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Words of Encouragement
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“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” ~ Isaiah 61:1-3 Beauty for ashes — We hear this phrase and read this passage often in meetings and Bible studies; however, when you dive into the sentences surrounds this popular quote, we learn that there is far more to this chapter than the promise of making beauty for ashes! We all want to be free and become beautiful, but, as I was a Bible study last Tuesday night, I read this passage with new eyes and felt tears well up in my eyes at the magnificence of the words. Believers are told that our mission is to share the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom with the world. If you are on fire for God, then you can’t help but shout His majesty to everyone around you, but, as I read Isaiah 61:1-3, I realized that there is more to plight than just spreading the news of Yeshua. According to the Scripture, we are to serve the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, bring light into the darkness, proclaim both God’s year of favor and day of vengeance, comfort and provide for those who are grieving, and anoint them with joy instead of mourning. We are to be there for our brothers and sister in Yeshua and help lead them towards their Heavenly Father. We can sow as many seeds of the Gospel as we like, but at some point, God is going to call us to help water, sow, and glean the harvest! When God revealed all of this to me, I heard Him say, “This is the calling I have placed on your life.” Through my upcoming books and blog posts, I feel God using me to reach those who are trapped or lonely by sharing His Word and pointing them towards them the door where there is freedom. I want to be one of the oaks of righteousness as found in verse 3, and pray that others will join me so that we will become an active forest that displays His splendor!
God has chosen you! Whatever you need, He will provide and guide you! After a fantastic trip to London, I’ve come back to Israel and feel like something is missing. Rereading my prayers from this week, I noticed that most of my requests had to do with relationships. One of my greatest desires, right now, is to find new friends and make new connections. No longer wanting to feel like an outsider, I bowed at the feet of my Father and gave all my worries and hopes to Him. I serve a God who is faithful and always listening. As I poured my heart out to Him each day, He heard my prayers and answered them. Last night, I had the chance to meet up with a friend who was visiting from the States and somehow found myself in a room of girls my age who are living just 20 minutes away from me! I came home really encouraged and knew I needed to share this story with you. If you are feeling discouraged or lonely, take your cares to the Lord because He waiting with outstretched arms and open ears to comfort and help you. Please feel free to send me a message if you would like someone to chat and pray with!
Life is an incredible gift from God, and having the chance to watch plants sprout, animals grow, and humans age is such an honor! There couldn’t be a better time for this verse than today. The world is waking up to the glory of our Lord, and listening to people talk about the Bible! Through all the pain, suffering, and sadness, there is still hope to be found in Yeshua the Messiah, and I’m beyond excited to see more people come to know their Heavenly Father! 🙌🏼😊
What’s your morning routine? Do you wake up early to spend time with God before you’re busy day begins, or do you hit snooze until you have to rush to get ready?
What battles are you facing today? As humans, our power and ability only stretch so far. If you’re in the midst of a war, hand the reins over to the Lord because He alone can give you the power to defeat the enemy! 🐎
No matter what temptations or struggles you’re facing, today, be encouraged that Yeshua has overcome the world and that His Word contains all we need to fight the battles that are raging against us. Strive to live a pure, godly, life and don’t feel ashamed to tell people about your hardships. Remember, even Yeshua was tempted; however, the devil has no power when the Spirit of God is living within us! “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV
A word that keeps coming into my mind, this week, is WISDOM! As we get ready to make atonement for Yom Kippur, which starts tonight, I’m excited to see where God is going to lead me. I’ll be dedicating my day to studying wisdom and the Temple of the Lord. What are you studying right now?
Even when exhaustion has taken all of my energy, I will still look to the Lord to replenish me!
Praying for those who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian and for those who are in its path. May the winds change and the storm calm before it hits land again! 🙏🏼
I didn't make it. I was so close, but I didn't push hard enough. One day. One day I will reach my goal. I'm not going to give up. This mountain will be climbed! This race will be won! We all experience failure; however, we cannot let it defeat us! Each mountain we climb shows how strong we're becoming. I might not be able to declare the words of this scripture today, but there will come a day where I will reach the summit and finally be ready to shout, "I have finished the race!"
