Friday, July 15, 2011

Some days...


Some days we need more encouragement than others.  This week has been one where I have personally needed some. One day I received it from Stacy in a sweet email she sent me.  She sent a scripture along with her words of encouragement that lifted my spirit!

 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.
Proverbs 12:25
 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
Romans 15:5

This morning I just happened to turn on the radio as David Jeremiah was beginning his message on encouragement.
He spoke about Barnabas, the encourager, from Acts 11:22-24.

News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.  He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord

 God speaks encouragement to our hearts through His Word! Today I looked up a few verses and these are the ones that have lifted my spirit. 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Do you need to be encouraged today?  Watch for ways that encouragement comes to you!  God is faithful to meet your need!

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Kathryn D. Duke said...

Wow...I heard this also and was able to listen to most of his message.
I had planned to reread this scripture but have not. I will do it right now.

Being an encourager is one of my spiritual gifts although I seem to do it best with everyone except my husband...something I need to work on. And I told him about this message and that I had never realized that Barnabas was an encourager.

Off to read...thanks!