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Encouragement

Just a quick post about encouragement

Encouragement, we all need it at times, just as we need to give it to others.
In this day and age, encouragement is very rare. Most people are self centred and solely focused on themselves, on their lives and problems. Most people also live only for themselves, no one and nothing else matters. But when problems arise, they are the first to complain and expect help and a compassionate ear.
However, as Christians our encouragement comes from one place and that place is Jesus. That does not mean that we cannot receive encouragement from people and that does not mean that others should not encourage us. We are to help one another and lift each other up when we are down.
The poem by Mary Stevenson titled Footprints in the Sand (http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Poem/Poem.php) tells us beautifully that the Lord is walking with us always, and when we can not walk anymore then He carries us.
This is true. He does this because He cares for us deeply.
The word of God tells us:
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Zephaniah 3:17 
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

The Lord is with you always, and He is also there with you, not only to help but to comfort.
Psalm 23:4 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;  your rod and your staff,  they comfort me.

So remember, He is with you always. We have trials, we grow weary because we are human so we are weak, but in Him we are strong. Surrender to Him, leave your burdens with Him.
Colossians 3:15

One last web site I encourage you to visit is The Father’s Love Letter. http://www.fathersloveletter.com You can read the letter, listen to it or watch it. It is truly amazing!

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

God Bless You
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