Tag Archives: Encouragement

Rooted in Christ

22 Oct

What do we do when everything we hold dear is being uprooted?  Where do we find stability?  Only in one person; Jesus Christ.   To thrive in an uncertain world we must root ourselves in Him.

Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith,  just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Psalms 1

Colossians2_6_7How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.

Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by steams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season

And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,  But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.

 

 

Christians Never Perish

8 Nov

As Christians we have great security and confidence in our Savior to lead and comfort us in all our trials. As we cling to the promises of scripture we are fortified and assured of His presence in our lives. God helps us and is the anchor of our faith. We are given strength for the tasks at hand.

Do not fear I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you; for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

As a believer we have the Holy Spirit within us and can draw upon His power. When we ask God in prayer for His help, we can rely on Him in our daily struggles and God will fight for us. He is our hope, our confidence and our strength. Praise be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Below is a beautiful quote from J.C. Ryles expressing how much we mean to God because we belong to Him:

True Christians shall never perish. Are they not Christ’s special property, the servants of His house, the members of His family, the children of His adoption? Then surely He will never let them be overthrown, He will watch them as tenderly as we watch over our own flesh and blood, He will guard them as we guard our valuable and precious possessions, He will cherish them as we cherish that which is most dear to our hearts; He never would have laid down His life for their sakes if He had intended to give them up.”J.C. Ryles

How Blessed

11 Jun

How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust.
And has not turned to the proud, nor
to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O LORD my God, are the
wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count.
Psalms 40:4,5

 

 

 

 

© 2014 Sherry DuBois

Our Great Savior

9 Mar

Our Great Savior

Jesus what a Friend for sinners!  Jesus lover of my soul

Friends may fail me,  Foes assail me

He my Savior,  makes me whole.

Hal-le-lu-jah!  What a Savior! 

Ha-le-lu-jah! What a Friend!

Sav-ing, help-ing, keep-ing, lov-ing,

He is with me to the end.

 

 

 

 

 

Story of the Candy Cane

13 Dec

Story of the Candy Cane
By Unknown Author

Long ago there were two villages in a far-off land. One was in a valley, and one was on a mountain top. The people in the mountain village wanted to give each person in the valley a Christmas gift. So the mountain towns people formed a committee to think of something special. Money was limited, and each gift had to be of equal value to each person. After much time and discussion a decision was finally reached. The town’s candy maker, an elderly gentleman who had loved Jesus for many years, came up with an idea – the candy cane. Now, you may be thinking, what is so special about a candy cane – and how can it ever be tied in with the real meaning of Christmas? Well, here is how – and why…

1. The candy cane is in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. Jesus is our Shepherd, and we are His flock. A sheep follows his own shepherd, knows his voice, trusts him and knows that he is totally safe with him. The sheep will follow no other shepherd than their own. In the same way, if we belong to Jesus, we are to follow only Him. (John 10:11; Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11)

2. Turned over, the candy cane is a “J,” the first letter of Jesus’ name. (Luke 1:31) It is made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the “rock” of our salvation.

3. The wide red stripes on the candy cane represent the blood Jesus shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. He restores us and cleans us with His shed blood – the only thing that can wash away our sin. (Luke 22:20)

4. The white stripes on the candy cane represent Jesus’ virgin birth and His pure, sinless life. He is the only human being ever who never committed a single sin, even though He was tempted just as we are. (1 Peter 2:22)

5. The narrow red stripes on candy canes symbolize Jesus’ stripes, or scars, which He got when He was arrested and whipped. The Bible says we are healed (of sin) because He took those wounds. (Isaiah 53:5 ; 1 Peter 2:24)

6. The flavoring in the candy cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice.
(John 19:29; Psalm 51:7)

7. When we break our candy cane, it reminds us that Jesus’ body was broken for us. When we have communion, it is a reminder of what He did for us. ( 1 Corinthians 11:24)

8. AND, if we share our candy cane and give some to someone else because we love that person, we are sharing the love of Jesus. (1 John 4:7,8,) God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus to earth to save us. He loves us so much that He wants us to spend eternity with Him. We are assured of that when we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Savior. (John 1:12, John 3:3,16)

Some people believe this story of the candy cane is only a legend. Others believe it really happened this way. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but one thing is certain… it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you. You can accept Jesus into your heart through a prayer like this:

Dear God, Thank You for loving me enough to send Jesus for Christmas. I believe Jesus died for my sins, and I accept Him now as my Savior. I promise to follow Him and share His love with others the best that I can. Amen.

