Monday, September 24, 2007

Imparting Courage - Encouraging others

Hebrews 3 tells us to encourage one another daily. I believe we are told this because we really need daily encouragement. As the days wear on, we need someone to tell us:

"You can do it!"

"It's okay. God will use this circumstance and turn it for good."

"You are God's first choice for teaching your children; He will equip you."

"God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. You were called by Him to homeschool your children."

It's so easy to get discouraged because we are human; we make mistakes; we sometimes do things the messy way, the wrong way. But as Christians, we are always growing, learning, and changing. This happens more quickly if we don't allow discouragement and despair to toss us into a pit.

It's easy to fall into discouragement if you don't have someone coming along side you, imparting courage to you as you make your way along the sometimes rocky, sometimes smooth homeschool trail.

If you feel like you are slipping into a pit, remember that sometimes we are lonely, and sometimes we run into troubles, difficulties, and challenges. This is normal life. It's really what we believe about those difficulties that can keep us plugging along toward the smooth path again. We must believe that God has a good plan for us and wants the best for us and our children. He is on YOUR side (even though you are not everything you think you should be). He is for you.

The word God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah is for us, His children, today:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans for a hope and a future.

If you feel you've already fallen into a pit, let me encourage you with Psalm 40:

I waited patiently for the LORD;  
He turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,  
out of the mud and mire;  
he set my feet on a rock  
and gave me a firm place to stand. 

He put a new song in my mouth,  
a hymn of praise to our God.  

God wants to give you beauty for ashes and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61). So put off that spirit of heaviness by praising Him today. Put on your favorite worship music and just begin praising Him. You'll find that a spirit of heaviness can't stand in the presence of praise and you'll begin to feel better. Believe that God wants to remove those rocks from your path and make your way smooth. Believe that God is for you. He really is. Though it may be tough right now, God always leads us to green pastures and still waters after the storm. You can rest in that truth.


Anonymous said...

I really needed to read this today. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone and that along with the sometimes difficult days, there are plenty of "smooth path" days. I need to remind myself to turn to God and trust God through the smooth and the bumpy.


Kim said...

Thanks Jeannie. This is just the encouragement I needed today. God bless you.

Highday said...

Thanks for a great post!

Anonymous said...

I thank the Lord for His fresh dose of mercy and grace for each new day. Without it, we'd all be burnt toast!

Thanks for your insight!

Elaine said...

Thank you for these encouraging words from the Lord. So often we look elsewhere for our help and He's right there waiting to be our strength and guide.