Hanging By A Thread

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Hanging By A Thread

It seems so many people I know are going through some challenging trials. At the time I am writing this, we have been waiting for six weeks to get a new roof, due to a tree falling on our house, leaving nine holes, as well as poking through the ceiling in one place. It won’t stop raining long enough to allow the roofer to fix it. Nothing else can be done on the house until the roof is fixed. On top of that, one weekend all three of our vehicles had big problems which had to be dealt with right away.

The husband of a good friend just underwent open-heart surgery. The week after that, her mother was in critical care with serious heart issues.

Another friend has three adult children who are all facing serious issues right now. On top of that, her mother-in-law was in the hospital for a couple of days.

Life is full of challenges, but it just seems God’s children are really being targeted right now. It can be overwhelming when hit with so much at one time. Do you feel as if you are hanging by a thread? I want to encourage you if you find yourself in a season of struggles.

Deuteronomy 33:27 tells us the eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are His everlasting arms. First, God is your refuge in times of trouble. Second, if you do fall, you are going to fall into His everlasting arms. What a great place to be!

He truly is our refuge in times of need!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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The Ministry of Encouragement

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The Ministry of Encouragement

Our words have enormous power! They hold the power of life and death! (Proverbs 18:21) I have had times in my life when someone has spoken a much-needed word of encouragement to me. Those words literally ‘carried’ me for a few days because of their positive influence on me. However, I have also been the giver of encouraging words. I have watched as my words brought a smile to someone’s weary face. Other times, it has brought tears to their eyes because they were deeply touched by what was spoken. There have even been times when my words were a revelation to them. What a sight to behold when their faces lit up!

The words of the godly have the ability to encourage many. (Proverbs 10:21) We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to encourage one another and build up one another. Hebrews 3:13 goes a step further by telling us to encourage one another daily.

What does it mean to encourage someone? It is to cause someone to be courageous, to cure them, to help, repair, fortify, restore strength, support, comfort, admonish, or warn. With this exhaustive list, we can see that our words can literally be a ministry of encouragement to others! With the variety of meanings, surely in the course of a day, we can find at least one way to encourage someone!

What are you waiting for? Go find someone to encourage! Use the gift of your words!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

The Ministry of Encouragement

What an excellent message!  It will encourage you! 

My Heart Cries “Abba Father!”

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My Heart Cries “Abba Father!”

One of my dearest friends recently lost her daughter to breast cancer. It was heart wrenching to hear her sobs when I spoke with her. My heart ached for her, and I felt so helpless because I live two hours away, so there wasn’t much I could do to help her. When you add to that burdens I was carrying for some of my own family, you have a perfect recipe for a heart that is overwhelmed.

There were times I just wanted to run away. At times, I just wanted to immerse myself in watching Netflix. I quickly discovered that activity only left my spirit parched. There were other times when I wanted to do what I often did when I was a distressed little girl: Run into the strong arms of my dad, crying, “Daddy!”

As God’s beloved children, we have the wonderful privilege of crying out to Him, “Abba Father!” in our own distress. What awesome comfort and peace we can have in those times when we are overwhelmed with life!

Do you need to cry out to Abba Father?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Lord, Help me to Endure This Trial

When Ice Forms on Your Wings

This is an excellent message!  I found it especially encouraging because I have recently gotten back to my passion — writing.  Just last week, I wrote some devotions dealing with the topic of wings, as well as the topic of waiting on the Lord and how it is not a passive action.  And Pastor Conlon addresses both of those topics here.  The confirmation was sweet to my soul.  Stay tuned — those devotions will be posted once I get them copyrighted this week.

God’s Faithfulness

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God’s Faithfulness
As I headed out to work early one morning, I looked up to see an awesome display of stars filling the sky. There is something so majestic about a dark, starry sky.
Other times, I have seen stunningly beautiful sunrises on the way to work. In those times when I am able to view God’s exquisite handiwork, I can’t help but audibly exclaim, “Lord, it is beautiful!”
Seeing His glorious creation reminds me of His faithfulness; for even on those cloudy days, we know the sun is still there – we just can’t see it. And that sun never fails to rise or set.
We all have seasons of life where we struggle. It may be due to an arduous trial, or perhaps a struggle with our own faith. We even have times when we feel like our prayers fall on deaf ears because we aren’t hearing the voice of God or seeing any changes to our circumstances.
It’s in those times when I begin to reflect on the ‘constants’ of creation. When I remind myself of how that sun rises and sets every single day, I remember God’s faithfulness to His children. He is there. He remains faithful to us, even when we can’t see Him – much like we can’t see the sun on those cloudy days.
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

 

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