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

Government health experts are now publicizing a new category of blood pressure level that they call "pre-hypertension". The news affects 45 million Americans whose blood pressure is 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury systolic (the top number) or 80 to 90 diastolic (the bottom number). These individuals do not have high blood pressure yet and do not need medication. But unless they change their lifestyle and eating habits, it's likely they will. Which is worse - having high blood pressure...

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In the Midst of the Storm

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

In The Midst of the Storm
"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd" (Matthew 14:22).
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
We can be smack in the center of God's will and still go through terrible storms. Christ loved the disciples with all His heart, yet He "made" them get into the boat when He knew a storm was coming. They were exactly where they were supposed to...

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The Prize

Posted Oct 17th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

The Prize
There is an old story about the Greek Marathon. Muscular, conditioned runners paced nervously near the starting line for the long-distance race. The time was near. They "shook out" their muscles, inhaled deeply, and put on their "game faces."
In the midst of it all, a young stranger took his place at the starting line. His physique was awesome. Taking no notice of the other contestants, he stared straight ahead. Two prizes would be awarded the winner of the Marathon:...

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True Love is Committed Love

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

True Love Is Committed Love
It was a busy morning. It was about 8:30 A.M. when a gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have sutures removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 A.M. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him.
We chatted while I removed his sutures and took care of...

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The Road Map to Perfect Peace

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

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." (Isaiah 26:3)
A retired couple decided they would start walking two miles a day o stay in shape. The lived out in the country, so they thought they would walk a mile down their lonely country road, and then turn around and come back.
On the first day, they made it out to the one-mile mark just fine. As they began...

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No Agenda

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

"I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!"  Isaiah 65:24
Literally, I had no agenda. True, many things had been on my mind. Several situations I'd been mulling over. A few people that had been especially on my heart. Some unresolved relationships that were sort of stewing in the back corners of my brain.
You know, just things... Things that are on our...

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The Secret

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

One day, one friend asked another, "How is it that you are always so happy? You have so much energy, and you never seem to get down." With her eyes smiling, she said, "I know the Secret!"
"What secret is that?" To which she replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the Secret with others."
"The Secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make...

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God's Favorite Name

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

"God's Favorite Name"
Of all his names, "Father" is God's favorite. We know he loves this name most because this is the one he used most. While on earth, Jesus called God "Father" over two hundred times. In his first recorded words Jesus explained, "Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?" ( Luke 2:49). In his final triumphant prayer he proclaims, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46). In the Gospel of John alone,...

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God Owns My Business

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

God Owns My Business
"So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:11).
Although he was an innovator in the reclamation of silver in the photographic process, Stanley Tam of Lima, Ohio, is best known for his commitment to Jesus Christ. A large sign adorning the home of United States Plastic Corporation proclaims "Christ Is the Answer," and Tam's widely read book, God Owns My Business, describes how he arrived at...

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My Rock

Posted Oct 8th, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

"...The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is nothing but goodness in him!" (Psalm 92:15)
I often refer to my husband as "my rock." I place him under this classification because he has been a steady source of strength throughout our nineteen year marriage. During times I was upset from disturbing phone calls, he was there to remind me that joy is within, and there is no sense in letting someone else's opinions disrupt the peace which God...

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The Star in the Window

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

During World War II it was the custom in the United States for a family who had a son serving in the military to place a star in the front window of their home. But the gold star indicated that the son had died in support of his country's cause.
Years ago, Sir Harry Lauder told a touching story about this custom. He said that one night a man was walking down a New York City street...

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The Burden of Discontent

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

Come to me to the most populated prison in the world. The facility has more inmates than bunks. More prisoners than plates. More residents than resources.
Come to me to the world's most oppressive prison. Just ask the inmates; they will tell you. They are overworked and underfed. Their walls are bare and bunks are hard.
No prison is so populated, no prison so oppressive, and, what's more, no prison is so permanent. Most inmates never leave. They never...

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Overcoming Our Past

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

"Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah."  Judges 11:29a
We've all heard stories of individuals who have overcome extreme hardship during their childhood years. Children of alcoholics, orphans who never have parents, loss of parents to a fatal crash, childhood disease. These are all difficult circumstances to overcome.
Jephthah was a man who overcame his obstacles and refused to allow his circumstances to prevent him from becoming great in God's sight. He was born to Gilead, a result...

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He's Interested

Posted Oct 2nd, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

He’s Interested
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."  1 Peter 5:7
So nobody seemed to care if you changed jobs or not. And nobody said much to affirm your new project venture. As you poured out your feelings in what you thought was a safe place, you found she wasn’t all that interested.
He is interested.
Maybe there weren't many calls or notes from people who commented on your promotion, or sympathized in the loss of a...

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The Daily Encourager - "Healing of the Heart"

Posted Oct 1st, 12:00 by thedailyencourager on Inspiration

Misty's stormy years as a teenager had taken their back toll. Now twenty three, she still couldn't get over the stigma of being the "black sheep" in the family. Harsh words and unkind actions by both daughter and parents left scars, threatening never to heal.
Misty had become a Christian and changed her life, but the black sheep stigma still remained. Each time she saw her parents or talked with them by phone, her hurts returned. Although her...

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