Category Archives: Encouragement

DOWNTRODDEN? weighed down?

I woke early Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, feeling very downtrodden by all that is happening around me – this virus, the hatred that some have for our President, the grieving of people who have lost loved ones, the people who have had health diagnosis of cancer or some disease, the isolation, the hatred of many for the history of our United States of America and its founding, the children who need to go back to school, the people who need to return to work, the people who need to be back in the church and the fellowship of believers.

I picked up my Bible to continue my reading the Bible through, and I saw that my next book to read was Revelations. I stopped for a moment and prayed, “Lord, I don’t think I can get into that deep study right now. What can I do?” The thought came to my mind that I should read in my devotion book, “A Daily Walk Through the Psalms” instead. I have always found that book to be very uplifting, and I surely needed to be uplifted this morning. I then wondered what number today is in the year so that I could read the devotion for August 5. That book didn’t have dates; it has day numbers; such as, Day1, Day 2, etc. I googled my question and got the answer – August 5 is Day #217. I turned to that page and much to my surprise it began with my life verse of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And I read through that day’s devotion and was certainly encouraged. Well, God knew I needed to see that verse to let me know that no matter what comes my way that I can rest assured that today is still a day in which I can praise my Lord and Savior!

Then that still small voice within me prompted me to google again to double check what day August 5 is in the year, just to be sure. Guess what? Number 218 came up as this day’s number. I could hardly believe my eyes. I know the number was 217 a few minutes before when I checked, and now it is # 218! So, Today is # 218 in the year 2020. This incident is what I prefer to call a God-incidence, not a co-incidence! I turned to Day 218 in my devotion book and below is a summary of what I found – encouragement from Jesus!!  He knew I needed to read this.

The devotion was entitled “Walking With God”. Deuteronomy 10:12 says, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul?” I believe that to “fear the Lord your God” means to be in awe of Him and His power.

Heart rending questions were asked; such as, Tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Well, be comforted by taking a walk with God. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised that He would teach us how to live freely if we would walk with Him.

Worried? Filled with Anxiety? Jesus said he would never leave us or forsake us, so be confident in God’s power. Have you lost all hope for the future? Turn that lost hope into courage and call upon God. He will provide the hope that you have lost.

Grieving? For loss of a spouse or family member or a close friend? God knows that you are suffering. He hears you and sees you. God will give you the comfort you need and He will wipe away all those tears. Surrounded by confusion? God is not a God of confusion. Don’t just walk with God but talk with Him, listen to Him, etc.

“How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!” (Psalm 128:1)

LITTLE YELLOW BUTTERFLY

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There is a little yellow butterfly that visits my Mexican Petunias every day. Now, it may not be the same butterfly, but I prefer to think it just might be the same one that comes everyday.

You see the petunias have new blooms every morning and those blooms fall off every day. So, every day the little yellow butterfly comes to get the sweet nectar from the new petunia blooms.

It’s a reminder that each day is new every morning with God’s mercy and love, just as Lamentations 3:22b-23a says, “. . . His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. . . “

I remember that TODAY is a NEW DAY that God has given me, and I can do with it centered on me or, better yet, the way God desires for me. I prefer to take this NEW DAY and be aware of who the Lord brings across my path on this NEW DAY, listen to Him and let Him lead me where He wants me to be.

From “A Daily Walk Through Psalm”, “Life is a glorious gift from God. Treat it that way. This day, like every other, is filled to the brim with opportunities, challenges, and choices. Today, you will either place Him at the center of your life – or not. . . . Sometimes, without our even realizing it, we gradually drift away from the ONE we need most. Thankfully, God never drifts away from us. He remains always present, always steadfast, always loving.”

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

yellow butterfly