Encouraging Words Blog 


Because the Journey Is Too Much For You

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The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too much for you.”  1 Kings 19:7

It’s been a while since I’ve written.  A lot has happened.  Another hospital stay, more heart issues, and a period of upheaval for my family as they try to care for me while I am in the hospital.  With my allergies and sensitivities, I need all food brought in, need someone with me 24.7, and live precariously in the place that has saved my life in the past - or could kill me.

Above All Else

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Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  Proverbs 4:23

I found this quote online today:

When Solomon refers to the guarding of your heart, he really means the inner core of a person, the thoughts,feelings, desires, will and choices that make a person who he/she is.

(You might enjoy reading this article from Got Questions.org in its entirety as the author goes on to compare physical heart ailments and spiritual heart ailments and it’s quite good.)

When It Feels Like No One Is Listening


I think the biggest problem I face right now is loneliness.  I didn’t expect to feel this empty when my husband died.  Then, losing my mom made it harder.

I am completely homebound now, except for the times I must see a doctor.

I miss people.

Someone to talk with, share with, rejoice with, and cry with.

Today, as I was pondering how empty this life can feel, I found this verse.

“My heart has heard You say, ‘Come and talk with me.’

And Yet …

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One of the things I love about Scripture is that it so accurately describes our lives.  You can read of joy and pain, life and death - any dilemma we may find ourselves in.  The people in the Bible?

They were real people.

Just like us.

All you have to do is read through the book of Psalms to see so many feelings - emotions - being poured out to God.

And yet - the story being told, always turns itself to reflect God.

Our Greatest Truth

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It has been challenging for me to write lately. 

I tell myself it is because I have nothing to say. 

I tell myself it is because I hurt too much, that I am too tired. 

I tell myself it is because God is being silent right now and that I'd only be writing from my own perspective and not point to God, which is my ultimate goal in all I write. 

I can find many excuses -- ummmm -- reasons. (Sounds better than excuses!)

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