So, It’s 9:24 PM in western Pennsylvania, and I’m having a late night coffee with Jesus. I’m I’m contemplating ENCOURAGEMENT.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
I find myself needing encouragement regularly. I look to the scriptures for peace. We all need encouragement at times. Sometimes we may talk to a trusted friend, a friend in Christ maybe our pastor. And on the flip side, we may be the friends offering the encouragement.
Sometimes we may realize, there is no one there to encourage us, because those who you usually seek encouragement from seems to be dealing with their own problems.
I’m almost in a state of awareness to keep my eyes on Jesus. Whether I’m happy or sad, joyous or depressed, I find myself thinking, keep my eyes on Jesus. I find scriptures to read or an encouraging article from a Christian website, or fellow bloggers in Christ.
Hebrews 12:2-3: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfected of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scoring its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
So, I feel the constant awareness of fixing my eyes on Jesus. When it comes to needing to encourage ourselves, the Lord provides strength to us.
Psalm 121;1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth. (NIV)
I’m here for those who need encouragement. Friends, family, fellow bloggers, those whom I don’t know. Sometimes we may find encouragement in surprising ways, sometimes when we least expect it.
Eleanor Roosevelt ~ No one can make you feel inferior without your permission ~.
Billy Graham ~ The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, O God forgive me or Help me ~.
Be encouraged my friends… Blessings to you all.