Be Encouraged

Hello, my friends! Happy Tuesday!

I tried desperately to create something meaningful for the letter E. Words like everything and energy and names like Eve and Esther were tossed about in my mind like raffle tickets in an over-sized drum. The spinning in my head only served to make me a bit discouraged and probably a little dizzy, too.

Then I heard the phrase “be encouraged”. Those two words are the title to an old gospel song I used to love. After all these years, hearing the song still gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and a melodic assurance that God is in control. Let me tell you, I need both of those these days. It may be a long shot, but I’m guessing that if I need to be encouraged someone else out there may need to be encouraged, as well.

So instead of stressing over the fact that I can’t spring forth witty words and fancy phrases today, I’m going to go with what seemed to come to mind naturally.

Be encouraged today, my friends. See you tomorrow.

Completely me,

 

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My Daily Devotion

I woke up around 7am, this morning, and began my normal time of devotion.  My daily devotion time normally includes God’s word, my journal, and prayer – not necessarily in that order.  Actually, what I enjoy most is the fact that either of these three items may spill out differently on any given day.

For example, this morning appeared fairly routine at first.  I started off in my journal, then I moved to read a chapter in Proverbs.  I try to read the chapter that corresponds with the date, so today I read chapter 12.  I completed the chapter and was about to read it again when I heard,  “Monica, write down the promises, the truths from this chapter in Proverbs.”  Hmm…  Ok, why not!

I was so encouraged as I wrote that I immediately knew I must share them with you:

v. 2:  A good man obtains favor of the Lord.

v. 3:  The root of righteousness shall not be moved.

v. 4:  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.

v. 6:  The mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

v. 7:  The house of the righteous shall stand.

v. 11:  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread.

v. 12:  The root of righteous yields fruit.

v. 13:  The just come out of trouble.

v. 14:  The recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

v. 19:  The lip of truth shall be established forever.

v. 21:  There shall no evil happen to the just.

V.22:  They that deal truly are the Lord’s delight.

v. 24:  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule.

v. 25:  A good word makes a man’s heart glad.

v.28 (the chapter’s last verse and quite a culmination, I might add):  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

These words were like an energy drink for me this morning, and I hope they encourage you just as much!

P.S.  Make sure you share any promises of  Proverbs Chapter 12 that I may have overlooked. 😉

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