Someone just gifted me with a wonderful pen. The words on the back of the box say, “Here’s to the power of the pen and those who know how to wield it to create and inspire. We hope you use it everyday.”
You may not be a writer but I bet you write, even if it is only a grocery list. When you hand that bit of paper over to your spouse (so they can shop), what would be the harm of adding a little drawn heart on the corner, or writing “I love you” under the broccoli?
What we don’t feel comfortable saying can be written. Pop a sweet line into your child’s lunch. Scribble a funny line in hubby’s appointment book to help him laugh his way through a bad day. Remind a friend of their favourite verse. It’s a little thing but it means a lot.
After all, God gave us lots of written lines. Look how happy they make us!
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10b, AMP)
Prayer-Dear God, thank you for your example of writing encouraging love notes. Now, may we take the time to read them. Amen.
My family has been struggling through several long and difficult situations. This morning God told me to encourage myself. I asked, “Is this possible?” and I heard in my heart… “look it up.” And there it was in 1 Samuel 30.
David and his men returned to find their camp burned and everyone, even the women and children, captured. First, they wept till they could weep no more. Since they had no one else to get their hands on, David’s men decided to blame and stone him.
David had no where to turn, or did he? In verse 6 we are told that he encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.The Message Bible says ‘he strengthened himself with trust in his God.’
“So haven’t we been doing that,” I ask myself? I read on. Then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?”The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!”(1 Samuel 30:8, MSG) So I take this as a promise from God and I encourage myself in the Lord, I trust my God. Prayer-Lord, when all seems at its worst, you are at your best. In Christ, we stand on your word. Amen.