Category Archives: Encouragement

The Secret

I watched a movie a few weeks ago, named The Secret.  A young boy was being bullied by kids in school and in his neighborhood.  His life at home had been unsettling because he thought his mother and father were not getting along.  He felt he could not share his feelings with his mom and dad because he did not want to cause them to worry. 

        In the meantime, his teacher gave an assignment to the class to write a story about someone they admired.  The teacher told them they would be sharing their story at parents’ night. 

        The boy’s grandfather came for a visit, and he sensed something was wrong with his grandson.  The grandfather, in his own quiet way, decided to try and help his grandson.  The boy’s birthday was in a few days.  This incredibly wise grandfather gave his grandson a present of a glass beaker and told him the Secret.  No one knew exactly what he meant by giving him a beaker until the grandson read his story at parents’ night. 

       The story the boy wrote was this: “People argue with each other so much, hold grudges, and say awful things about each other behind each other’s back.  People get bullied.  It hurts.  You can be so upset and so worried that it will never end.  It is like a civil war raging right inside you.  My grandfather gave me this beaker, and he told me to imagine that I am a beaker.  He told me that what you choose to put inside you is who you are.  When you fill your glass with hate and fear, pouring in and worrying about what happened in the past and what could happen in the future, you will probably be miserable.  If you fill your beaker with love and caring, miracles can happen.  That is what my grandfather taught me.  That is the Secret.”

        We could all learn from that Secret.  We could fill our beaker with love and caring, treating others as we would like to be treated.  You might say that you are not able to do that.  You are afraid you will fail.  Failure is not being knocked down.  Failure is in not getting up and trying again. 

            In Jeremiah 8:4, Jeremiah is told: “Say to them, this is what the Lord says: ‘When people fall, do they not get up?  When someone turns away, do they not return?’”

        “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV)

        “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

        It is my prayer that we will take this Secret to heart and learn from it.  The world would be a better place, and those who try would like themselves for at least trying.  And who knows who might be watching and say that they want to be like that.  People are watching even when we may not realize it.

        I leave this blessing for you from Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV): “The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”

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.”

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