Daily Encouragement2019-01-28T17:45:21+00:00


Psalm 23 – With a New Twist

Don’t be afraid
The Lord is your Shepherd
That is why He sent me, the Holy Spirit–here to you.
Because you have gotten lost and He wants to give you directions to get back home.

The Good Shepherd doesn’t ask if you deserve His love
He only asks that you will accept it.
And if you will, He will be your Shepherd…always.

You shall not want for anything that truly matters.
There will be peaceful places where you can rest your Spirit
He will restore your broken soul
And wherever you find yourself–He will be pointing the way
He will pour out so much goodness and mercy…
That it will overflow like a cup held beneath a waterfall…

And if you ask Him…you can dwell on that very mountaintop…
with the Lord forever.

You can walk threw the valleys because there is no evil to fear
For only the shadow of death lingers there.
Death itself has no power.

That is why He has prepared for you a table in the presence of your enemies,
Because there is nothing to be afraid of.

And it is at such a table, where you can sit and reason together.
He will lead you in the path of righteousness…

Will you follow?

God always wants the truth to be told.
Be willing to stand up and do the right thing.
Just call up to the mountain top where your help comes from…
and ask Him for directions.

By |November 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Psalm 23 – With a New Twist

The Real Thing

“God, I do not ask that You make my life easy; I do ask that you make me strong”

(From a note found in the rubble of a town in Poland. After it was bombed by the Nazis)

Everyone copes with tragedy in their own way. However, I think it is fair to say that tragedy has a way of purging us. It forces us to empty ourselves, and then it forces us to seek. In the end, tragedy changes us. It challenges us to examine what we believe and why we believe it. It separates us from “easy believe-ism” and compels us to seek after the “real thing.”  A real and powerful relationship with the living  Jesus. Because, only the “real thing” will get us through.

Tragedy leaves us feeling stunned and desperate.  Often, we are truly powerless. We may feel fearful or filled with sorrow.  As a result, we need to be able to draw close to Him. Daily, our soul will need that deep and intimate encounter with Him, so He can be our shelter in the storm. Then we can learn how to overcome the obstacles in our path. This pursuit of Him keeps our eyes fixed on Him, and our ears eager to hear His words.  We hold His hand tightly, so we can walk beside Him obediently.  In doing so, He comforts us. He teaches us to be brave. He molds and shapes us, so He can use us.  In doing so, He makes us strong.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
He knows what to do, even when you have no idea what to do.
He is not lost, even though you feel lost.
All is not hopeless, even though you may feel hopeless.
He knows the way through, even though you cannot even imagine a way.
He holds the lamp, and you hold His hand.

Be encouraged today to lift your head up–and seek Him.

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Real Thing