Encouraging Words Blog 


Revisiting: It Is Well … ?


This is a great post for me to revisit.  As my body deals with many issues today, I need to remember that my body is only a part of who I am.

The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it? Proverbs 18:14

Sometimes I am real slow on the uptake.  Things that are pretty obvious suddenly dawn on me and I can't believe I didn't see them before.

Yesterday was one of those days.  …

How Can There Be Good in Goodbye?

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Today is another long Chicago day for me.  I figured a repost would be good.  This is one from April of 2012. It seems to fit well with the current events in my life.  I hope it encourages you today.

"May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”  Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud. Ruth 1:9

I wasn't good at saying "Goodbye" when I was a kid.  I remember one summer when my dad and my brother went to Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico.  …

Filling an Empty Day


I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live Deuteronomy 30:19

The first thing I see when I begin to write a new blog post is a choice of what to add.  I automatically click on Empty/Text to begin writing for that day.

I realized that, just as I begin my empty text page, the day in front of me is as new and as empty as the screen in front of me.

Flash Prayers; Revisited

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Lately, I’ve been learning more about prayer.  The more I learn, the more I realize how little I actually know.  Well, maybe I should clarify that to knowing about “effective prayer.”

Today, we had what looked like a family crisis looming ahead of it.  …

Getting What You Want Or Wanting What You Get


“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

Have you ever envied those who are healthy?  Those who don't struggle for lack of money?  Those who seem to have perfect lives?

I know I have.

Yet, as I am learning through this walk along side of my challenges, things may not be exactly as they seem.

In Time of Trouble

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.  Nahum 1:7

My dear, dear readers - our lives are such struggles at times! 

I remember as I watched my husband's battle with his Parkinson's and cancer continue to deteriorate. It's such a similar thing watching my mother in rapid dementia decline. 

I find I am relating to pain and illness in a new way.  I guess I'm almost used to my own challenges.  …

At the End of Yourself?

The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:27

This is a video I need to watch over and over and over.  My grateful thanks to my friend Joy, who recently shared it with me.

I could feel the tenseness inside of me as I watched and listened. I'd not realized how tightly I am holding on to things right now.

The fears surrounding my own pain.  Picking up the emotions of my mom.  …

GPS Signal Lost


Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Yesterday became the trip to Chicago that wasn't.  Not terribly far into our trip, maybe the first 15 minutes, traffic on the Indiana tollroad began to slow.  As we approached the first toll plaza, it became apparent that we were in the middle of a backup of cars and trucks that were barely moving.  

Perfect Peace? - (Updated)


A day when I have a Chicago trip seems to be a good day for a revisit.  As I looked through posts, I realized that, once again, I've let my emotions take over as situations in my life become more complicated, compounded by more dental problems that necessitate that drive to Chicago today.  I so know I need to remember this verse today - and every day. Blessings, dear readers!

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 

Another Day, Another Lesson


Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Corinthians 6:16

My almost 12-year-old daughter asked me an uncomfortable question the other day.

(She's good at that!)

We were talking about how important it is to have a home-life that includes Christ on a daily basis.  …

Nothing New Under the Sun?


That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

 I sit and stare at my keyboard.

I feel as if the words I write have become old.


And I'm not sure why.

I read the devotionals of others and feel the life in them.

I feel as if there are no new thoughts to be written.

As if everything I have to say has already been recorded.

"I'll Stay There Forever …"

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"… and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17: 26

A dear friend of mine posted the above picture on Facebook.  As I read it, I thought back to another picture posted on my timeline the day before.

It's a picture of my husband and myself from my class reunion a few years ago.  

It began a train of memories for me.  …



And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    Philippians 4:7

I like encouraging quotes.  I was trying to find a particular quote I had read from Leo Buscaglia and I ran across these that I would like to share.

“There are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. …

"This Is For You" - A Timely Revist


All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 1 Timothy 3:16-17.

I had a rather strange experience with my Bible today as I was searching for a topic to write about.  There have been few "lesson" moments to write about the past few days, which is a wonderful thing in many ways.  …

"But Most of All …"

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 

John 15:15

I don't handle middle of the night wake-me-up phone calls well.  It pretty much originates with the midnight call that woke me up only to hear my daughter had been stabbed.

Last night, I had one of those phone calls.

Guest Post: Right Here, Right Now

Every so often, I read a post that has something I need to say, want to say, in a way that is much clearer than any words I could ever write.  This is one of those posts.  Diedre Manning's "The Middle" is an amazing blog.  She is graciously allowing me to run this as a guest post for you all.  She so sums up the way I have realized I need to look at my life.  Staying right here - right now.

It seems some of us are stuck right now. …

When Simple Things Become Difficult


Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. Psalm 131:2

I can barely imagine what my mom is going through as her dementia takes away more and more of what she knows or remembers how to do.

Simple things have become difficult.

Making a phone call on her cell phone.

Figuring out how to use the television.

Remembering the day of the week.

When the Journey Is too Much for You

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I realize that I posted this only five months ago.  For that, I apologize.  Yet the message here is one I need to cling to as my mom deteriorates.  Day-by-day her memory issues become more prominent   

I find myself now the mama, helping her to do simple things like use the phone.  I listen to her as she repeats herself over and over.  

This journey once again feels as if it is too much for me. It might be different if I could get to her bedside and stay with her.  …

For the Days That Get Away From You


Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. John 15:9

I was surprised when I realized I hadn't posted here yesterday.  How did that happen?  I intended to - I think I even started thinking on a topic - but somehow, the day got away from me.

I know I was able to get in part of my morning routine. I worked on my memory verses.  I read my devotional.  I had prayer time … but how did I not get to my writing?

Is Bitterness Knocking At Your Door?


Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7

I think it is easy to become embittered when walking this rocky path of chronic illness.  I didn't realize how deep the bitterness can run in me until yesterday when it spontaneously spewed forth.  



This has always been one of my favorite poems.  It came to mind when I wrote yesterday's post "Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat."  You may have read this before.  I know it is rather gender specific, but beyond that, it's good advice.  Enjoy!

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;

Are You A Thermometer or a Thermostat?

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

I've written before that I'm a pretty emotional person.  I get moved to tears easily.  (My son says I cry at toilet paper commercials!)  And I have amazing moments of joy as well.  I really run the spectrum of feelings.

Sometimes, I'm glad. Other times, I feel as if my emotions simply run away taking me with them.

I read about an interesting concept as to how we approach the world.

But I REALLY Wanted That …

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

This is a challenging post to write.

Challenging because I'm not sure how it will be received and challenging because of all I faced that led me to this place today.

My mom's memory has gotten progressively worse at an alarmingly rapid rate.  She is forgetting things that were second nature to her.

Another Season of Letting Go

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What then shall we say to these things? If God is for  us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Romans 8: 31-32

I am and always have been an emotional person. It is easy for me to let my feelings run away with me.  It seems I tie into the emotions of those around me, and it is not unusual for me to be influenced by the emotions of others.

Wait For It . . .


I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14

A few days ago, I wrote about having the confidence that we will see goodness in our world - even when we are going through bleak times.  Good is still there because God is still there!

I think the next verse explains it more, as that can be a very difficult idea to believe when things are awful.

Changing Your Story


Ironically, my most visited blog post is one I didn't even write.  But the message is good.  So good.  I hope you take the time to click on over and read this post.  With so many negatives surrounding me right now, I need to make extra sure that I am telling myself the right story.  Are you?

Every once in a while I read a blog post that says exactly what I am thinking or feeling.  While this blog post  doesn't directly address chronic illness, I feel it contains an important lesson for those of us who are faced with challenges beyond the norm.

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