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Getting Rid of the Ugly Feelings

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Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? …

Revisiting: Live in Today

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It can be so easy to get stuck living in the past of "what might have been" or looking fearfully into the future.  …

But I Should Be Doing ...

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This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

As I am forced to spend more time with myself, I learn more and more about myself.  …

For the Mornings that Seem Not So Good

Some mornings just don't seem like good ones.  Is there an easy way to turn them around?

“Good Morning, Lord.”

I lie in my bed looking out the window.  I see the cloudy sky and the leaves in the trees a lush green.

“It’s another one of those days, Lord.  You know, the kind where I wake up in pain and know – just know that nothing much will be done.  It’s a “bed” day.  I don’t like them, Lord.”

“I know, child.  I know.  …

In the Fires of Sorrow

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I very rarely refer you all to another post.  This one, is so worth the read, and says what is on my heart in a far better way than I ever could.

I pray the words speak to you today as they did to me!

In the Fires of Sorrow by Oswald Chambers

Revisiting: When Life Falls Apart

The following is the first blog post I ever placed online.  This particular devotional is as relevant for me now as it was the day it was written five years ago. Many things have happened in my life since then, but the response remains the same as Peter's.

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God" (John 6:68 NIV)

Pointing At God

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It is so easy to play the blame game. Who do you point to when problems arise … and what do you say?

Come and hear, all you who reverently and worshipfully fear God, and I will declare what He has done for me! Psalm 66:16

"He did it."

"No …. SHE did it!!"

"I did not!"

"Well, I didn't do it!"

"It's his fault!  He did it!"

Anyone who has kids will recognize the above exchange.

We, as humans are so good at blaming - at dodging responsibility.  …

An Updated "Unfollow Me?"

In this age of Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest and a myriad of other social networking, we have lots of "following choices." What (or who …) do you follow? 

When Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continually.  (Matthew 16:24) NIV

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. "You do not want to leave too, do you?"

The Ugly Invaders

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After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.      1 Peter 5:10

I would have told you that I had a pretty good handle on my thought life.

Would have.

This morning?

This morning I find my mind invaded by ugly thoughts.  I feel attacked by them.  Bombarded.

I had a friend who called it "Getting hit with the stun gun."

Sitting in Darkness

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Are there difficult times in your life, when you look around you and everything seems shrouded in darkness? Do you look upon those times with dread?  Perhaps God has a different use for those dark days.  

"Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me." (ESV) Micah 6:8

Oh my, how those words jump out at me.

When I sit in darkness …

That is very much what the silence feels like when it descends.

For the Hopeless Days

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Some days we might feel as if all hope is gone. We may feel empty and alone.  Where do we turn on those hopeless days?

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5

Hopeless.

That is how I feel some days.

Hopeless.

I stare at the words I have written.

Hopeless.  Having less hope than I did before.

Interesting.

And … why?

I think it is because of the silence.

It's early morning.

The kids are still asleep.

The Most Important Words of All

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Have you ever felt regret over words said or words left unsaid, after it was to late to say them?  Have you learned the most important words of all? God has set the example for us through His never-ending love and forgiveness - it is up to us to pass it on.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Some lessons are lessons we learn too late.

Some lessons are learned too late to say, "Forgive me."

Revisiting: Strength for Today

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Today, I find, is one of the "I need strength to get through this day, Lord" days.  Some days are definitely more difficult than others.  It's important to remember just exactly where our strength comes from!

Lord, Be gracious to us; we long for You.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.  Isaiah 33:2

Sometimes I wonder how in the world I got started writing this blog. I think a lot of it came out of my love for Scripture.  

Words on a Page

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How do you face life when all you see if pain around you and ahead of you?  Is it possible to find comfort in this life?  God's word says, "Yes."

This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.  Psalm 119:50

I know it's nothing new.

I know it can sound trite.

I know you have probably heard it before.

I know I have even doubted how it could be possible.

How can words on a page comfort us, much less revive us, when everything around us seems to bring pain?

When We Cry

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Some days our tears flow so easily. We may feel lost and alone.  How does God respond to us during those times?  

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18.

If I were to have had a conversation with God yesterday, I imagine it would have gone something like this:

Lord?

