Encouraging Words Blog 


What Do You Need To Let Go Of?


When I was in grad school, we learned about two decidedly different personality responses that would guide our treatment plans.

There were people who tended to blame themselves - feeling sad and guilt ridden, and often angry at themselves.

There were people who, most often,  blamed others - feeling wronged and angry at others.

I fall in to the first category.  I used to joke that I should have been either Jewish or Catholic, as I carried so much guilt.      

Someone To Belong To

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I always wanted to fit in.

I wanted to belong - somewhere … to someone.

But I never really did.

My family wasn’t close.  We were people who lived in the same house.

I was the misfit at school.  I was too tall, too awkward, and oh-so-socially inept.

That part comes from living on the autism spectrum.

Grade school?


Middle school?

Even less.

And we won’t talk about my years in high school.

I was 24 when I married.  Married the first man who asked  (which is a move I do not recommend), and ended up being left for another woman - one who didn’t have four children under the age of 10.

My Advice for the Year Ahead of Us

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! …

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

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Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)

Sometimes, I read or hear a verse over and over, feeling I have a good grasp on its meaning. And sometimes, in a flash, the meaning changes. 

This is one of those verses. I just didn't "get" it. 

As my journey into God deepens, some things suddenly hit home. …

It’s All Holy Ground

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“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

This is a realization that has been a long time coming. 

As I was listening to a song on my playlist from a praise album I love, (mostly because I sang the songs in choir me self a long time ago), it stuck me. 

The lyrics were "We are standing on Holy ground."

When I was younger, I used to compartmentalism my God-life from my routine life. 

As Easy As A B C

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I love reading books by Max Lucado.  But as my ability to read seems to decline, I am using more audiobooks.  I recently listened to his newest book, “Before Amen” and it’s companion “Pocket Prayers.”

One of the chapters grabbed me and won’t let go.  Max talks about our being thankful - and he does it in an unusual way.  He goes through the alphabet as his guide.

I know I sometimes get “lost” in things to express my gratitude for - but I really like this idea and decided to come up with my own ABC list.  …

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