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We may realize a truth but sometimes encouraging words from others (even a stranger) can snap you out of your funk. I thought I’d share with you a little hope and a ray of sunshine to remind you (and me!) what we forget in the midst of the chaos …..
Instruction, rebuke, AND encouraging words are all found in the Bible. Sometimes we simply forget about the precious guidebook that can be like salve on a troubled heart.
All scripture is inspired by God. Profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness. So the (wo)man may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28
Encouraging words for marriage
Not only is God the creator of our marriages, He wants them to thrive.
A man that finds a wife finds what is good, and she is a blessing to him from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22
Charm can be deceptive and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30
A good Wife of noble character is her husband’s joy and crown … Proverbs 12:4
Encouraging words for disappointment
I’m sure, like me, you’ve lived long enough to be thankful to God for unanswered prayers! God didn’t give you what you wanted but blessed you ten-fold with what you really needed instead. Amen?
How great is our God – beyond our understanding! His years cannot be counted. Job 36:26
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Encouraging words for anxiety
I forget that God knows the beginning, middle, and end of my story and all I can see is the right now. Focus on what God has done for you and cling to His promises for your future too, friend.
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. Proverbs 3:3-5Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Encouraging words for others
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16… not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:4Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27
We all need encouraging words. God’s word is essential but so is the act of hearing them from our sisters in Christ. Words are powerful and can pull us right up out of that miry clay of bad attitude and pity parties. Recently my daughter came home and told me that a lady at church was going on about how I was the sweetest person she has ever met in her life.
I can’t tell you how much those words meant to me since my heart and focus is encouraging others always. It’s amazing how that one sentence has lifted me up over the last few days when I get the mully grubs and feel that I’m unimportant. Words. are. so. powerful.
I hope you’ve been lifted you up today and that you are encouraged to pass this on and choose to use your own encouraging words to lift up other sistahs.
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