Lord, are you there?

Oh, Lord I need you now.

Please answer me???

<Silence>

Lord?

<A tear falls.  …

When I Stand Before God (and a really cool Giveaway!)

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Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? …

Tripped Up by the Challenges?

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Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

When I was a lot younger, I imagined a perfect life ahead of me.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do, had visions of how my future would look, and kept focus on those expectations.

I think it is fair to say that none of them panned out.

I Will Not … But I Will

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”  John 14:18

I love words.  I love the nuances of words.  I love our language.  Unlike most folks I met in grad school, I enjoyed writing papers.  I loved to find exactly the right word to convey the precise meaning of what I was trying to say.

That might be why I so enjoy reading different versions of the Bible.  Words in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic can be difficult to translate.  …

"Here I Am … Send … ME?

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,   “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

For those of you who are Facebook friends, you've already seen this quote from sermon by Bruce Goettsche from Union Church in IL. I've posted some comments by Bruce before and his faith never ceases to amaze me and I continue to learn from his email sermons.  I understand that he also has YouTube videos.

Revisiting: Empty Words?

 As the rain and the snow  come down from heaven,
 and do not return to it without watering the earth
 and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 

It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;  the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.  …

Re-walking: The Bridge

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And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 NASB

Do you know folks that have found a place of contentment with their illnesses?  Someone who tells you they would not be where they are now spiritually if not for the challenges they face?  A person who has found God in their illnesses - and is grateful?

I remember a story from a devotional book by Melody Beatty that I used to read.  …

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

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Then they sat seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great. Job 2:13

Do you know what I like least about facing my challenges?

Feeling I am not heard.

Sometimes, when I go just to talk to others I am barraged by words that discourage me.

"You know, you really should try ....." (Fill in the blank.)

"Well, if I were you I would ...."

"If you really wanted to you could ...."

Revisiting: Living Water

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I am finding out just how important it is for me to keep Christ in the forefront of my mind.  It's a day-to-day, hour-to-hour thing.  It helps me to reread some of my older posts to remind myself of the things God has shown me in the past.  I pray these words have meaning for you today, whether they are a revisit for you from a year and a half ago - to being new words for you today.

He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions.  …

The In-Between Days

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We praise Him on the good days.  We look to Him in the storm.  But what about the in-between days?  Is God always with us?

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20

It's not a mountain-top experience day.

It's not a valley day, either.

It's a rainy, sunless day in Indiana.  (We've had a lot of those lately.)

I'm late in my morning routine.

It's almost four in the afternoon and I've not yet done all my devotional time.

Don't Like Change? Me Either

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“For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me." Job 3:25 

Those old feelings well up again.  The ones that rebel when things are different.  The ones that surface when my old friend "change" comes around.

I know that most of us don't like changes.  We want things to be as they once were.  I think of the tall, thin, active me that once was deni.  

I look in the mirror at the overweight, hunched, stuck in a recliner me that I am now - and pretty much hate it.

The Sandpaper Days

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Some days it simply hurts to exist - whether it be physical or emotional pain.  Is there any rhyme or reason for our pain?  And how in the world can God use the days in our lives that hurt so very much? 

“I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days. Job 27:6

What I am finding hardest in this life are the little things.

Yes, I know that the big things, the ones that sneak up on us and slap us in the face, are challenging.

In the Circle of Your Love

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Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you' the night will shine like the day, for the darkness is as light to you." …

Daytime - Nighttime: A Revisit

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Sometimes night time is difficult for me.  As the sun goes down and the world goes from colorful to dim hues to greying shadows and finally to darkness, I often think of how much more I enjoy the sunlight.

Things seem “different” in the darkness.  Shadows take on odd and sometimes unsettling shapes.  I recently saw a children’s book that dealt with helping a child to understand that the sometimes scary shadows are the same things we see in daylight, but our eyes “play tricks” on us and we perceive them as something completely different.

Too Much of a Good Thing

I apologize for the sporadic posting of the past week or so. I've been having computer issues and publishing problems. I am working on setting up another computer, however I may have lost things in the transfer.  If you have emailed me recently about a prayer request or an e-book download, please contact me again!  Thanks for your patience!!

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  …

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