Sunday, April 12, 2009

An Encouraging Word and A Song for You

by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

An Encouraging Word

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

I once was speaking to a group of several hundred singles, and I asked, "How many of you grew up in homes where you were told you were great?" Perhaps a dozen raised their hands. The rest of these young adults remembered words of criticism from their parents more than they remembered encouragement.
When was the last time you pondered on how to encourage those in your family? If you want your mate to live a godly life...if you would like to see your children grow up to love the Lord and walk with Him, then you need to make encouragement a part of your daily vocabulary.
I remember watching a PBS special in which Daniel Boorstein, then the Librarian of Congress, brought out a little blue box that contained the contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated. Among the contents were found several news clippings applauding Lincoln's leadership and great deeds. It's easy to forget that when Lincoln lived millions of people hated him, and he needed encouragement like anyone else.
All of us have an encouragement meter that is near empty at times. In fact, has anybody ever been encouraged too much? Have you ever felt too appreciated?
I've got a challenge for you. Spend some time thinking of five good things about each member of your family. Begin writing them here, and use additional paper as needed.
1.1.1.
2.2.2.
3.3.3.
4.4.4.
5.5.5.
Now, commit yourself to finding time to encourage each family member in these areas during the next week. Spend more time encouraging than criticizing.
Be warned though, do not wait for somebody to praise you. Someone once said, "You can sometimes catch a terrible chill waiting for someone else to cover you with glory."

Prayer:
That God would cement good qualities in each family member through your encouragement.

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YOU ARE A GLORIOUS CREATION OF OUR FATHER, my dear friend!

If you are thinking right now that you are a mistake, you are not. Your life is not an accident. GOD CREATED YOU FOR A PURPOSE - to live a life of worship and to please HIMSELF! You might ask, "Please HIMSELF?" Yes because HE loves you so much and HE is all about you! HE is pleased even just by seeing you! HE loves all HIS Creations. No one is exempted with that GREAT LOVE!

There are 2 Ways you will be remembered:
1.) when you encourage
2.) when you discourage

The question is...how do you want to be remembered???

Make an impact. Make a difference. Make a ripple. Tip the scale. Be a blessing. Be different.

ALL THE GLORY BELONGS TO GOD ALONE!!!

P.U.S.H.

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD!!!

GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU - NO MATTER WHAT!

When you feel GOD's love, OVERFLOW!

2 comments:

Karen said...

Good devotional! I subscribe to that newsletter and enjoy the daily readings.

I liked what you said "There are 2 Ways you will be remembered:
1.) when you encourage
2.) when you discourage"
.
I have a saying on the wall over my desk that is similar..
"People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget how you made them feel".

Faith in Writing said...

This is such a great post -and a great song!!