Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

At one point or another in our lives we all experience discouragement and doubt. Sometimes it seems that even God has left us to fend for ourselves. This is especially true when tragedy comes into our lives and leaves us broken in despair.

Brokenness is being felt and lived out in people’s lives all over the world—In fact, we are all broken. That’s why God sent his son to live in a frail body like our own and die a cruel death—so that he could relate to our own pain and discouragement. But God went a step further and resurrected his son to show us that this life on earth is not the end!

I recently began working on a devotional for all who are discouraged with this life to give them hope to carry on until the Lord calls us home.

I hope to have the devotional finished by this summer. Below are excerpts from the devotional. I would appreciate your prayers in this work.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

There are very few people who will associate with those who are broken and  despondent, but God chooses to abide with them until he has healed them. He himself lays on the ointment of grace, and wraps us in the soft gauze of love, and thus binds up the bleeding wounds of those convinced that they are broken beyond repair. This is the compassion of God. The Lord is always healing and binding. This is nothing new to him; for he has done it since the ancient times. And it is not a thing of the past of which he grew tired of. Just as he did in the days of Elijah; just as he did for Job; and just as he did through the apostles, he will do for us as well.  So come, you who are broken! Come to the Great Physician who never fails to heal! Open your wounds to him so he can tenderly bind them up!

“The base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen…” (1 Corinthians 1:28)

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:15

So many of us feel as if we don’t belong; that we don’t fit in anywhere. If something is broken, we generally discard it. However, God uses broken things to accomplish his purposes. Sometimes the trials and tragedies that we’ve endured have left us feeling discouraged and less than whole. Years ago I worked in the flooring industry. When carpet layers had leftover carpet from a job, they would bring it back to the store and it would be sold as a remnant at a reduced price because it could not be used on the job. A remnant is something that was once part of a whole but was cut off as unusable. But the apostle says that that is exactly who God is looking for! The ones that others view as unusable—the ones who feel that they are too despised; too broken to be used of God. But the truth is, we should rejoice in our brokenness, because that is when God will use us.

Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the  LORD.  Psalms 150:6

It’s very easy to be thankful in times of prosperity. But a true Christian will bless the Lord even in times of adversity. When we are bowed down under the burden of our trials is when we are more aware of how utterly unworthy we are of the least of His blessings. Then, even small blessings will draw out a voice of praise. There is much the Christian can learn from the Psalmist when he writes: “I will praise the LORD according to HIS righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.”  – Psalms 7:17-

Through every changing day                       

With each new trial I mark

How wonderful are your ways O God

That guide me through the dark

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  Psalms 43

God created you amazingly unique and special. That’s why there is no one in this entire universe who is exactly like you.

No one else:

Thinks the way you think; Feels the way you feel; Loves the way you Love; Smiles the way you smile; Laughs the way you laugh; Hurts the way you hurt, or cries the way you cry.

From the hair on your head to your very unique toenails, God created you to be one of a kind; just like every sparkling snowflake. And there is no one else like you. Never was, and never ever will be.

God created you beautiful, inside out. You are God’s unique treasure. That’s how special you are. That’s how much you are loved and cherished by God.

And God wants you to experience the light of His love and grace and share it with others; His light that is more glorious and brighter than thousands of suns.

And if you are not there to shine God’s light who knows how many travelers in this journey will miss God’s love and light as they pass by you in the darkness.

So please, let God’s light of love and grace shine through you so others will see it and come out of the darkness and into God’s marvelous light.

Then they too, will awaken to the truth and realize how unique and special they really are.

Adapted from a  poem by ~ Kiran Shaikh