Posted Yesterday, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
I am into fixing things. If something breaks, get out the masking tape, superglue, or bandages. We all knew my dad could fix anthing, from a picture frame that fell apart to a table leg that had broken. All you had to do was take it to him and you knew he would get it fixed and back to you.
My husband is a fixer, too. Our granddaughter says emphatically, when...

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Posted May 24th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"Let us encourage one another." (Hebrews 10:25)
One writer observed a mother walking with a small handicapped child whose both legs were in braces. He was having a difficult time but his mother was right there with him encouraging him at every step.
"That's great! You're doing splendidly," she kept repeating.
"I want to run," the boy called.
"Very well, try it," his mother encouraged enthusiastically. As he did, he tripped and almost fell and would have except his mother was right there beside...

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I Choose

Posted May 23rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" (Psalm 91:2)
Mrs. S. had lived alone for many years and got out only with the help of a wheelchair. Every Sunday she wheeled herself into the side aisle of our sanctuary (one without handicap access) where she worshiped enthusiastically. She always seemed to be "up." People smiled when they were around her.
One evening Mrs. S. spoke to the youth of...

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Practicing the Golden Rule

Posted May 22nd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Last night, while watching the Woman's Softball Tournament, I was remined of one of the most touching moments in women's sports history.  It took place at a women's softball game on April 26, 2008.  Central Washington and Western Oregon faced off against each other, with the winner to receive a bid to the NCAA's Division II playoffs.
Sara Tucholsky, a Western Oregon player, came to the plate in the second inning with the score tied 0-0 and two...

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Safe Thinking

Posted May 19th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Recently I have been picking a book - usually a short one - out of the Bible and reading it non-stop. I try to take the time to let it speak to my mind and my heart.
The last few days I have been reading the book of Second Timothy. This verse caught my mind and my heart, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." The two...

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God's Motives

Posted May 18th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

God's Motives
"He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." - 2 Samuel 22:20
Questioning someone's motives for their activities can become an overriding response to those to whom we relate. Wrong motives can result in broken relationships, poor business decisions, and falling out of God's will. Sometimes we do not know the motive of another person. It is wrong for us to assume what their motive is until we have confidence that we...

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When the Wind Blows

Posted May 16th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

When The Wind Blows
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.  Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.
"Are you a good farm hand?" the...

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The Blood

Posted May 15th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Blood
What are you worth? Figuring out your worth or the worth of anything can be a difficult task. Allow me to give you an illustration.
Back when I was at seminary in Springfield, Illinois, I spent a fair amount of time wandering through the museums dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. At one of those museums, I saw a few square inches of silk.
Now silk can be an expensive cloth, but this bit of material is not for sale. Offer what you...

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Admitting We Need Help

Posted May 12th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Admitting We Need Help
Sign seen in a textile mill, "When your thread becomes tangled, call the foreman."
A young woman was new on the job. Her thread became tangled and she thought, "I'll just straighten this out myself." She tried, but the situation only worsened. Finally she called the foreman. "I did the best I could," she said.
"No you didn't. To do the best, you should have called me."
How often does our pride and our "self-sufficiency" lead us to try to...

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Posted May 11th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10
Showered and pressed, I felt fresh as a crisp spring morning. I arrived at the airport early. With few people in line at that hour, getting through check-in and the scanners was smooth and quick.
I stepped into a newsstand to buy a paperback suspense mystery and a candy bar, then headed down the concourse. Soon the smell of grease was strong, hanging heavy in...

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Remove the Stones

Posted May 10th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Remove the Stones
Jesus has finally arrived, but it was too late; Lazarus was dead! If only He had arrived earlier. Jesus made His way to the tomb with the grieving crowd following. He stood in front of Lazarus’ tomb weeping, revealing His heart to the crowd (John 11).
Then suddenly He instructed the people to remove the stone from grave’s entrance. They couldn’t believe their ears. Martha blurted out in her surprise, "But Lord, by this time there is a bad...

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One Gaze at Him

Posted May 9th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

One Gaze at Him
I do not know how near it may be to us; it may be that some of us will be ushered very soon into the presence of the King. One gaze at Him will be enough to reward us for all we have had to bear. Yes, there is peace for the past, grace for the present, and glory for the future.
D. L. Moody
Posted at The Timothy Report 
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They Missed Him

Posted May 5th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

They Missed Him!
They were looking for a Lion,
   He came as a Lamb, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a Warrior,
   He came as a Peacemaker, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a King,
   He came as a Servant, and they missed Him.
They were looking for Liberation from Rome,
   He submitted to the Roman cross, and they missed Him.
They were looking for a fit to their mold,
   He was the mold maker, and they missed Him.
What are you...

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Everything You Need

Posted May 4th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Everything You Need
A number of years ago, I heard a sermon on the topic of wants versus needs. The woman in the minister's opening story did not get one thing that she had always planned on having, but she had everything she needed.
She had planned on marrying a young man in her career area, but she married an older man who was wise, good, and kind to her in marriage. She wanted a girl but had a boy, who grew...

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Ten Ways to Love Others

Posted May 3rd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

1.  Listen without interrupting  (Prov 18)
2.  Speak without accusing   (James 1:19)
3.  Give without sparing   (Prov 21:26)
4.  Pray without ceasing   (Col 1:9)
5.  Answer without arguing   (Prov 17:11)
6.  Share without pretending   (Eph 4:15)
7   Enjoy without complaining   (Phil 2:14)
8.  Trust without wavering    (Cor 13:7)
9.  Forgive without punishing   (Col 3:13)
10. Promise without forgetting   (Prov 13:12) 
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