Encouraging the Encouragers


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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:11

Good morning my fellow bloggers!

Sssshhhhhh, do not tell anyone, but today, this blog is just for you. ( We will be nice though, and share it with everyone else.)

Do you ever get tired?

Do you ever run out of things to say?

Do you sit down to write and all you hear are the chirping crickets?

Surely I am not the only one who has ever had this happen.

Today I want to take a minute and encourage those who spend their time encouraging others.

First, let me just say, “Great job!” I sit down from time to time and look through some of the blogs that you have posted and I am amazed at the work that I see God doing. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a great group of fellow believers.

Next, I just wanted to take a quick minute and offer some encouragement to you, the writer of this great material. I know how hard it can be when life gets crazy, or when unexpected things happen, to find the inspiration to write. We have to remember that we are not in this alone. If you are a Christian and you feel that you have been called by God to share His word, then you have His blessing. God will give you the words to say, even when you feel like you have nothing left to give.

Remember, you have no idea who will read what you post from day to day, and you have no idea how God will take that and use it for His honor and glory. There will be people who read what God gives to you, and will say to themselves, “That was just for me.” God is amazing in that way.

I pray that we will all remain faithful to our callings. I pray that we remember why we started writing in the first place, whether it be to inform,  to encourage, or to inspire.

In closing, let me just say kudos to each and every one of you who work every day to share the word of God with the world around us. I look forward to what the future holds for each of us, and I look forward to sharing many more memories with you in the future.

God bless each and every one of you this morning.

In Christ,

Valarie

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Creating a Safe Place for our Children


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“But Jesus said,

‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them,

for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14

Life should be like Chuck E. Cheese: A place where a kid can be a kid.

This was a quote from my eleven year old as we sat and had one of our many mother/son visits.

I have been blessed with two sons, the oldest of which is just now getting to the age where life is caught between childhood and adolescence. I try from time to time to sit down with both of my sons and connect on their level. I want to raise my children to understand that they are free to talk to me and ask me questions. I believe that if we start this now while they are still young, that we will be able to continue it throughout their lives.

There are things in this world that I wish my children never had to know about. There are evils in this world that I can protect my children from, but there are also things which I can only prepare them to handle.

As we sat down to visit, I told my boys, ” There are things in this world that I wish you never had to learn about. The world should be a place where…” as I paused in an attempt to find my wording, my oldest son looked at me and said, ” Where a kid can be a kid, like at Chuck E. Cheese?”

Imagine the look on my face as I came to the realization that at just eleven years old, my son understood exactly what I was trying to say.

We went on with our conversation and discussed why the world did not carry the same motto as Chuck E. Cheese, and why they had to be careful as they grew. We discussed some of the evils of this world that I had realized I would not be able to protect them from and the best way for them to handle these situations.

After my boys had gone on to play, I was doing my motherly duties around the house and that simple little phrase from such an innocent source kept coming back to my mind.

The world should be a place where ” A kid can be a kid,” but the sad truth is that we are raising our children in a world where that has been made almost impossible. These days, our children are faced with so much more than even I was at their age.

Parents, I want to encourage you today. Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents, this is for you as well.

Our children need us. They need us to teach them about the world, not by the world’s standards, but by God’s standards.

Too many times the children of today are left raising each other. They are raised by the radio, the television, the video games. Please understand, I am not saying any of these things are wrong, but they can not take the place of Godly parents and the influence that God intended for us to have on our children.

We have been called by God to make our homes a place where ” A kid can be a kid.” Our homes should be a place where they can come in, shut the door, and lock the world outside.

It breaks my heart when I think about the children that are being left to raise themselves.

Our daughters are being taught that you have to dress a certain way, or be a certain size or have particular shape if you want to be popular and accepted in this world. They are not being taught to respect their own bodies and to demand that same respect from those around them.

Our sons are being taught that you are only cool if you dress this way, or look that way. They are being taught that respecting women is a thing of the past.

Children are being faced with things such as sex, drugs, and pornography long before their brains can even comprehend it.

Sadly, our children are being asked to grow up in a grown-up world where things exist and go on every day that they should not even have to know about for many years to come.

Growing Into Godly Women


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“She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:26-30

I enjoy reading all of Proverbs, but my favorite chapter to read is Chapter 31. We often hear people make the reference: A Proverbs 31 woman.

I can remember the time I read this chapter and actually understood what it was talking about. I can remember thinking to myself, “Who could live up to that?” The lady being described in this chapter was almost too good to be true.