From: Eternal Perspective Ministries, official site of Randy Alcorn
http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Feb/25/story-candy-cane/

Understanding God’s Lovingkindness

2 Jul

Caring, kindness, compassion, respect.  These are words that describe what it means to show empathy.  The dictionary gives this meaning: understanding of another’s feelings: the ability to identify with,  and understand somebody else’s feelings and difficulties.  This word means more than feeling bad for someone who has suffered loss or harm, or being glad for someone’s good news.  It’s putting yourself in the same position as another person, feeling what he/she would feel. 

Feeling empathy for others is probably the best way we can offer comfort and support to someone.  It is also fulfilling God’s commandment to “love one another”.  To really love,  requires mercy, forgiveness, and compassion, even before that person may be ready for it.  It may require looking beyond someone’s cruelties against us.  The more we understand our own need of  God’s mercy and compassion, the more we are able to show compassion and kindness to others.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  2 Cor. 1:2,3

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,  make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Phil. 2:1,2

When we realize the impact of our Salvation , that God sent his Son Jesus to earth, and He fully experience what we do.  Jesus suffered great hurt and pain.  Jesus cared for his friends when they weep, when they expressed lack of faith and doubted His love for them. When the multitudes were hungry, Jesus feed them, when the disciples were fearful in a storm, Christ showed compassion and calmed the storm, and so many more human expression of emotion and empathy as related to our Savior Jesus Christ that are recorded in the Old and New Testament.

In all their affliction He was afflicted,

And the angel of His presence saved them;

In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,

And He lifted them and carried them

All the days of old.

Isaiah 63:9

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him  with whom we have to do.    Heb. 4:13-16

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:13-16

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father,  Jesus Christ the righteous;  and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.  1 John 2:1,2

Sometimes we forget, and some may not believe;  that God sees all, He knows all that we go through.  God understands what we are going through at the deepest level and knows our sorrows and distress, all we need to do is call upon His name.  Jesus was crucified for our sins, and resurrected on the third day and is in heaven and intercedes for us with the Father on our behalf.  (Hebrews 4:13-16).

The more we experience the mercies of God, the more we know of God written about Him and His ways in the Bible, the more we experience His compassion, loving kindness, and know of His forgiveness towards us when we fail and sin (1 John 1:5-10),  we have peace and assurance that God cares, and God knows all we go through.  God is a rewarder of them who seek Him.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.    Hebrews 11:6

But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  1 John 1:7-10

 By this we know that we have come to know Him,  if we keep His commandments.  1 John 2:3

A lack of empathy for what someone is feeling or going through is like hating your brother.  To feel no compassion or no kindness towards another,  is like hating your brother.  Is your heart hard or tender and compassionate?  Do you feel pride and superiority like the crowd that wanted to stone the woman caught in sin (adultery) , until Jesus wrote their sins , one by one, in the dust and one by one, each one of them went away knowing that they had sinned too,  and broke God’s commandments.

© 2013 Sherry DuBois

Scripture is from: The New American Standard Bible

Dealing with Disappointments

18 Jun

Disappointment seems to come to all of us. We can all relate on some level. Someone hurts us or lets us down. We may be the ones that have let someone else down.  We all at sometime in life don’t feel good enough.  But when disappointments come we are at a time of decision  We can condemn ourselves and ask the “what if” or “if only” questions which usually lead to regret.  We could blame others so someone else is at fault. This kind of reasoning usually leads to depression, anger, and bitterness.  If we can see our disappoints as what we can learn and grow from them, we can put it into perspective.

Life is full of disappointments so at sometime or another all of us will deal with it.  Sometimes we just know we should of done things differently and we may be at fault. We may have disappointed God with our actions over something we said or did in the heat of the moment. Remembering that God loves us, we should pray, ask forgiveness and lean on God’s promises. Our God is a God of Hope.  At times like this, turn your attention to heaven.  Move towards God and not away from him.  God is there to give us strength in our weakness.

O God, You are my God, I shall seek You earnestly;

My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,

In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalms 63:1

When you are feeling disappointed remember everything you already have. Listen to the LORD by trusting His Word.  Read His Word and study His ways. That might seem unreasonable but God’s Word gives us counsel.  Good and Wise counsel.  When you follow God’s counsel from His word, you will find solutions for your disappointment. Believe that God has a purpose and that he uses the Good and the Bad for a greater purpose.  Know that nothing that happens to you is meaningless.  Pray, ask God for his help and He will see you through your adversity.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28