Tag : encouragement
Tag : encouragement
“Lisa’s had lots of experience.” Someone had just complimented my writing skills and another followed it up with a comment inferring I was old, negating the compliment. It’s been a stretch full of jabs like that, both external from other people and internal—punches I’ve thrown at myself.
Maybe you understand what it’s like when it seems like the positive reinforcement has retreated into a back closet.
It’s safe to say we all go through low periods, and when we do, thoughts surface like I have no value. I am unattractive. I am not lovable. When these negative thoughts begin to take over our minds and the downward spirals commence, we need to ask some questions.
What is going on in my life?
Do I have an important “God appointment” on the horizon?
Have I gotten away from my daily spiritual medicine—Worship, the Word of God and Prayer?
In my case, when I go through these downer days, I generally have some important ministry dates on the calendar. The more speaking engagements, the greater the attack. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The enemy of our souls wants to take us off our game so we are ineffective in our calling. His mission is to make us feel so bad about ourselves that we quit, and he’ll often use other people’s comments, or even silence, to bring us down.
We all have an Achilles heel—the place where we are most vulnerable—and he’s locked in on that target. Sometimes those making statements that needle us did not intend to do damage, but the enemy will twist what’s said and the derogatory whispers start: See, they think you’re worthless. You don’t belong. You are old. Why don’t you just hang it up?
When this happens to me, it may take a while, but I eventually realize that what is coming around the corner is going to be powerful. Otherwise, the devil wouldn’t be working so hard. I am going to be used to make a difference, and that when I am feeling weak, I must press into the strength that God provides.
Are you feeling a little south of center today? Then it’s time to get even lower, to your knees, and ask God to encourage you or to send one of His servants to provide a kind word. And while you’re down there, ask Him to help you to think rightly about yourself, and others. Today, I am humbly bowing along with you—seeking help from the One who loves us and provides for all our needs—Jesus. I am praying for both of us to feel an outpouring of His love, and to embrace the truth that we are beautiful daughters of God, as well as valuable to our heavenly Father.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”
Have you ever seen the picture of a cat looking in mirror and seeing a lion?
I used to be that cat but for a while, I did not see the lion. That’s because I suffered from depression. No one chooses to be depressed. I did not want to be down in the dumps, but depression came so fast, I did not know what to do. Life can change in a minute. I thank God that I am totally healed. .
I am reminded of Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” And 2Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receives for God.”
Those are encouraging words from God. We can believe that all things may not be for good but God has promised that it will work out for the good of those who love him. I trusted God’s word and looked to him for healing during my time of depression and guess what? He did heal me.
Today, God is using me as a trained speaker to encourage God’s children about his faithfulness, and to let them know that what he has done for me he can do the same to all who put their hope and trust in Him.
Let me encourage you. I gave myself a gift that I want to share with you and that is “I Refuse to Worry.” This is my personal reminder that I will not walk that road of depression again. Accept that gift from me—Refuse to Worry—and hold onto the word of God in Mathew 6:33-34: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. And when worry starts to creep in, claim Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
May God richly bless you.
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
WOW!!! God delights in you and me. He even sings over us. Isn’t that wonderful?
I pray that you will journey with me to be encouraged to grow into who God says that we are. There are often times in life when we can become overwhelmed, discouraged, or may feel as though we are not good enough for the task at hand. When we have these thoughts, they can lead us down a road that is not God’s will for our life. However, I believe through elevating words and more importantly, the Word of God, we can all find encouragement in the midst of pain, fear, and sorrow. Let’s share these priceless moments with one another.
I am excited to journey with you! My heart is that you will be changed, that you will be encouraged wholeheartedly, and that your inner beauty will be unveiled entirely. I want you to believe your worth is far greater than rubies and that you will fall in love with God completely. I hope you will adore the woman who He’s called you to be and cherish others as you love yourself fully.
But God not only sings over us, he also speaks to us.
A few years ago, I was attending a week-long believers conference. Every night when I got home, I would watch Reflections on Daystar television with scriptures and beautiful sceneries before going to bed. One night, I arrived home refreshed, but tired, and was amazed when I turned on the television and all I saw was “Psalm 138:8” on the screen. I was too tired to pick up my Bible to look up that scripture. I waited, but nothing changed. I went to bed saying to myself, I will check this out in the morning. First thing in the morning I picked up my Bible to search for that reference and it read, The Lord will perfect that which concerns You”… (Psalms 138:8). I was going through a crisis, and needed to hear those words, so I cried. God spoke to me and He can speak to you with words that can change your life, as he did me.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Your past does not dictate your future. Jesus died for your future. You may not know Him very well, child of God, but He knows everything about you. He is familiar with all your ways. He knew you even before you were conceived. He has instructed you in the way you should go and has guided you with His eye. Even though your afflictions and troubles have been many, He has never left you nor forsaken you. Your trials and troubles have been designed to draw you away from the world, and to lead you to a closer walk with Him. They have been designed to make you stronger, more stable, and to equip you to serve Him better.
He wants you to have a strong faith which is tested and proven and brings glory to His name.
Even now He works all things according to His own will to ensure that all things work together for good to you. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” You can also claim, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Do not allow your past to dictate your future and trust that God has your future in His hands. He is ready to rejoice over you, His child, as you fulfill His calling on your life.
Don’t miss our next POP Chat, July 29th on ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.. Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching about “How to Find Your Peace” and Renee Rollins will lead our worship for this beautiful one-hour of fellowship. Here’s the link to sign up: https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z
Today has been a very hard day. In fact the last few days have been very hard, very emotional, and very overwhelming. normally I would label these days as “blue days.” However, I don’t think it’s because I am feeling depressed, due to my chemical imbalance that I have struggled with my whole life; rather, I’m depressed with what is going on all around us. There seems to be a constant strain over communication with pretty much everybody. So because of that I am not going to write a blog. Instead I’m going to share music.
Here are some songs that I hope will bring you hope, strength, faith, and love.
First look up David Dunn’s song Starting Now.
Then look up TobyMac’s song, Move (Keep Walking).
Look up Zack Williams’s song (with Dolly Parton) There Was Jesus.
And just for fun, Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky.
Finally, a simple, straight forward song about love. The Beatles’ All You Need is Love.
My hope is with these songs you have your day brightened, you mood lifted, and your heart opened to what the new day holds. Only God knows each day, but we know HIM, so Everything’s Gonna be Alright. (Yes, I went there with some Bob Marley)