It is easy to look at these verses and feel intimidated, but I do not believe that is what God would have for us. I believe that everything in God’s word is meant to teach, inspire, and challenge.

As I have grown in Christ and matured as a mother and a wife, I look at these verses much differently than I did before.

As a wife, I understand the verse that tell us:

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,

so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

As a Godly wife, I take this as an example by which to model my life. I want to know that my husband trusts me and that he  feels safe and loved.

As a mother, I understand verse 26 that reads:

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom;

and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

I have learned to embrace this verse and to take it as a challenge for myself. As a mother of three small children, it is not always easy to have a gentle tongue. There are times when kindness should be spoken, but instead hurtful, angry words come .I want to let this verse challenge me to control my tongue and speak with kindness. As a mother, I want to have the wisdom to encourage my children when they need it, to be able to discipline them in a Godly way, and to be able to guide them as they grow.

My encouragement for you today is this:

When you read these verses, no matter young or old, mother or grandmother, aunt or sister, please do not be intimidated or discouraged. Be encouraged. Be challenged. Take these verses as a tool by which to learn and grow.

I believe that if it is written in God’s word, it is attainable.

Let us, as daughters of the King, develop the traits of a Proverbs 31 woman together.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Motivational Monday: Count it all Joy


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” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

James 1:2

I thought Monday would be a good day to talk about patience. We have all heard the cliché “Mondays are bad days.”  What is it about a Monday that makes it seem so much harder than other days? Whatever your reasoning behind this phrase, I want to take a minute this morning to encourage you, and try to start your Monday off right.

Do you ever find it hard to be joyful? Do you find that you lack patience from time to time?

I believe that we are all guilty of this.

It is easy to be joyful when everything is going right. When all the bills are paid and there is still money left over, or when we are looking for a pen in the cup holder and find that couple of dollars we forgot was there, these are just a couple of examples of times when it is easy to be joyful. Patience is not really an issue here. Life is peaceful and free from any worries.

But…

What about the times when things are not going so well: when the car breaks down, or the air conditioner goes out? What if you lock your keys in your car for the second time that week? Those are the times when it feels like our faith is being tested to the max. Where do we find joy then? It is a lot harder to be joyful then, is it not?

The Scripture we looked at this morning says that we should count it ALL joy when we fall into divers temptations.

So how do we do that?

The most important thing I have learned to do is: replace worry with prayer . James 1:5 tells us:

“If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.”
 
I have found in my own life that if I do not understand a situation, instead of fretting and worrying, instead of letting the devil steal my joy, I pray. I have been amazed at the peace that comes from taking my burden to the Lord, laying it at His feet and leaving it there.
 
 
I believe the next thing we need to do is: count our blessings. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads:

“Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I know it seems difficult to be thankful when things are not going like we think they should, but it works. I have had to learn to do this on a daily basis. I believe if we can learn to count our blessings we will discover that they greatly outnumber our problems.

 

And the last thing I think we need to do is: Trust. We are told in Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.”

I believe that when we learn to place our faith in God rather than our own circumstances we will find that being joyful even in the midst of conflict is easier to accomplish.

 

I pray these words will encourage you today. If you find yourself struggling this week, think back on these words. Hide these Scriptures in your heart, so that you may lean on them when trials come your way.

~ Remember: God will never allow you to face a situation for which He does not already have a plan.~ It is up to us to pray, be thankful, and trust.

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A Little Encouragement


 

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“Is anyone among you suffering?

Let him pray.

Is anyone cheerful?

Let him sing praise.”

James 5:13

 

Hi Friend,

I just wanted to take a minute this evening and offer a word or two of encouragement to your heart.

You are special. Do you know that? I hope that you do. The devil will try to make you believe differently. He will lie to you and tell you that you are just like everyone else in this world. Remember what our Heavenly Father has said:

 

“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Matthew 10:30

 

You are loved. You are not only loved by those around you, but most importantly, you are loved by God. 1 John 3:1 tells us:

 

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us,

that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

You have a reason to hope. There will be times when life will get you down, and before you know it, that hopeless feeling will creep into your heart. I pray that you will remember this verse when that day comes:

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13

 

You have a purpose. I pray today that you will never forget what you have been called to do. Matthew 28:19 tells us:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

I pray that as you read this today you will find comfort and encouragement in these words. I pray that when the devil comes and tries to trick you with his lies you will claim these verses as your own.

  ~Remember: You are special, you are loved, you have a reason to hope, and you have a purpose. ~