Can you think of a day when you don't need any encouragement from God's Word?
Maybe I'm some kind of lame, totally uncool homeschool mom; perhaps you can't relate to me at all. But I need to be encouraged every single day, and the first and last place I look for that is encouragement is the Bible. Whatever situation each new day brings, I want to know what God has to say about it. He is The Only Solution for my every problem, for every single need, for all things big or small.
In addition to that, He is the Only One worth praising. We will be praising Him for all eternity; I think it's pretty much a given that we ought to be praising Him in the here and now. God's Word has some great examples of godly men and women who were careful to praise Him while they walked on this earth.
Here are a few verses that have encouraged me as of late and have spurred me on to give praise to the LORD God Almighty. I hope they bring you some encouragement today, too!
Exodus 15:2 - "The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him..."
Deuteronomy 33:12 - "Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long."
Romans 8:6 - "The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."
John 10:3b-4 - "He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, he goes ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice."
Psalm 112:7 - "He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord."
Isaiah 62:6 - "You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest."
Psalms 60:4 - "But for those who fear You, You have raised a baner to be unfurled against the bow."
Luke 1:37 - "For no word from God will ever fail."
Psalm 139:5 - "You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me."
That's not just news - it is very good news for us who believe! Jesus never failed us when He lived as a man among us, and He never will fail us. He can't; it's simply not in His nature to do so. Be encouraged by His Word as you trust Him all the more today!
Also, I wanted to remind you about my contest that ends next week, on Thursday May 17th. Read that post HERE and leave a comment telling me about something or someone that is a source of encouragement to you. All comments are entered for a chance to win a hardcover edition of Ann Voskamp's book "One Thousand Gifts". This is an astounding book, and I know the winner will be blessed by it. In fact, a friend of mine going all the way back to elementary school calls this book "UNBELIEVABLE" and says, "I could read it a million times". (She's no slouch, either: take her word for it, this book is one you want to get your hands on!)
So be encouraged today, enter my giveaway, and enjoy your weekend!
PS - Take note that my old website is no longer online; you can find me at my new website - www.ALLTHINGSHOMESCHOOL.weebly.com
Day 185 done :)
Jan L. Burt