Encouraging Words Blog 


Wine … or Whine?

This is a timely revisit for me.  I hope it encourages you as well.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  1 Peter 4:12 NIV

One of the devotionals I get is from Oswald Chambers.  I find he says many things that I find difficult, but that my spirit knows to be true.  This is part of one I received today and it inspired me to write.  …

Rest … or Laziness?


I’ve not written for a while.  Truth be told, it’s because I’m tired.  Yes, there have been odd lot mini health crisis that have popped up, but nothing horrific.

I’m just tired.

I end up feeling as if I’m lazy.

And guilty.

I wonder if I should be pushing through and getting devotionals up - even reruns.

But I don’t.

A few days ago,  I read a Bible reference that helped ease my soul.

There is a bit of a back-story to it.  …


This post is from 2011.  It is just as true for me today as it was the day I wrote it.  Many things have changed in my life since then:  the deaths of my husband, mother, and brother - and most recently, my cancer diagnosis.  But, today is still the only day I have in which to live.  I pray the post, though a revisit for some, will bless you … today.

Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11, NIV)

Did you know that the word “today” appears over 200 times in the Bible.  …

When Bitterness Makes a Home

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My journal has become my confessional as I talk with God.  

This morning I woke with bitterness in my heart. I had had my feelings hurt.  

I’ve never found it easy to talk to people either in person or on the phone. The computer world makes communication easy for me. I think it’s an autistic/asperger thing.

Yet, the other day I decided to reach out to several people who had told me that, no matter what, they’d be there for me when I needed them. …



Because you have kept My command to persevere … Revelation 3:10

Uh, Lord?

It’s me again.

I know you’ve been hearing from me a lot lately. Almost constantly, it seems. And I know I’ve got so much to be thankful for these past few months.  I’ve really felt Your presence here.  I feel I’m getting to know you better.

But, (you knew that was coming, didn’t you, Lord?) I’m kind of confused.

I mean, I had this cancer thing all neatly tied up in a box.  …

Lonely Little Petunia or Little Golden Flower?

You turned my wailing into dancing;  you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,  that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.  Psalm 30: 11-12

My mom had a song  she used to sing as she did her housework. I always thought it was a cute little song, but I never thought about it much.  It went something like this:

"I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch ... an onion patch ... an onion patch.  

When It’s Pruning Time

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Since I don’t have a lot of energy for many other activities, and I’m really tired of playing games on my iPad, I decided to put renewed effort into memorizing Scripture in my ScriptureTyper app.

I’m working on Romans 8 (still!) and have started learning John 15. Two of those verses jumped out at me yesterday and I’ve been pondering how they fit together.

The first:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  …

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