Sunday, October 21, 2012


The command to “encourage” others is found throughout the Bible. In I Thessalonians chapter 5 Paul gives many specific examples of how we can encourage others.

I Thessalonians 5:11

Build each other up.

“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between, finishing well and collapsing along the way. Look around you. Be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer supportive words or actions.
I Thessalonians 5:12

Respect leaders.

“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.”
Look for ways to encourage and cooperate with your pastor.
I Thessalonians 5:13a

Hold leaders in highest regard.

“And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake, and be at peace among yourselves.”
Express your appreciation, tell them how you have been helped by their leadership and teaching, and thank them for their ministry in your life. If you say nothing, how will they know where you stand? Remember, they need and deserve your support and love.
I Thessalonians 5:13b

Live in Peace

Search for ways to get along with others.
I Thessalonians 5:14

Encourage the timid

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
Encourage those who are timid by reminding them of God’s promises.

Help the weak

Support those who are weak by supporting them and praying for them
Be patient

Think of a situation that tries your patience and plan ahead of time how you can stay calm.

I Thessalonians 5:15

Resist revenge

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men.”
Instead of planning to get even with those who mistreat you, do good to them.

Be joyful

I Thessalonians 5:16

“Rejoice evermore.”

When we do God’s will we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. Remembering that even in the midst of turmoil, God is in control.

Pray continually

I Thessalonians 5:17

“Pray without ceasing.”

We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing His presence within us, and determining to obey Him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times.

Give thanks

I Thessalonians 5:18

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Paul was not teaching that we should thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we should not thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will accomplish through the situation.
Make a list of all the gifts God has given you, giving thanks to God for each one.

Count on God’s constant help
I Thessalonians 5:23

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Realize that Christian life is to be lived not in our own strength but through God’s power.

I pray that I can be an encouragment to others!

This was sent to me by my sweet and dear friend Marie. (This could have been written about her!) Thanks Marie!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beach Road Trip!

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a few days with my mom down at the beach. We both just love the beach, and were so happy to go!
The hotel mom booked was at the end of the Rehoboth boardwalk. It was great, we
could walk right out of the hotel and right on the boardwalk!
Below is the view from our balcony. We left the patio doors open at night
and slept to the sound of the surf!

Below is a pic of the hotel from the beach.

We found this great restaurant - "Big Fish" that caters to
gluten-free diners. Yum!

It rained the first couple of days we were there, but, we didn't let that stop us!
We went around to all the thrift stores in the area and shopped--fun!

Our last day was gorgeous-here is my mom sitting on the beach just relaxing.

Not a lot of people on the beach, but the seagulls kept us company :)

If you look closely at the pic below, you can see on the left a dark spot--a dolphin!
There were lots of them swimming back and forth for hours--we loved it!

I treasure the sweet memories I made there with my mom.
Time is fleeting and short, and you never know what tomorrow holds.
I'm glad we had our "get away"--just laughing, shopping, playing cards...
it was a precious and special time.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Lot Can Happen In a Year...

On this day last year, I had the blood test that revealed that I was very, very sick.
It has been a challenging year, frought with physical illness, financial stress, emotional distress, and 
lots of adjustments.
(And did I mention surgery, CT scan, MRI, countless blood draws, iv's, bone marrow test, colonoscopies, endoscopy and too many dr appointments and specialists to count!?)

However, it has also been a learning time.
A time full of surrender, reflection, prayer, quiet time,
contemplation, and relinquishment.

I have seen that God can take something bad, and make something good out of it.
That our lives are full of His purpose, and plan.
That He doesn't have to explain everything to us--He doesn't need for us to
understand, nor does He need our permission.
He is GOD.

I learned how much I don't know.  That there is much for me to learn.
I have also learned that I am a much weaker  person than I thought I was--we all are.
And that I need God for every single thing--including my next breath.

I have also learned that each day of life is a gift.
This has been a struggle at times-as I often have "down days".
But it is still true!

Every minute needs to be enjoyed and savored.
I no longer take laughter, breezes, rain drops, the smell of cut grass, and
lots of other things for granted.

Am I better?
Well, physically I'm a lot better than I was...
And for that, I am thankful!
Spiritually, well,  I have a long way to go yet. :)

I don't know what the future holds,
but I do know Who holds my future.

Thank you Lord for another day!
Enjoy yours too :)

“Boast not thyself of to morrow;
for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”