Thoughts to Uplift: Brief Encouragement

Your Unique “Song”

Your Unique “Song”

As winter has faded into spring, it has brought about one of my all-time favorite moments: hearing the songbirds’ morning songs.  Every year, I am reminded of how much joy these songs bring to me.  I love how some belt out loud calls, while others are quiet, in the background, yet  beautiful.  Some have feverish and fast songs, while others are slow and steady.  Put together, these birds form...

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Never Too Late

Never Too Late

The first step in growing is so often found in lowering:  lowering ourselves in recognition that I need help, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to respond, and I certainly don’t have it all together. “Lord, how I need You!” Or as Eugene Peterson wrote, “The first step in learning is bowing down to God.”  Think about that as we ask ourselves, “Is that typically MY first step?  To bow down...

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Just Three Words

Just Three Words

“Increase our faith!” the disciples cried, after Jesus’ teaching. “Lord, help me!” begged the Canaanite woman, whose daughter was suffering. “Be our help!” the psalmist exclaimed, when all seemed hopeless. In each scenario, it took just three simple words to move beyond themselves, their sufficiency, or their perspective and reach out to the heart - and for the help - of God. John Bunyan (writer...

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Under Construction

Under Construction

Feeling a bit as though you’re under construction? Read on! “I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”  Philippians 3:12 NLT “Under construction.”  Don’t we get so frustrated and impatient when we enter construction zones?  The lanes...

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The Eye of the Lord

The Eye of the Lord

Whatever we may be facing today, may the words of the psalmist encourage our hearts: The king is not saved by his great army;   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.The war horse is a false hope for salvation,   and by its great might it cannot rescue.Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,   on those who hope in his...

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Not Yet Ripened

Not Yet Ripened

Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity... Hebrews 6:1 NETToday my 9 year old and I read about “growing as a Christian.”  I love the story that was told of Charles Simeon.  He was a pastor in London, from 1783-1836. While he was known as a godly man who loved God’s Word, “he continued to struggle with controlling his temper.”  One day he...

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Enjoying God

Enjoying God

“Enjoy the Lord…” What a beautiful thought expressed by David in Psalm 37!  It is one, perhaps, that we may not have previously given much thought to but once experienced, becomes our highest aim. In fact, in response to the question, “What is the chief end of man?,” we read, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism) A 1600’s preacher by...

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God-Admiring Thoughts

God-Admiring Thoughts

“God-admiring thoughts.”  Adoring where we cannot fathom. That is often the posture of heart and mind that we see expressed by the psalmist.  Might it be the posture of heart and mind in us as well!   “Admire—where you cannot fathom. ‘Can you by searching find out God?’ Here on earth, we see some beams of his glory, we see him in the looking-glass of the creation; we see him in his...

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The Master Weaver

The Master Weaver

Spurgeon told the following story in order to illustrate the mysterious working of the Lord in the lives of His children: “I think it was Mrs. Hannah More who says that she went into a place where they were manufacturing a carpet.  She said, ‘There is no beauty there.’  The man said, ‘It is one of the most beautiful carpets you ever saw.’  She replied, ‘Why, here is a piece...

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Thoughts of His Faithfulness

Thoughts of His Faithfulness

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:22-23) It is one thing to see His faithfulness (and to praise Him and give thanks accordingly) after the “big” moments of our lives - the breakthroughs, the answered prayers, the miraculous provision, etc., but what about in the...

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