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Encouragement Recap Week of Jan 15

Commemorating MLK

As we commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr I cannot help but think of how he used his vocation as a Baptist Minister to be one of the greatest change agents in American history. He said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. That sounds like Proverbs 31:8-9, Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. He was greatly criticized but refused to be bound by hate and said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. He knew that from Romans 12:18, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Hold Your Peace

  

Have you ever read a verse of scripture and it stopped you dead in your tracks? That’s what Pro. 12: 20 did to me. It says, Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; [but] joy fills hearts that are planning peace! How do we plot evil? When we say things like, “I’m going to give them a peace of my mind.” I am going to curse them out. And I am going to Go OFF!!! When we take this mindset get ready for chaos. However, We can avoid strife by remembering Prov. 15:1  that says, A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. And James 1:19-20, that says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, which does not produce the righteousness that God desires.Listen to audio  here.

Mirror

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Talk Too Much

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Blame

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Encouragement Recap Week of Jan 8

Beauty

  

It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder which means it is subjective to the one looking at it. Have you subjected yourself to negative words lately and comparing yourself to others? Are your sentences filled with I can’t; I’m Not; and I don’t have, instead of I CAN; I AM, AND I WILL! Let me tell you something! You may have made mistakes in your life but YOU are not one. It’s time that you stop agreeing with the negative thoughts that come to your mind and agree with the word of God. Do like David did in Psalm 139:14 and say, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Another translation says, “Thank you for making me wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it!

White Bread

  

My Great-grandmother used to say, “Child, stop crying with a loaf of bread under your arms.” I was too busy looking at what I didn’t have instead of thanking God for what I did have and putting what I had to use. When we focus on all that is wrong with something rather it is with people; OR in our city; state or nation we leave possibilities and potential of what it could be on the table. Matt. 25:15 says, "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability. Everyone has something that they can make use of. Martin Luther King said, If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Better

  

I often think of my ancestors and those who overcame extreme hardships of slavery and unjust treatment. Yet they persevered and overcame. When you are the object of unjust treatment you have to be very careful. Instead of becoming bitter You must become BETTER! So that you want become like your oppressor filled with prejudice, hate, rage and anger. These things suffocate your ability to be creative and to love. Harriet Tubman a former slave and the conductor of the “Underground Railroad” said, “I grew up like a neglected weed, ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.” Harriet Tubman didn’t know anything about freedom. But believed--that she could be. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and remaining a victim, she got up, freed herself and helped to Free others.

Perspective

  

Little things can make a big difference. That is why having the right perspective is essential. Perspective is most evident by what we say. What we say-- and think is then preceded by our actions. A few years ago a friend of my mind was contemplating going back to school. She said, “I’m 51 and it’s going to take me 4 years to finish and then I’ll be 55.” Then I said, “If you don’t do it you will still turn 55, but without the degree that YOU wanted.” Well those four years have passed and she got that degree; An increase in pay and inspired her family members. The words that I spoke to my friend triggered something in her mind, caused her to gain a new perspective and believe in herself. She already had the ability. It only needed to be activated. 

Whatever

A myth is an invented story, an unproved false belief that is used to justify something. One myth that I want to dispel is that you are toooo whatever. Too poor, too unknown, too old or even too young. These myths only stop you from being and becoming your best. On the contrary, be INSPIRED by people who didn’t believe the hype of the myths, like Phillis Wheatley who arrived in Boston in 1751 on a slave ship, she wrote and published her first poem at age 13, and was the first African American to do so. At age 40 Madam C.J. Walker launched her line of black hair care products; at age 75 Cancer survivor Babara Hillary was the first African American woman to reach the North Pole and at age 95, Nola Ochs become the oldest person to receive a college diploma. 

Encouragement Recap Week of Jan 1

Healing

  

As a child I loved to hear stories from the Bible where Jesus turned water into wine, opened blind eyes and caused the cripple to walk. How amazing! Like a child many of us are still in awe of the miracles that Jesus did. These stories show that he was moved with compassion when saw people tired, weary and sick. He would make provision and heal them of their disease. Thankfully, He is the same God yesterday today and forever. Are you tired? Are you sick? If so, what he did then is for you today.  Isaiah 53:4-5, is for you. Surely he took up your pain and bore your suffering, … he was wounded for your transgressions, he was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon hi. And with his stripes you are healed. Listen to audio here.

