Be encouraged.

Today on the radio, I heard a l Christian radio announcer say, “Well, if we don’t have any expectations for October, maybe it will be the best month.”

I know she was saying it to try to be funny. And I know this is a lot of people’s sentiments right now. But is that really how God sees it?

{Please believe I am in no way an advocate for the health and wealth, prosperity gospel. I read Jeremiah last night with the kids how He wished distruction on Judah. }

BUT

I don’t believe He wants us to act like this is the end of the world. And even if it is, I will praise Him. 路‍♀️
Look at how encouraging and hope filled Paul is… over and over… in his writings. While being persecuted. While in prison. While suffering through disease and pandemics of their own. (That grew the church, I might add.)

Philippians 4: 12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . . .
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Y’all. We think we are having a bad year? It hasn’t been pleasant, for sure. And definitely unprecedented for our generations. But I bet the early Christians would have encouraging words for us. Remember that we have others who have gone through so much more than we, and still persevered. They still found joy in Christ.

Things are weird and different now. Some aimed towards Christians, a lot not.

These are my very favorite verses…

Hebrews 12
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Published by Danielle Barker

Hi, I’m Danielle. Momma of five who survives every day with Jesus. I'm somewhere between a crunchy and silky mom. I love theology and relating it to motherhood. Coffee and running keep me sane. ♥️ Best advice? Make your home the place you want to be.

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