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Encouraging Words Devotional

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Here’s How God Cares

You’ve probably heard the saying, “People don’t care how much you know--until they know how much you care.” It’s true, isn’t it.


The Best Way To Work

In his painting “The Helping Hand,” French artist Emile Renouf portrays an old fisherman seated in his rowboat with a little girl next to him. Both the old man and small child have their hands on the large oar as they make their way across the water. From the look on the little girl’s face, you can see that she is intense in her efforts to help him row the boat, although, of course, it is really his strong arms that are doing the work.


The Committee That Lives In Your Head

Jan Johnson says for a long period of time she was plagued by what she calls “the committee that lives in my head.” She said there were four people on the committee, and in her thoughts they were continually harassing her.


Thanks For Our Daily Bread

Before we began eating our meal together, my Dad bowed his head. I can still hear his deep voice as he prayed, For things we like to eat, Thy loving gift of food, We thank Thee, Lord, today, For Thou art kind and good. Amen.[i] [i] Mary Alice Jones, Editor, Prayers for Little Children (Chicago, IL: Rand McNally Company, 1937), 59.


When You Face A Move

Some of us cope well with change, and some of us don’t. For some people a move is an exciting challenge; they can hardly wait to see what is around the next corner. For others, moving to a new location is a frightening experience tearing them loose from all that is familiar and secure.


The Best Way To Help Your Teen

When my husband does a seminar called “Ten Commandments for Parents of Teens,” I have often heard him say that what your teens want and what you, their parents, want for them is not the same thing. What your teens want more than anything else is independence—that is, the right to make their own decisions. On the other hand, what you want for your teens is maturity—the ability to make the right decisions.


My Will— Or God’s?

Our oldest grandson was just a toddler when that evening our daughter called him to come to the table for dinner. She was taken aback when she heard him say, “No, Mommy, I’m not going to come. I’m going to play now.” As you can well imagine, that day he learned the meaning of the scripture verse that says, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20).


On Being Stuck In Pain

Is your life right now a “bed of roses” free of all problems? “Are you kidding?” I can hear you say. “Right now I can’t even remember what a rose smells like!”


You’ve Got Talent!

I used to wonder how much I should compliment my kids as they were growing up. After all, I didn’t want them to get the big-head and think they’re better than they are. On the other hand, how are our kids they going to know they’re good at something unless we tell them? They need to know we believe in them and believe they’re going to survive the struggles they go through as they pursue their dreams.


Do You Have A Broken Heart?

In her book The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp tells about the time her daughter Shalom came to her, paper heart in one hand and a roll of clear tape in the other. Tapping her chest, Shalom observed, “We need to tape hearts right to us, Mama….So we always know His love’s around us everywhere.” The words struck a note in Ann’s mind. She writes: “If only we could all wear a heart right across the center of us so there was always this knowing: God has not forgotten you. God has not abandoned...


What Is Your Dream?

If you are between the ages of 22 and 37, society has labeled you a millennial. Do you hate being called that? I understand your feelings. “Business Insider” says that most people over 40 tend to clump all millennials together as “spoiled, lazy, selfish, obsessed with technology, superficial, indecisive, [and] disrespectful.”[1] No wonder you hate the title. [1] “Business Insider,” https://www.businessinsider.com/why-i-refuse-millennial-label-2018-5, accessed 6-30-19.


He Is God Of All

Many times in the Bible, God calls Himself the “God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” I can understand why He called Himself the God of Abraham, because Abraham was a man of faith. I’m also not surprised He called Himself the God of Isaac, because Isaac was obedient—even when it nearly meant his death!


How To Live Given

Near the end of her book The Broken Way, author Ann Voskamp leaves her readers with a challenging thought in just two words: live given.[i] She encourages us to change our attitude toward the circumstances in life that make demands on us. Most of us have a rough idea what we think we’re going to do each day. But often when needs and interruptions crop up unexpectedly during our day, we grow resentful. We tend to feel that others are “taking” from us. Yes, we tend to “live taken” instead of...


You’ll Learn!

Her baby was just two weeks old when missionary doctor Margaret Brand received a note from Dr. Carol Jameson, director of the Vellore, India hospital.


Feed On His Faithfulness

There’s a verse in Psalm 32 that says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (NKJV). “Feed on His faithfulness!” I like that phrase. It infers that all our needs will be met because God is faithful to His promises.


Are You Sure You’re Going To Heaven?

I wouldn’t want you to read or listen to Encouraging Words and not know how to be sure you’re going to heaven when you die. It’s just too important a matter not to know for sure. Your eternal future depends on whether you have a personal relationship with Jesus, because that relationship determines where you will spend eternity. So, this devotional is dedicated entirely to just that one thought: do you know for sure that you have a personal relationship with Jesus?


Here’s What Grace Looks Like

Mephibosheth—what a long and unusual name! It would be hard to print his name on the back of a basketball uniform! Mephibosheth was the five-year-old grandson of King Saul, the first king of Israel.


Get Outside And Be Renewed!

I’ve found a cure for the blues. Well, it works for me, anyway, and maybe it would work for you. It’s very simple—just get outdoors and take a look at what God has made.


God Is Bigger Than Your Problem

Scientists recently discovered in space the largest ball of hot gas that has yet been found. “The size and velocity are truly fantastic,” says one of the physicists who discovered it.


Here’s A Special Promise For Single Moms

Robert Fulghum says, “Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Yes, like it or not, what we moms do is a pattern that our kids tend to follow. From us they are learning skills for their own lives. So, Paul’s words speak loudly to us when he says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good” (Titus 2:7).