Looking Ahead

  

It’s a New Year! And “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” What I’m asking is, “What are you determined to do this year --that you have not been able to do before? Being determined means that you have decided; you are settled; you are resolved, firm in your purpose and intent. If that is true, why do so many of our New Year’s Resolution fail? One reason is, we spend too much time looking back. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13 says, “One thing I do, I forget those things, which are behind and reach forward to those things, which are ahead.” So whatever positive resolution you make. LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the only time you look back, is to see how far you have come. Listen to audio here.

Encourage Yourself

  

You’ve heard the saying that one good turn deserves another. That is especially handy when it’s your turn to receive. Unfortunately, life is not always fair and there may have been times when you have been there for others to pray, fast, give, serve, cook and clean and during your time of need it seems like know one is around. You hear crickets but not people. During seasons like this we must be careful not to past blame. But use the season as an opportunity to trust God and discover biblical self-help as is described in 1 Samuel 30:6 when David was going through a very difficult time. The word says He was greatly distressed. BUT David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. Key phrase, “in the Lord.” So let’s be like David, Don’t wait until the battle or trial is over. Shout Now! Listen to audio here.

Emotional Intelligence

  

I’m sure you have heard of IQ, Intelligent quotient, which is derived from test that scores human intelligence. But have you heard of EQ--Emotional Quotient aka EI--Emotional Intelligence, which is the ability to recognize, evaluate and regulate your own emotions. It scores your emotional strength. Did you know that you could have a high IQ and a low EQ, where your emotions get the best of you and cause you to make poor decisions and mistreat yourself and others? Today there’s an app for everything! But not for that--- Fixing your emotions is a case for Jesus. Where we have to APPly his word by forgiving those who have hurt us in the past. God wants us to be whole in every area of our lives. 3John 1:2 says, Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Words

Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back? Who ever said sticks and stones will break my bones and words will never hurt me - was wrong. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up. Sometimes out of frustration we say things and hurt others. In a survey that asked people who were at the end of their lives, “What did they regret not doing the most?” The answer in the top three was, Not cultivating relationships and saying that they were sorry. Thankfully it’s not too late for us. Matt 5:23-24 says, If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; Then come and offer your gift.  Listen to audio here.

Encouragement Recap Week of 12/25

FAITH

  

Have you ever named it, claimed it and walked around it seven times and still no results? Don’t feel bad, I have too. Then one day I said, Lord I did everything they said to do. He said, “That’s your problem you did everything that, they said. After that, I realized that walking by faith is not a formula. It is a correlating action that relates to what you’re hoping for. James 2:15-17 gives this example, Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead. So get busy and put your faith to work. Listen to audio here.

OPEN UP

Have you ever felt that God did not have time for you? That he was too busy dealing with bigger issues in the world other than yours? Satan wants us to think that God does not care. Oh, he’s such a liar. The truth is, God loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die for your sins. And If that wasn’t enough, In Revelation 3:20,  He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”So, ask yourself, “Would a person who didn’t have time for me be knocking at my door? I don’t think so. Let’s not make him wait any longer. Open up your situation to Jesus. Nothing is too hard for God.  Listen to audio hear.

SOAR

Have you ever wished that you could take wings like a bird and fly away and leave your troubles behind? Well you can. Isaiah 40:29 &31 says, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. When storms arise, unlike other birds, who fly away. The eagle uses the wind of the storm to rise higher in a matter of seconds. They use the pressure of the storm to soar without using their own energy. So, the next time you feel like your situation is too much, take the flight called hope, cast your troubles and all of cares upon the Lord because he cares for you. Listen to audio here.

Way Out

Have you ever thought you knew where you were going only to wind up in a dead end?  And the only way out was to turn around. But if you’re like some drivers. It’s hard to admit being lost. But not admitting you’re lost can take you further away from your destination. The same is true in life. When we don’t admit that we made a wrong turn we often go far away from the plans that God has for us. Years later we wonder, how did I end up hear? If that’s your question, change it. And ask, How do I get out? You get out by humbling yourself and allow Jesus to take the wheel. Prov.3;5-6 says, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Listen to audio here.

WORDS

Have you ever said something that you wish you could take back? Who ever said sticks and stones will break my bones and words will never hurt me - was wrong. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up. Sometimes out of frustration we say things and hurt others. In a survey that asked people who were at the end of their lives, “What did they regret not doing the most?” The answer in the top three was, Not cultivating relationships and saying that they were sorry. Thankfully it’s not too late for us. Matt 5:23-24 says, If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; Then come and offer your gift.  Listen to audio here.

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