Encouraging Words Blog 


Too Many Books?

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I’m reading a lot of books right now.

Soul Revolution led to Practicing His Presence, which led me back to Tozer’s Pursuit of God.

I found “On Loving God” and “God’s Troubadour: St. Frances of Assisi, free for my audiobooks.  (I think that counts as reading???)

For my Kindle, I have “The Master’s Indwelling” about a third done.

I never realized these books were out there and that they were all pretty much talking about the same thing - learning to abide in God.

Whose Schedule Are We On?


"But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31:14-15a. 

I get frustrated.

A lot.

And I know that frustration is nothing more than disguised, low level anger.

I don’t like to think I’m like that - but I am.

I have this neat little daily schedule I try to stick to.

Try is the operative word.

Even on the “good” days, some start out running full tilt and I get behind where I want to be.

Nothing, Absolutely Nothing …


I could find no words to write today.  I’ve typed and deleted.  Sat and pondered.  Yet, nothing.

What seemed to make sense was to share not my words, but His.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

Feeling Naked Before God


He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Genesis 3:10 

I thought it would feel differently.

I guess I thought I would feel some kind of elation, rejoicing even, when I got to this point.

I’m learning that completely surrendering my life to God is not easy for me. I’ve simply not been willing to do it.

I think my last holdout has been my artwork.

Well, TV, too.

“Me, Too!”


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

I had this really good idea for today

Subscriber List Glitch

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“When Is ‘More’ Enough?”

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This was meant to be sent out yesterday, but my website seems to have a mind of its own.

Do you like honey? Don't eat too much, or it will make you sick! Proverbs 25:16 

I learn lessons the hard way.

Today, I started having all sorts of headaches with my email accounts.

Yes, accounts.  Plural.  WAY plural.

And the headaches multiplied exponentially.

I tend to overthink.

Over do - go way beyond what I really need, just because I can.



I’ve always known how important Scripture is in my life.  It was a tiny, now tattered Amplified New Testament that started me on this earthly journey toward God.

Every so often, I find I like to have a simple list of Scriptures to read: ones in a topical order that can touch and refresh my soul.

That is my gift to you today.  But be aware, it’s a gift of hand-me-downs.

Handed down to us over centuries to meet us where we are today.

Crying Over Spilled Milk

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Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

My housekeeping method is the “pilot system.” 

Pile it here, pile it there.

A horizontal space soon towers with stuff.

Being an artist doesn’t help.  I keep all my supplies, all my books, all my ’stuff’ by my chair. 

Today, as I was trying to balance my breakfast, my computer, two books and a box of pens on the arms of my chair (I know, I know - not a bright idea …), something was bound to give way. 

When the Creation Creates

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You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 

I guess that the thing I love to do the most is create.  Whether it is with words, or colors, or ideas.  I love to create.

I read something the other day that stated God is so awesome that gave His creations the ability to create.

That was something I truly understood last night.

I’ve been garnering the strength and energy to participate in another art vendor show.  …

"I Want To Keep Going Up”


Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31 

One of the gals in the Hinds Feet Book Study group made a comment on our questions that really hit home for me.

She wrote "I feel like I am at a place in my journey to my own High Place where I've reached a fork in the path. Is one way going to lead down ultimately even though it looks easier? …

What Are You Willing to Give Up for God?

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It’s becoming personal.

I know that must sound strange.

My walk with God is changing.  It is becoming far more personal that I ever dreamed it would.  

It’s requiring me to look deeply inside of myself, and hold nothing back.  Nothing.

I am so influence by the books I am reading.  No, not influenced … propelled in a direction that I’ve longed to take -  a direction of which I have only had brief glimpses.

Soul Revolution

Second Chances


One year ago, my husband was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  He had overcome Multiple Myeloma and had been in remission after a stem cell transplant for over five years.

Leukemia gave us a different outcome.

Little did I even dream that one year later, I would be in the  9th month of widowhood.

I also gave myself a lot of grief about my relationship with my husband those last few months.  I felt I could have done so much more for him.  …

Running Away

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But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:3

I am learning that my first response to a difficult situation is always the same.

I run away.

When I was younger it was literally running away.

I’ve responded that way for a long, long time.


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and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10: 5b

I found an interesting challenge today.

I’m not looking at my Artist’s Way book right now - it’s in a pile of books somewhere by my chair, so some of my wording may be different than what I read - but I wanted to share this with you all.

Along with trying to write three pages a day, something called “Morning Pages,” Julia Cameron suggests an exercise to try.

Just As I Am

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Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

There it is again, Lord.

Romans 12:1 in Oswald Chambers devotional for today.

I am now positive this is the verse you have given me for now.

I guess I feel that I am not presenting You with a very worthy sacrifice.

This body.

This body that does so much less than it did before.

Giving Ourselves Permission

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A bit of housekeeping for the Hinds Feet book study.  There are a number of you who have not introduced yourself on the study site.  Please do so, so I will know how many of you are attending and have been successfully able to access the site.  If you don’t want to fully introduce yourself, just say, “Hello!”

If you did not receive the intro letter with your username and password, please contact me through this 

Moving Forward in Your Life?


A bit of housekeeping for the Hinds Feet book study.  If you did not receive the intro letter with your username and password, please contact me through the site.  Also, you might want to check your spam folder for the email.  Make sure that encouragingwords@me.com is in your address book!

Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you. …

God in a Bubble?


Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

I started thinking about bubbles today.  

My favorite job was working with school kids who had emotional disabilities.  Many of “my” kids had attention deficit disorders.  

One of the tools I’d use was a bottle of blowing bubbles.

Some kids had real problems with impulse control - acting without thinking.  You know the, “It seemed like a good idea at the time” kind of deal.

In Sixty Days


While Hinds Feet on High Places is probably one of my favorite fictional stories, it’s followed closely by Alice in Wonderland.

It’s not been unusual for me to feel like Alice; that I’ve been running as fast as I can, just to stay where I am - and still losing ground - that I’m wandering  in this strange land of chronic illness and seemingly unending challenges.

But, ah!  The changes that have poured forth in the past 60 days. 

A B C Solution for Worry

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'Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat’ or about your body, what you will wear.” '  Luke 12:22

I awakened early this morning with my heart beating faster than normal and pounding a bit.  I always find this disconcerting.

I went back to sleep and when I awoke later, it was pounding a bit harder.  The rate wasn’t terribly fast, but it was fast for me, as I have a pretty low heart rate.

At the End of 2014


Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye know it?  I will then make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19

The first day of a brand new year.

A year filled with possibilities and challenges.

A year filled with opportunities.

A year in which to mourn.  A year in which to rejoice.  

A whole year right in front of me … and you.

We’ve no way of knowing what this year will bring to us.

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