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Monday’s Verse, 11/2/20

“The Lord is my strength and shield.
    I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
    I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 11/1/20

“How great is the goodness
    you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
    blessing them before the watching world.” Psalm 31:19 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

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10 Ways to Encourage Others Through Your Blog

The Bible says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) But how do we do that?

I know many bloggers whose primary goal is to encourage others by sharing Jesus. This is a wonderful thing! And we want to get better and better at doing just that. So let’s look at some ways we can accomplish that goal through blogging.

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#1. Share a personal experience. Everyone loves a personal story. Nothing is more inspiring than reading about how someone else achieved their goal despite hardship and problems along the way.

#2. Share someone else’s story. You may read about someone’s experiences in a book or article and then share that account in your own blog. Be careful to give credit where credit is due.

#3. Share encouraging Bible verses. (Google can be very helpful.)

#4. Share your journey. What has God taught you that you might share to build others up?

#5. Look for Bible characters who were encouragers and tell their story. Some examples are, Mordecai in the book of Esther, Barnabas in the New Testament, Aaron and Hur encouraged Moses during Israel’s battles in Exodus, and Elizabeth was an encouragement to Jesus’ mother, Mary.

#6. As you study your Bible, look for more examples of godly encouragement.

#7. Relate the results of godly encouragement from the Bible. What were the results of Barnabas’ encouragement? What were the results of Mordecai’s encouragement? Was it important that God put those encouragers in place? What might have happened without their support?

#8. Relate a time when you were desperate for God to help you and He provided strength, encouragement, or comfort.

#9. Encourage your fellow bloggers by liking and commenting on their posts. I have developed blogger friends over the last three years that I sincerely care about and pray for. Nothing is more encouraging to a blogger than reading in their comments these words: “I needed that!” or “Excellent post!”

#10. Last, but not least, PRAY FOR YOUR READERS!

Verses of Encouragement

Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 37:23-24 “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

An Example from the Movies: The King’s Speech

The 2010 movie The King’s Speech tells the story of England’s King George VI, who unexpectedly became monarch when his brother abandoned the throne. With the country on the brink of World War II, government officials wanted a well-spoken leader because of the increasingly influential role of radio. King George VI, however, struggled with a stuttering problem.

Throughout his struggle to overcome his speech difficulty, his wife, Elizabeth was his constant source of encouragement. Her steadfast devotion provided the support he needed to overcome his challenge and rule well during the war.*

You can be an encourager like Barnabas! Your encouragement can make the difference in someone’s life! Who encouraged you? How did they make a difference in your life?

With Love,

Cindy

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*Our Daily Bread https://odb.org/2018/09/22/blessing-of-encouragers/

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Friday’s Verse, 10/30/20

His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction.  Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” Lamentations 3:22-23 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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A Verse for Meditation, Thursday, 10/29/20

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Quote of the Week, 10/28/20

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

With Love,

Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 10/27/20

“For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 10/26/20

“Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:5 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/25/20

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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How Do I Know When God Is Disciplining Me?

We hear a lot about God’s discipline, but do we recognize His discipline in our own lives? When I thought about this, I had to admit that I didn’t really know when He was disciplining me. (Was that God’s discipline, or just the consequences of my actions?)

After studying God’s word and seeking to understand, I have come to the conclusion that God is always disciplining us. If we are walking with God, if we are submitted to him each and every day, then He will discipline us all through our journey while here on Earth.

It isn’t necessary to identify what is and what isn’t God’s discipline as long as I ask Him, “Is there something I should learn from this experience?”

I began to dig in the Word and this is what I found:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Hebrews 12:5-6 NIV

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!  They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7-11 NIV

The writer of Hebrews says, “Endure hardship as discipline.” (verse 7)

When we experience hardship in our lives, we have the opportunity to grow spiritually. Isn’t that true? While enduring hardship, we look to the Lord for strength, wisdom, and answers to prayer.

According to dictionary.com a synonym for discipline is development. Isn’t that what God does in our life? He develops us to become more and more like Christ. As we go through life, the circumstances, decisions, and trials we experience greatly effect our development. Depending on how we react to these events, we will either grow spiritually or lose ground.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

As we walk with God every day, reading our Bible and faithful in prayer, we can rest assured that He is intimately involved in our life, disciplining us, renewing our minds, and preparing us for His purpose.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

We know that hardship is not the only way we receive discipline because God’s uses His Word to train us, too.

And don’t forget this promise:

Are you [actually] unaware or ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness leads you to repentance [that is, to change your inner self, your old way of thinking—seek His purpose for your life]?” Romans 2:4 AMP

Yes, God’s kindness and love is also a means by which He trains and disciplines us. Have you ever recognized your need to repent due to a kindness expressed to you?

I can remember a time when, in my mind, I was judging someone harshly. That person walked up to me and gave me a hug and said, “I love you!” The result was that I immediately repented and that was the end of that. God used kindness to bring me to repentance.

God’s hand of discipline may be on us not simply to spank us because we have been bad, but to stretch us and broaden us in what we are doing well.”  

John Piper

Here are some interesting facts about discipline:

  1. It may not be pleasant at the time, but discipline produces righteousness and peace in our life. (“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 NIV)
  2. It is a blessing to be disciplined. (“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” Job 5:17 NIV)
  3. Your decision to heed correction affects others. (“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17 NIV)
  4. Heeding the Lord’s discipline will make you wise. (“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20 NIV)

With Love,

Cindy

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