Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Everyone is dealing with something. Encouragement gives us strength to endure. Encouragement lets us know, we’re not alone. Encouragement is about believing we can get that promotion; we can relocate and start over; we don’t have to settle for less than God’s best; or fill in the blank________________.
Encouragement is making an effort to help someone see their struggle is temporary. Encouragement is keeping peace in unkind situations. They are challenges all around us, I’ve learned that we can only control ourself. Breathe, remain calm and listen. We don’t have to participate in angry ranting and raving.
It’s takes two. Most times, people just need to vent, so be a pair of ears that listen. This would be encouragement by presence, no words needed. (smile)
Encouragement is rare these days. When did we stop talking and encouraging one another? These days, it appears, it’s about what we don’t do or what we don’t have. (shock face)
The possibilities are endless to what encouragement can do for each and everyone of us. (smile)
Thoughts and comments are welcomed. (smile)
Be blessed, encouraged and enjoy your day! (smile)
Some challenges are tests. If we remain calm, keep our peace, and walk by faith, we’ll pass with flying colors! (smile)
Thursday was a test day for me (smile) I made a decision about someone in my life and found out that God had other plans. (shock face) Needless to say, I was not prepared for the sincerity I heard in their voice which completely cause my thoughts to go blank for my comeback remark. My spirit was quickened, my tongue bridled so I just let it go.
I walked out of my house to be hit by the brutal cold and the slippery walk way because I did not shovel the snow off my patio. (Ugh)
I make it to my car and while it’s warming up decided to look for my work ID. Could not find it! (Panic time) So I go back into my house, snow all over my boots, (ugh) to look for my ID. No where could I find it! With no ID, you can’t drive onto the facility. So I called to get a ride with someone. By this time, I am feeling a bit numb but still peaceful. The person was coming to get me in fifteen minutes. Somehow in a matter of that time, I locked my keys in my car! (OMG) I think, are you kidding me!
By this time, my thoughts go through a series of coulda, woulda, shoulda. If you shoveled like you were supposed to…if you didn’t make that call… I felt my silly thoughts were trying to push any button. I thought I had road service assistance with my insurance.
I found out that I didn’t and for $75.00 they would send someone to get my keys. (shock face) It’s while waiting that it hits me, I am being tested! I smile because by the grace of God, I passed so far. (smile) I am not being prideful friends just praising God for the growing of spiritual fruit and the renewal of my mind to keep moving forward by not stopping and dwelling on the why is this happening.
See thoughts will come, it’s our choices that dictate the things that follows. Suffice it to say, I was tested all day. I kept choosing to breath and have faith that God was in control and He was! At the end of the day, I was exhausted with a victory by His grace! (smile)
I am also praying whether to continue blogging! It’s a bit overwhelming most days. Until I learn to balance, some days, there may not be any postings. Please bear with me as I figure this out! Be blessed my friends and enjoy your day!
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Living in these times is a challenge. Things happen, good or bad, it will always be God’s will be done.
We have free will to choose–a positive or negative moment. The choice is ours to make. So let us, praise God, and keep moving forward 😃. Some of us, may need to “sing a song” and just “roll with it” to move forward today. 😛
Every day is a opportunity to know the Word of God for ourselves. This helps to renew our minds that eventually changes our thoughts that eventually changes our actions. As children of God, having the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us by the way we respond to challenges–that thing or that someone who likes to bait us with distractions–let the Holy Spirit guide us in what to say or do and God will get the glory.
Sometimes its not about us. God creates opportunities for us to sow a word, a smile, our time, a meal, any act of kindness to those around us–because we don’t always know or understand the why of it; we must be obedient and trust in God. As he blesses us, we are to be blessings to others.
We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God and keep speaking the word and moving forward.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also willI give you, and a new spirit willI out within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:15- 18 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bring etch forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring etch forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, breathen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.