Monday, June 2, 2014

Encouragement For Your Soul: You Are Valuable! & Don't Ever, Ever Give Up

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.  ~Psalm 139: 14

It's often the storms of life that can seriously attack our sense of self-worth...
To look at ourselves in the mirror, take a good long gander, do some serious self-examination & render the verdict:
you're not worthy. 

The trials of life have a way of doing that; making us feel like less than the rest of mankind...

Why do we need to be continually reminded of the value of each life??
 Of ourselves & of others around us??

Why does it seem much, much EASIER to believe that our futures are dim, our prospects not bright, then the truth that was written down for EVERY. single. one. of. us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  ~Jeremiah 29: 11

Life is often a series of ups, and downs, all the in-betweens.
And it's like that for each & every single person...

But for the believer: we know the truth.
The truth about you & I.

That we are not alone.
That we are not forsaken.
That we are not 'cast offs'; rejects; failures, totally broken.

We have been redeemed by a loving & compassionate God who never, EVER gives up on us!

He has been to me; 
my Healer
my Provider
my Encourager
my Strength
my Hope
my Love

the One that through so many challenges of life, has whispered to my heart over & over...
"don't give up!"

If you are experiencing some sort of difficulty in this season, I would say the same three words to you :)


I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8: 18

True story: feeling down a couple weeks ago, going through some life 'stuff'& had to lay down some activities just to get by for the time being (blogging, extra-curriculars, etc.)

Then the thoughts come to taunt, "you are not missed...what you are doing is not important anyway...just give up & stick to yourself!"

If you're a believer, and know your Bible, we all know where those words come from!!!
Straight from the liar himself.

I felt my heart groaning within me.
I cried out to the Lord daily for fresh encouragement, vision & strength.

He brought it.

A friend took the time to msg me & let me know she was thinking of me.
Another let me know that she missed me 'online' (we're blogging buds).
A few more msged me to ask if I needed anything.
Some texts.
A call.
Invites for tea, coffee & meals.

For my birthday, a few friends joined me for one of my all-time favs: sushi buffet!!!
I was also completely taken aback by some beautiful rose buds from two of my fav sisters :)

Listen, church, we are the hands & feet of Jesus.
On the one hand we may be the one hurting & in need of some help; on the other hand we may be the one who can be ready & willing to do the encouraging...

...until it's time to trade; for we all go through our seasons of ups & downs; valleys & mountains.

 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 
~1 Thessalonians 5: 11

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  1. Jeremiah 29;11 is one of my favorite scriptures, Rachel. I am glad you took the break, and laid a few things down. God rewards that obedience with more than our striving ever could. I am glad, too, you were encouraged by dear hearts close to yours. That is something that we all need.

  2. Hi Rachel,

    Happy birthday! What lovely flowers from your sisters. I celebrated a birth recently too, and spent some time reflecting and journaling.

    Hopping over from Ann's link up. Hello to a fellow homeschooling mom too. :)

    Jennifer Dougan

  3. This was a lovely post. I know too well how wonderful a liar the enemy is and how easily he can sometimes get us to believe his lies. I have experienced something similar where on the day that I felt "down", the Lord showed me the truth by the simple gestures of others on the day that I most needed it.

  4. Rachel, happy birthday. Really appreciate your sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. Cheers and have a nice day.

  5. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful thought.

  6. Thankyou for these words of encouragement! Much needed! Thanks for linking up at Wake Me Up Wednesday, too :-)

  7. Thanks for linking up at Wake Me Up Wednesday, and for these lovely words of encouragement!

  8. Hi, so wonderful. I love Sushi too. Glad you got to have a great day with friends.

    Mary-andering Creatively



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