Encouraging Words Blog 


For the Lord Will Go Before You

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For many of us the New Year doesn’t seem like much to celebrate.  We may be facing devastating challenges and losses.  Yet, there is reason to acknowledge the passing of another year. No matter what heartaches we face, God goes before us and encloses us from behind.  

I am in awe of the way God worked in the life of Oswald Chambers to produce amazing writings.  I can think of no better thing to share with you my friends, his words for December 31.

Worth and Value - In Whose Eyes?

God is amazing.

Just so you don’t miss that, 

God is amazing.

I’m not sure how or why all of the things that are happening are happening right now.

I’m not gonna pretend I understand it at all.

My last post was written about the way envy can suddenly consume me - and my hating the fact that it does.

I don’t want to be that jealous, envious person.

And God knows that.

Yesterday, during my Sabbath rest (I try to refrain from doing *me* stuff from dusk on Saturday to dusk on Sunday  - no, not a legalistic thing, but a choice to take a break and bask in God), I was reading more in my

If Not Now …

Lord, I’m so ashamed.

I know I should be happy for her.  She’s a good person.  She needs something special like this.

But as soon as I heard her news, a tiny, whining voice spoke up inside of me.

“What about me?  Why didn’t that happened for me?  I’ve been trying longer than she has.  Why not me?”

I sit quietly and wait for an answer.  But I am met with only silence.

It’s happening so often lately.  I see others getting what I want.  …

Hope, Patience, and Prayer

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The “New Year” has started a bit early for me.

God is taking me at my word that I am craving changes in my life and is already lighting up the next step.

I’d been praying for my verse for the coming year - and it found me this morning though a daily devotional.

From Romans 12:

“rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer …”

Just a bit of a sentence, but it hit home.

My attitude needs to be one of rejoicing in the hope God holds out for us, being patient in the tribulations of the commingling year.  and prayer? …

It’s All About Giving!


The word “give” appears 1464  time in the New American Standard Version of the Bible.

The word “gave,” 505 times.

From Genesis 1:14 where God gave light to our world, to Revelation 21:6

Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.,

the Scriptures are about giving.

We are encouraged to give:

The Year of Give Away


Two of the things I have been praying for are kind of new ideas for me.

I’m asking for a word for the year and a verse for the year.

I’ve been thinking that I already know the word.


I found this blog site - and while I don’t think it is a specifically Christian based sites, I like the post I read today.

“Tis Better to Donate Than Accumulate”

So while I still search for my verse for the coming year, I think I have added a saying as well - the title of that post!

“If You Want Me To”


I’ve a very dear online friend who sends me links to the most amazing videos that reinforce where I am and what I am feeling.  For today, this video is says it all.  Thanks, Lynne. I love my Rainbow Lady friend!

If You Want Me To 

I’ll be checking, for the next week or so, to see if there is anyone interested in a book study for Hinds Feet On High Places beginning in late January / early February. There is the possibility of either a chatroom study, or a private discussion that will be based on this site.  …

In the Company of Sorrow and Suffering

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He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3

It’s no surprise to many of you that Hinds Feet on High Places is one of my favorite books - mostly because I so relate to the main character, Much Afraid.

It is the personal growth that develops in Much Afraid, as she journeys with Sorrow and Suffering, that command my attention.  …

A Personal Wilderness


I’m at a bit of a loss to understand exactly what God is doing in my life right now.  I feel as if the pathway has suddenly taken another dramatic turn.

With the death of my mom, I feel the urgency of God’s call.

And I wonder how and if God can use any of this call in your life.  It’s vital for mine. But, is it one I can share?

I read in Pursue the Intentional Life:

"Lord, whatever my age or condition, produce Your fruit in and through me.  …

The Intentional Life


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

My mom passed away yesterday morning.

The passing itself was sudden though not unexpected.  There were only minutes between her not feeling well and slipping away quietly in her bed at the nursing home.

That was a blessing after weeks of worsening dementia and paranoia.

She had come to a place of peace the last few days.

Whatever …


I’m finding that the book Soul Revolution is leading me to amazing places.  Places I would never have expected.

Right now, I’m looking at self-care; something I don’t do very well.

And specifically, this morning, my diet.

I thought I’d be on a more spiritual track here.

But food?


Shouldn’t I be focusing on something else?

As I’m trying to bring my thoughts to God, a conversation starts in my mind.

Healthy eating equals Godly choices?

Being Fully Known


I’ve started journaling again.  

Yes, I often type out my thoughts and prayers - but for me there is something more intimate about the feel of pen to paper.  Something more real.  I have colored pencils by my side if I need to use them as well.

I’m realizing that there are wishes and dreams in me that I somehow think I am hiding from God.

Silly isn’t it?

One of the core lessons of Soul Revolution (The latest book on my journey) is about becoming honest with God; so I begin to confess what I know He already knows.  …

Hugged by God


I sat watching a schmaltzy Hallmark movie the other night. 

I know they are predictable - and that, in the end, boy and girl will get together after facing some kind of seemingly insurmountable crisis.

But I like to watch them anyway.

I got a bit teary the other night as I watched the main couple hugging at the end of the movie.  I was remembering what it felt like to have my husband’s arms around me, enveloping me in a huge hug.

One of a Kind


So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.Genesis 1:27  

I want to paint. 

No, I don’t mean that I’d like to know how to paint, I want to be painting right now.  I want to wake up first thing in the morning, grab my watercolors and start painting.

I’ve even started taking a free online class.

I have wondered how in the world God can use this obsession.  

Messy Masterpieces


Often, when I read a new book, I get so enthusiastic about it, I want the whole world to know how much I’m learning from it.  I want to share it.  I want others to read it.  I want to have long discussions about it. 

Soul Revolution is one of those books for me.

As I continue to read Soul Revolution, I am realizing that it is a ‘right book at the right time’ thing for me.

I’m reading the portion of the book where the author, John Burke, talks about our relationships with others - how judgmental we can be - and how we miss the amazing masterpiece creation of another because of the muddy mess that often envelopes them.

He Who Names the Stars

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We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Sometimes, I wonder what motivates the desire for change.  Any kind of change. 

I guess we go on diets, exercise regimes, and make New Year’s Resolutions because we realize that there is something better for us if we make the effort to change what we are doing now.

There is a 12-step saying, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

I’ve found that to be very true. We’ve got to do the work.

Can God Use Broken Bodies As A Living Sacrifice?

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Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

As I quest for changes in my life, I am realizing that it is a  lifestyle transformation I am seeking.

There is so much of the “old” me that I hold on to.  Some of that is evidenced by the clutter around me.  Some of it is readily seen by my actions and activities. …

Do Chronic Challenges Bring Chaos?

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 

Which Way From Here?


“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? 

The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

Alice: I don't much care where.

The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

Alice: ...So long as I get somewhere.

The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.” 

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 

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Where It All Begins

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A long time ago, a time during which I believed there was “a” God and not “the” God, I stood at a kitchen window washing dishes and talking to my mom.  

I was about four months pregnant.  The baby’s father had left as soon as he knew I wouldn’t get an abortion.  

Life didn’t make sense to me.

I wasn’t a spiritual person.  I had gone to church because it was what you did on Sundays.  I knew little of the Bible.  …

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