Encouraging Words Devotional

Encouraging Words Devotional

A short 2-minute devotional message once a week to help you remember your worth in God.

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August 2, 2021 2 min

What is the difference between faith and hope?  Both words are used in the Bible quite frequently. Do you remember that 1 Corinthians 13 says, "Now abide faith, hope, love"

NKJV. "The word faith is used in the sense of ' trust ', whereas the word hope is used in the sense of 'anticipation'."[1] Hope always involves waiting for something that is as yet unseen but something we can count on. Romans 8:2...

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My all-time favorite fruit is the Filipino mango. While mango trees can live for 300 years, how do they stay standing when typhoon-force winds blow? There's only one answer: their roots. The taproot of a mango tree can go down twenty feet deep into the soil, and, in addition, mangoes grow wide-spreading feeder roots that penetrate deeply.

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July 19, 2021 2 min

When as a parent you have young kids, it's as if you're in God's waiting room. You're anticipating the day when the "rosebuds" will mature and bloom. You nurture the plants, feed them, and care for them, but you can't make your kids "bloom."? But eventually God will--if you leave the timing to Him.

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Ever see sunflowers growing in someone's garden? Or perhaps by the side of the road? You probably noticed that they almost always face toward the sun. In the morning, young sunflowers face east, slowly turning west as they keep their faces toward the sun throughout the day. Then during the night, they reverse themselves so they are ready to do it again the next day. Why do they do this? Because they innately know that the more ...

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July 5, 2021 2 min

In the last verse of the last chapter of the last book the apostle Peter ever wrote, he gave us some valuable instruction.  He said, "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18 NIV). What did Peter mean about growing in grace and the knowledge of Jesus?

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June 28, 2021 2 min

Candy wrote,

"Today I lost my wallet! And I put a big bald spot in my husband's hair! Do you ever have those days where your brain is just not functioning properly???!!! This was me today.... but amidst it all, kindness shone so bright that I have to share about it." 

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June 21, 2021 2 min

The young boy grabbed his lunch, tucked it in his tunic and took off for the countryside to spend the day listening to the Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. We don't know if he packed his lunch himself or if his mother prepared those five barley loaves and two fish for him. But you can be sure he had no idea that soon his simple lunch was going to be used by Jesus to feed an estimated 15,000 people—5000 men plus women and children.

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June 14, 2021 2 min

Author Elizabeth George writes,

Here’s a question to think about: If someone asked you to describe the quiet time you had this morning, what would you say? This is exactly the question Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators ministry organization, used to ask men and women applying for missions work. He once spent five days interviewing candidates for overseas missionary service. He spent a half hour with each one, asking specif...

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June 7, 2021 2 min

Dark periods in life come to all of us—times when all you know about God is being put to the test. The Apostle Paul had an experience like that. It started when he had a vision of a man begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us" (Acts 16:9). Sensing this was God directing him, Paul and his helper Silas immediately went to Philippi, a leading city of that area.

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May 31, 2021 2 min

Mention any date since 1980 to Jill Price, and she can tell you what happened to her on that day—"what time she got up, who[m] she met, what she did, what she ate. In effect, she is a human diary," writes Barry Wigmore.[1]

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May 24, 2021 2 min

Temptation comes to all of us in one form or another.  Who at one time or another has not felt an intense desire to do something you really knew you shouldn't do?

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When he was in his later years, Dr. D. James Kennedy, wrote the following:

Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some people will say is the end of this life.... I don't want them to cry. I want them to begin the [memorial] service with the Doxology and end with the Hallelujah chorus, because I am not going to be there, and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have ever been in my life, and I wi...

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May 10, 2021 2 min

Too many people who have had a wrong done to them have "built a memorial to the event and placed it smack dab in the center of the living room of their life, going there every day to worship"--so says a minister.[1] A memorial to a wrong done in the past! I had never thought of it that way, but I think he's right.

 

[1] Quoted by Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Rabbi Stewart Vogel, The Ten Commandments (New York, NY: Cliff...

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May 3, 2021 2 min

When life throws at us circumstances we can't understand, we have two choices: question God or trust Him. Lisa Beamer learned that lesson--twice. 

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April 26, 2021 2 min

Sometimes I wonder if we are so busy accomplishing certain things every day that we miss opportunities to bless the people around us. God's quiet voice may not be heard as He points us to where He has something special for us to do—a loving touch, comforting words, even a short prayer with someone who is hurting.

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April 19, 2021 2 min

Pastor Glenn Burris tells that one of the ways he helps around the house is to haul the large garbage containers out to the street for pickup—a five-minute job.  But one time, he relates, the simple task took on an unexpected twist.

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April 12, 2021 2 min

John's phone rang.  It was the call that all parents hope they will never receive. His teenage daughter, who had recently received her driver's license, was involved in an accident. Would John come?

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One time Jesus said to a busy woman, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things" (Luke 10:41- ck. NIV). I can certainly relate to Martha. How about you? If you're like most women, you don't worry about just one thing. Because we're good at multi-tasking, we usually have a whole collection of things we're anxious about.

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March 29, 2021 2 min

Many, many children today are growing up in one-parent homes. Maybe when you were a child your father turned his back on your mother for another woman, and your home was torn apart. You may not think you're worth very much or surely your dad would have stayed with the family.

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March 22, 2021 2 min

A fighter jet pilot flying upside down at tremendous speed became disoriented.  Confused as to which way was up and which was down, he pulled the flight stick in the wrong direction. A few moments later, flaming wreckage was all that remained.

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