Archive for the ‘Encouragement’ Category

Additions to the Christmas List   2 comments

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The pastor’s e-mail this week: 

Dear Church Family: 

I’m sure that most of you are scrambling to complete all of your Christmas tasks. As you work through the list of gifts to give this season, let me suggest a couple of things you might add.

Why not give the gift of mercy?! The dictionary defines mercy as…”compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power…also lenient or compassionate treatment in general.” God knew that we would be so in need of His mercy that He not only extended it to us once for all on the cross, but He also gives us a “fresh dose” of His mercy every day. Who do you know that could use a gift of mercy this Christmas? Don’t wait for them to ask for it. Just give it.

Why not give the gift of affirmation?! Let me provide an example. One of our small groups put together a statement of affirmation for one of their members recently. What an incredible statement of a life well-lived….and he’s still living it!

A Tribute To A Man of God:

This is a man who is gentle and kind, yet bold in sharing his faith.
Failing in eyesight, yet having great insight into God’s Word.
He’s much older in age, yet so young at heart.
A child of God who enjoys God’s unlimited resources.
Patient in time of trouble as he rejoices in the Lord.
When persecuted he continues to trust in the Lord.
Instead of judging others, he accepts and forgives.
Instead of worrying, he turns it over to the Lord in prayer.
This is a man, who enjoys life but says, “The best is yet to come.”
This is a man who radiates God’s love and is loved by God.

For many people in our lives, affirmation is the best gift you could give this year.  I love this quote by Martin Luther. It fits the “spirit” of our discussion this week.

~”I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”~

Posted December 10, 2007 by Lana G! in Christmas, December, Encouragement, Giving, Holiday, Life

Spurgeon   3 comments

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WHOEVER BRINGS BLESSING WILL BE ENRICHED, AND ONE WHO WATERS WILL HIMSELF BE WATERED.
Proverbs 11:25

We are taught here the great lesson that to get, we must give; to accumulate, we must scatter; to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and unused gifts that become apparent by exercise. Our strength for work is even hidden from ourselves until we take our stand and fight the Lord’s battles or climb the mountains of difficulty.

We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others that we gain instruction for ourselves. What gracious lessons some of us have learned in visiting the sick! We went to teach the Scriptures, and we came away blushing that our knowledge of them was so poor. In our conversation with humble saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it, and how much the humble saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Consider the two men in the snow-one massaged the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in doing so kept his own blood circulating and saved his own life. Remember the poor widow who supplied the prophet’s needs from her own meager resources, and from that day she never experienced need again. Give, and it will be given to you-good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

(Reading from Morning & Evening  by Charles H. Spurgeon – Morning August 21)

Posted December 3, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Devotional, Encouragement

The “Teen” Commandments   7 comments

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Posted October 27, 2007 by Lana G! in Challenge, Encouragement, God, Life, Thoughts

Thankful Thursday – Mom & Pop   9 comments

I wanted to participate today in Thankful Thursday to honor my mother and father.  I am so thankful for the joy and love they displayed in our home growing up.  I had the privilege of being brought up in a Christian home with parents who loved the Lord and wanted their children, grandchildren and generations forward to do the same. 

It was not an easy road for my parents. There were plenty of bumps and hazards along the way, yet they trusted and continue to trust the Lord of their highway.  They are in their mid eighties and are still serving and obeying the Lord with every breath they take.  I know when they reach the end of the road, Jesus will welcome them saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servants.” 

I want to be just like them…

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To see more Thankful Thursday Posts head on over to Sting My Heart….

Posted August 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Encouragement, Faith, Family, Life, Russian, Thankful Thursday

A Strong Tower   2 comments

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Posted August 6, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible Verse Photos, Encouragement, Faith, Photo

WFMW – Parenting   3 comments

Today is a special edition of WFMW: The Great Parenting Advice Edition. As Shannon has challenged us, we are to share:

What parenting lessons have you learned the hard way? What would you tell a first-time parent? Save us all some headaches and share!

I would like to share the following Quote:

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Don’t waste your time on idle threats. You will make mistakes.  Its okay to make mistakes.  That’s how your kids will learn to forgive and to ask forgiveness!

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Head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday Parenting Tips!

Psalm 23 for Saturday Evening   5 comments

My brother shared this with us in an e-mail.  I am not sure who Abby’s parents are but I have this to say to them “Blessings on you and your children!”

Encourage your children to memorize scripture!  Surely…

Posted July 14, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Encouragement, Faith, God, Video