Encouraging Words Blog 


When Your Strength Wanes


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

I was talking to a close friend of mine and confided in her that this is probably the weakest I have felt since I had a hyper-thyroid issue that caused me to lose massive amounts of weight very quickly.

I’ve so little strength.

She, logically, asked if I was depressed.  After all, enough has happened lately, it would make sense.

I Will Tell … Will You?


I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

It has finally dawned on me that conquering fear is not a one-time event for me.  I seem to come face-to-face with that old enemy time and again.

Mostly, my fears have to do with heart issues.  …

Loaves and Fishes


Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. Matthew 14: 19-20

I’ve never given much thought to the story of Jesus and the crowd fed with only a few fish and loaves of bread.  …

Can I Make an Example of You?

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

For me, this life of chronic illness is all about lessons.

One lesson I’m learning is just how much this is all not about me.  It’s about God’s purpose for me.

I find I can’t write every day anymore.  My writing was one place where I felt I was serving God as best I could. 

Is It Worth It?

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That I may know Him ….  Philippians 3:10a

Home from the hospital less than 24 hours and I had a visit from a friend.  

I wasn’t able to get up to answer the door so, she just came in on her own.  Seeing me in my hospital bed (it lives in our living room), still tired and not looking my best, she paused. 

 “deni … is it really worth it?” she asked.  “Is it worth all this?”

I gave her a strange look as it was such an odd greeting.  …

Prisoners of What?

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Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. (Zechariah 9:12)

A bit more from my previous post Awake My Soul! 

I found a tiny phrase in the recitation from that video that gave me pause.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to take it - or precisely what it means.

But the more I think about it, the more I like the turn of the phrase:

“you prisoners of hope”.

I know that sometimes living with my chronic illnesses, homebound, some days bedbound, can feel like a prison.

Strengthen What Remains

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Wake up! Strengthen what remains ... Revelation 3:2

I hope you were able to watch yesterday’s video post Awake My Soul.  That video has triggered so much in me that I want to write about.  (If you’ve not seen the video, you can find it HERE and the verses spoken HERE.)

Toward the end of the video the words, “Strengthen what remains …” were spoken.

Those words spoke volumes to me.  I found myself nodding my head in agreement.  …

Awake My Soul!

A very sweet friend of mine passed this video  “Awake My Soul” along to me.  Perhaps you have already seen it.

I found myself with tears in my eyes as I listened.  The speaker’s voice (who I found out is David Teems), the video itself, the music, and the words were so comforting.  I watched it al least three times.

Then, I watched it again, piece-by-piece and  searched out the Scriptures that were quoted.  I’m not sure what version of the Bible was used - and in a few places it seems translated and there are some shortened passages.

The Domino Effect

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We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB)

I know I’ve written about our thought lives before - and I no doubt will again.  I am seeing how absolutely vital it is to monitor the things we think about.

It is so easy for me to drift off into thoughts that lead me in that oh-so-familiar downward spiral.

Necessary Losses?

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

I have heard the term “necessary losses”.   Paul said to lose is to gain.  What an amazing statement!  To consider the loss of all things …. All things … and consider them rubbish.  I look to my losses:  My mobility, freedom to come and go as I please, the loss of many, many a dream, the loss of freedom from pain, the loss of my job.  …

What’s the Point of it All?

I've heard this question time and again.  "What's the point of it all?" It's a fair question.  What is the point of all the pain and suffering we go through?  

I found part of my answer when someone was asking why people get so upset when they read the word "mankind."  With the feminist movement, the use of the word man has become an insult if somehow it might refer to a woman instead.  My comment?  

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." …

But I SHOULD Be Doing ….

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.  I've always known I'm not a patient person.  I didn't realize how much that impacts the way I view my life. I am finding that instead of staying in the moment called today, I usually am looking at the next thing I could or "should" be doing.  

I want things to happen in a specific time frame.  …

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