Words of Encouragement for the fight, hope for the journey (Take Five)
We all need words of encouragement as we navigate our daily lives. This week’s Take Five includes posts on when God calls us to stop, what to do with our anger, and how to find God in tough times. We also included a powerful modern worship song, because sometimes we all need music to express what our hearts feel. So sit back and enjoy a moment of encouragement with us!
“Did I Really Say That?!” Using Wisdom in Our Words
No matter how you try to rationalize careless words, they hurt. I grew up in a family where words of praise were few but words of criticism were easily given. I promised myself that I would not repeat that pattern with my children. Unfortunately, I found myself falling into the negative pattern of my parents. As I was struggling with controlling my negative tongue...
Our Heavenly Father Gives Good Gifts
No matter how much I may ache for prayers to be answered or circumstances to change, this much is true: we have a heavenly Father who is as creative as he is loving, who made our world with endless tastes, smells, sights and experiences for us to enjoy, and ways for us to find him in the design of a wildflower, the rush of a waterfall or the understanding companionship of a spouse. (Romans 1:20)
Waiting with Joy and Hope in the Advent Season
Waiting can be very difficult, but in the season of Advent, we are reminded to embrace joy and hope as we wait; that Messiah has come and we are redeemed. Let’s show the world a Christmas season of beautiful anticipation, and cling to God’s promises as we celebrate his coming; this time of precious, hopeful, joyous Advent, even as we wait.
How to Let Go of Offense and Anger
I be deeply concerned and proactive about what is wrong in our society, government or the behavior of others but I don't have to become offended or angry over it. God will make all things right, with perfect justice, grace and mercy that I am not capable of.
When Encouragement Comes Full Circle
When we serve without an emotional break, we can easily overload and spill over into a melted mess. The same encouragements we use for others don’t work for us, because we have no energy left to help ourselves. And helping ourselves seems counter-intuitive to our call.