Archive for Encouragement

Mar
12

Turn into the Sunlight

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daffodils in snow

 

I can never quite embrace what others describe as the ‘beauty of winter’. Winter and I are not the best of friends.  I simply endure winter.  I can enjoy the beauty of an occasional snow here in North Alabama, but mostly I just try not to think of how long winter seems and just gather my strength for one more day of it until it ends.

 My daughter and some of my friends actually enjoy winter. They love the snuggle-in-feeling that comes with the dark and foggy days. Visions of hot chocolate, comfort foods, and long talks with friends and family dance in their heads.

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Jan
24

One Too Many Disappointments

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disappointedTo live is to experience disappointment.  Some disappointment is quickly forgotten, like a bump in the road. Others plunge us into despair and hopelessness, paralyzing our hearts with complacency and indifference.

For some, the despair comes from one major disappointment. For others, it comes as a result of a long series of unmet expectations and unfulfilled promises.

When life deals one too many disappointments, the natural response is to protect oneself by building walls around your heart as if to vow, “I’ll never be hurt again.” Such a vow guarantees a life of less thans. Less than joy. Less than passion. Less than fully alive. A life supposedly restricted from the depths of pain is also a life restricted from the depths of love.

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1.  Purposefully showed up when I was preaching and/or teaching.

2.     2.  Read my blog.

3.     3.  Loved me just as I am, and at the same time….

4.     4.  Encouraged me to keep changing and growing and be everything God has destined for me.

5.     5.  Consistently supported me with their love, financial support, smiles, words of encouragement, and by loving my husband and my kids      and my granddaughter.

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Oct
16

Do You Feel Invisible to God?

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God doesn’t simply like you. He loves you. His love for you is unlimited and inextinguishable. He persistently pursues you with a purposeful, passionate heart.

Were you stirred inside by those words? Or did you feel completely disconnected from their truth? Or perhaps you thought, “Well, yeah, I know that,” and you assented to the words on a mental level but not a heart level?

Is it important that our knowing of God’s love move from simple mental assent into a transformational experiential knowing of His love?

You’ve probably already answered that with a “yes”, but are you aware of the transformational work of God’s love in your life? Can you name where He is changing your heart?

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Jul
30

The Starting Point

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wounded healerSometimes the processes of our lives could be best represented by a circle. We start at a certain point, sure that we have all the answers, cocky, self-assured, ready to conquer the world and move aside all the poor fools who have so much less understanding than we do. However, life with its hard knocks and deep valleys, has a way of enlightening us and leveling the ground of our self-importance. We often find that we weren’t quite as “right” as we first thought. We come full circle and learn to see the wisdom in some of the ones who have gone before us in this journey called life. We experience hurt and pain. We are wounded.

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