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The declarations below have been chosen to bring encouragement to those who are going through difficult times.

 

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 Words of Encouragement

 

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.    (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
 

So ...whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. (Hebrews 4:16 cev)
 

Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of the All Powerful God. Then you will say to the LORD, "You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you."(Psalm 91:1-2 cev)
       Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. (Psalm 91:3,5,6 niv)


 
 
Jesus said, “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 esv)
 

 

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave  Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God's chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and who is also risen, who is at the right hand of God and is making intercession for us.

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the laughter."  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  (Romans 8:31-37)
 

 

Praise the Lord, my soul,
      and never forget all the good he has done:
      He is the one who forgives all your sins,
      the one who heals all your diseases,
      the one who rescues your life from the pit,
      the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion,
       the one who fills your life with blessings
      so that you become young again like an eagle.
       (Psalm 103:2-5 gw)
 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10  nkjv)
 

 

 Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 nlt)
 

 

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.


And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:16-19 nlt)
 
 
 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1st John 1:8,9  nlt)


So, change the way you think and act, and turn to God to have your sins removed. (Acts 3:19, gw)
 

 

God says,   " I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:25-26 niv )


 I'll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. (Ezekiel 36:27 msg)
 

 
Turn to the LORD! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near. Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the LORD our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins. (Isaiah 55:6-7 cev)
 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8 niv)
 

 
The Lord says, "If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you." (Psalm 91:14-16a cev)
 

Jesus said,  "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.


This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:9-13  nasb)

 


Jesus said, "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks will find, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.


What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"   (Matthew 7:7-11 hcsb) 
 
 
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
       for like the grass they will soon wither,  like green plants they will soon die away.
      Trust in the LORD and do good;
      dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
      Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

      Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
      He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
      the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
       (Psalm 37:1-5 niv)
 

 

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23 esv)
 

 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27:1 )
 

 

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:38,39)
 
 
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.   (Philippians 4:6-7  The Message)
 
 
 
 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 nasb)
 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:11 nasb)
 

 
God says,  "I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die,  and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?" (Isaiah 51:12-13 nkjv)
 
 
Jesus said,  " I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing?
 Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than birds?


Can worry make you live longer?   Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don't work hard to make their clothes.   But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of them.   God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith?"  (Matthew 6:25-30 cev) 

"Don't ever worry and say, 'What are we going to eat?' or 'What are we going to drink?' or 'What are we going to wear?' Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them.


But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. "So don't ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6:31-34  gw)
 
 
Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.   (1 Peter 5:7 cev)
 

 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 esv)
 

 
  “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4 rsv)
 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 (esv).
 

 


 
As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God.  In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face? (Psalm 42:1-2  cev)


Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
       and your dominion endures through all generations.
      The LORD is faithful to all his promises
      and loving toward all he has made.
      The LORD upholds all those who fall
      and lifts up all who are bowed down.
       The eyes of all look to you,
      and you give them their food at the proper time.
      You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
       The LORD is righteous in all his ways
      and loving toward all he has made.
       The LORD is near to all who call on him,
      to all who call on him in truth.
      (Psalm 145:13-18  niv)
 

 

Don't you know? Haven't you heard?
      The LORD is the eternal God, Creator of the earth.
      He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured.
       The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
       Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall.
       But those who trust the LORD will find new strength.
      They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.
       (Isaiah 40:28-31 cev)
 

 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.(James 1:2-8 nlt)

 



 
God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins.

 

Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.   No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.  This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given to us from His Spirit.   And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.   Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God--God remains in him and he in God. (1st John 4:9-15  hcsb)

 
 
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1st John 5:13-15 esv)
 

Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn't by obeying the Law of Moses. God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life's blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-25 cev)
 

Jesus said, ''The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
 
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep.

''My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.'' (John 10:10,11,14,15,27,28 niv)

 

 

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
       he leads me beside quiet waters,
 3 he restores my soul.
       He guides me in paths of righteousness
       for his name's sake.
 4 Even though I walk
       through the valley of the shadow of death,
       I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff,
       they comfort me.
 5 You prepare a table before me
       in the presence of my enemies.
       You anoint my head with oil;
       my cup overflows.
 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
       all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
       forever. (niv)

 

 

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.    Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;  but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:29-31   esv) 

 

 

The LORD keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9 gnb)
 

And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.  (Deuteronomy 31:8 )
 

If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:10-11  )

 

 

Jesus said,  "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."    Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"   Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  (John 14:1-6  niv)

 


"At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.  Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person."  But, "Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us." (Romans 5:6-8 gw)

 

 

.....He was hated and rejected; his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, "He is a nobody!" 
He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well. 


All of us were like sheep that had wandered off.
      We had each gone our own way,
      but the LORD gave him the punishment we deserved.
       He was painfully abused, but he did not complain.
       He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher,
      as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off.
      He was condemned to death without a fair trial.
      Who could have imagined what would happen to him?
      His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done.
       (Isaiah 53:3-8 cev) 
 

 
Psalm 145
  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
       and your dominion endures through all generations.
       The LORD is faithful to all his promises
       and loving toward all he has made.

  The LORD upholds all those who fall
       and lifts up all who are bowed down.

  The eyes of all look to you,
       and you give them their food at the proper time.

  You open your hand
       and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

  The LORD is righteous in all his ways
       and loving toward all he has made.

  The LORD is near to all who call on him,
       to all who call on him in truth.
 (Psalm 145:13-18  niv)


 
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”(Romans 10:9-13 nlt)
 

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
"In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." Isaiah 30:15 (esv)

 


1 Corinthians 13:4-8 
 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.
Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
Love never fails!  (cev)

 


“Then Jesus said to all the people: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me. If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will save it. What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself or waste your life?” (Luke 9:23-25 cev).

 


Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23 nasb)
 

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ( 1 John 4:8-11 niv)

 

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9-13 esv)
 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
 

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30,31 esv)

 


On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, "If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say." Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone that had faith in him. (John 7:37-39a -cev)
 

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:9-13 esv)
 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." 

And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."  Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:3-5 esv)

 


Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,  to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  
(Jude 1:24-25   esv)

 


The LORD bless you and keep you;  The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;   The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26  esv)
 


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Shake It Off And Step Up


By: Author Unknown

 


A story is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. In this way he could solve two problems: put the old mule out of his misery and have his well filled.


 
To work they went. Shovel full of dirt after shovel full of dirt began to fall on the mule's back. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back...a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back...HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.


 
"Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
 


You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
 


THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity...THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US! Remember that FORGIVENESS--FAITH--PRAYER-- PRAISE and HOPE...all are powerful ways to "SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP" out of the wells in which we find ourselves!
 


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