Encouraging Words Devotional

Encouraging Words Devotional

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


October 2, 2023 2 mins

Imagine being able to have anything you want—anything. No limits in size or amount or intricacy. You could just "speak it" and it would be in existence. That's how it is with God. The God of the universe can create anything He desires. And He did.

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There are times in my life when I’d just like to be invisible.  I don’t want to hear anyone call my name for help, or ask me one more question, or expect anything from me.  Do you ever wish you could just stay in bed and pull the covers up over your head for the entire day?

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September 18, 2023 2 mins

Just over one hundred years ago a baby girl was welcomed in Saskatchewan, Canada and named Audrey. She grew up on the Canadian prairie, learning at an early age to churn butter and to bake bread in a wood stove.

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September 11, 2023 2 mins

There is so much we don't understand about life.  For example, why is it that a really fine Christian may be killed in an auto accident while the drunk who hit him walks away without injury?

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September 4, 2023 2 mins

Five times in the New Testament, John is called "the disciple whom Jesus loved." What is interesting, though, is that all five occur in one of the books John himself wrote, the Gospel of John.  In other words, John uses this expression of himself. 

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August 28, 2023 2 mins

Rachel's parents were teenagers, and both were deaf and unemployed. When her mom was pregnant with Rachel, her dad stabbed her, hoping to kill his unborn child. A divorce soon followed, and Rachel and her mother went to live with her grandparents and two uncles. When she was five, Rachel's uncles began to make sexual advances, beating or burning her if she resisted.

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August 21, 2023 2 mins

During the years when Harold and I were raising our family, I came across a little paperback book called "Your Teen-ager and You" by Anna B. Mow. There is hardly a page in the book where I have not underscored at least one sentence. And her words carry a lot of weight with me because she raised four teens at the same time!

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August 14, 2023 2 mins

Every now and then I remember a truth from the Bible that I've known for a very long time—but suddenly it pops into my mind almost as if I'd never heard it before. That happened to me recently when I remembered that I have the privilege of talking to the Creator of the universe any time I wish. In my lifetime, I'll probably never have the chance to talk to a great earthly president or king. But, wonder of wonders, at His invitation...

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August 7, 2023 2 mins

She crossed the finish line of the Boston marathon and was able to receive her Abbott World Major Marathon 6-star medal for running the top 6 marathons on the world! Her name: Jane-Jane Ong, a dear friend of mine from Cebu, Philippines.

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July 31, 2023 2 mins

One night I awoke quite suddenly. What time was it, anyway? Three o'clock in the morning! What's more, I realized that in my mind I was singing an old hymn: "It Is Well with My Soul." Not the first or second verse but the third verse:


            My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—

            My sin, not in part but the whole,

            Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord...

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July 24, 2023 2 mins

How big is God? God Himself gives us some idea in His own words in Isaiah 40:12 where He asks the question, "Who else has held the oceans in his hand?" When I read that question, my next thought was, "I wonder how much water there is in all the oceans of the world?" Here's the answer: "The National Geographic Society tells us that there are 324 million cubic miles of water on the face of the earth."[1]


[1] https://education.natio...

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July 17, 2023 2 mins

Elizabeth Gilbert writes,    


Some years ago, I was stuck on a … bus in New York City during rush hour. The bus was filled with cold, tired people who were deeply irritated with one another, with the world itself. …. No mercy would be found here.

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In the New Testament, Paul started out his first letter to Timothy by saying he was appointed to be an apostle by the command of his Lord. Here are his exact words: "This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 1:1). Since the word "apostle" means "one who is sent," Paul's assigned job was to carry out the instructions of the One who sent him—God Himse...

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I really like this story from the book of Matthew:


The Pharisees—that is, the religious leaders of Jesus' day—came to Him plotting how they might entangle Him in His talk, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

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June 26, 2023 2 mins

One Bible student has counted 3,237 different people mentioned in the Bible. Granted, we're not given all their names, but still, each one serves as an example—for good or bad. One is a man called Onesiphorus, a friend of the apostle Paul.



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June 19, 2023 2 mins

The man had a physical challenge—he was crippled and couldn't walk. The only way he knew to get support was to beg at the temple gate in Jerusalem. One morning the lame man awakened to what seemed like any other day. But on this day his life was to be forever changed. When the apostles Peter and John came to the temple that morning, he asked them for money. What they gave him could never be bought. "I have no silver and gold," Pete...

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The apostle Peter urged us to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). Knowing that's what God wants, my friend brought up very practical issue: "If I have 1,001 things to do every day, how can I grow in my relationship with the Lord when sometimes a quick prayer is all I have time for?"

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Though my dad was in ministry for more than 70 years, my mom rarely spoke to groups in public. That's why after she passed away, I was so happy to find some speaking notes of hers. She brought a message based on Romans 12:1, where the apostle Paul writes, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice"--reasonable in light of all that God has done for us.

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May 29, 2023 2 mins

I'm stunned by how much God loves us--no, actually I'm stunned by how much God loves me, especially on those days when I can't seem to do anything right and I feel so unlovable. Mornings when I stay in my pajamas until noon. Days when I resent being interrupted to help someone else. Evenings when I stay up too late doing "whatever" on my laptop or phone.

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Asaph was discouraged--so discouraged, in fact, that he had about given up on God. In Psalm 77, Asaph asks five questions that convey the despair he was feeling: "Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?" (Psalm 77:7-9). Asaph tells us he cried aloud and couldn't...

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