The entire listen was worth this.

We all want something.

We all need something.

Some times the thing we want isn’t what we need, and vice versa.

And some times the thing we need is right there with us all the time and we are unaware.

Jentezen told three stories, but the one that stuck with me is this one.

There was Jesus on the cross.

On each side of Him was a thief.

The Son of God; surrounded by thieves.

One recognized Him for who He was, and one did not.

Here’s the kicker; they were thieves.

The one on the left, the thief of the past.

The thief on the right, the thief of the future.

Jesus in the middle.

The only thing we need.

My interpretation; don’t hang out in the past, it’s already gone.

Don’t concern yourself with the future, you cannot control it.

Be present.

Be here.

See Jesus for what He is.

Let Him show you how to make the most of today while we still have it.

I’ll be right here, dwelling on this for a while.

Join me?

Story at 33.25

Until next time …