What does being saved mean to you? Following last week’s post, we’re continuing on the subject of salvation. According to this passage of scripture, found in Romans 10, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9) However, is that all we must do to claim our salvation? And can we lose that salvation once we’ve obtained it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Tomorrow, I will be sharing my answer, so stay tuned. 😊 📷: YouVersion
Praise report: My dad was just at the doctor to get an update on his heart, and the doctor was blown away by the results! My dad’s LVEF, left ventricular ejection fraction, is now at 50% (It was at 30%)!! In two months he will be given the all-clear! Through this whole process, we have trusted in the Father and gone 90% natural. “By His stripes, we are healed!!” HALLELUJAH! 🥳 📷: YouVersion
Have you ever felt guilty for not spending enough time with God? Has your week been so crazy that your normal prayer or journal time hasn’t lasted as long as you would’ve liked? Our faith does not depend on the amount of time we spend in God’s presence. Faith is not measured by the hours we spend reading the Word or in prayer, it’s measured by how we live our lives and obey God’s Word! We don’t have to read an entire book in the Bible or pray for hours to be spiritual or feel close to God. Don’t get me wrong, those are all great things to do, but when we’re running around the whole day it’s not always feasible to do on a daily basis. Making a habit of spending time with God is awesome, but remember that your version of quality time might not be somebody else’s. Don’t let others shame you or tell you that you just need to get up earlier because we shouldn’t have to force time with God. There are days where I can’t find the words to pray, and I’m learning that that’s okay. Being in a relationship with God is about more than reading or praying, it’s about expressing His truth to others and also being open to hearing where He wants us to go. I want to encourage you to not beat yourself up if you can’t take more than a couple of minutes to sit alone with God today because He is always with you and remains in you no matter where you go. Use each day to produce good fruit and follow where the Spirit leads. Remain in Him, and He will remain in you! (My thoughts after reading John 15) 📷: YouVersion
Is the Lord speaking to you, today? Are you in a season of waiting? Cry out to the Lord, “Lord, I’m here, send me!” Your time will come, but you must be ready! However, the place He might send you might not be somewhere remote, but in your backyard. Open your eyes and ears to see and hear where the Spirit is leading you. Life isn’t just about finding a job and settling, it’s about going where the Lord tell you and answering when adventure calls! LORD, HERE I AM! SEND ME!!! 📷: YouVersion
What has God been teaching you lately? It’s not easy to hear about our flaws or have them highlighted, but sometimes it’s important to recognize the areas that need to change or be worked on. I’m not one of the first people to say this, but I will happily admit that I need lots of guidance and teaching. I don’t believe that anyone is perfect and there will always things that need work, but I’m also of the belief that you need to be the first to reach for that change. Whatever the Lord is telling me, I strive to put into practice, and I hope you do too. Let’s go on this journey together, you’re not alone! If you’re struggling today, send me a message and we can uplift one another in the word and wisdom that is found in the Bible and through our God! 😇 📷: YouVersion
Friendships are an essential part of life. We cannot make it through life without help and encouragement. Friends are there to keep you on course and help life be more meaningful. Godly friendships are a blessing. Having someone who uplifts you up in the Word of God and prays with you is priceless. Though most friendships only last for a season, there’s some that last for a lifetime. I’m so blessed to have at least one friend who encourages me to follow God and listen to His voice. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for having such friends. It’s also awesome to watch them become the people God has called them to be and help them when they feel down. Like it says in Proverbs 18:24, “...There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” If you have such a friend, consider yourself blessed. Cherish your friendship and if you haven’t heard from them in a while, send them a message that says you’re thinking of them, it’ll really make their day! 🙋🏻♀️ 📷: YouVersion
The Bible says that we should love everyone, yet it also tells us that we should be sincere in our love. It can be challenging to speak up when you see insincerity, but it’s better to be truthful than remain silent to please others. Hold onto the relationships that help you grow and the people who are looking for the best in yourself and others. Life is too short to have long-term relationships with people who only make you feel frustrated and bring you down! 📷: YouVersion
After a crazy, intense, week, I’m so thankful it’s Shabbat! No matter what happened in your life this week, rest today in God’s presence and revel in His peace and understanding. He is in control, there is nothing more you can do, so rest your bodies to prepare for the coming week! “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV 📷: YouVersion
How often do you pray? Do you find yourself speaking to God only when things aren’t going well? It’s an immediate reaction after hearing that someone is sick or if you’re applying for a job you like, but what about the days when things are going great? Don’t you think God wants to hear about the positive parts of your life as well? In Ephesians 6, it says that we are to pray in the Spirit on all occasions, not just when we find our faith wavering. Don’t wait for a disaster or sad event to happen before talking to God, He wants to speak to you now and hear what is on your heart. God is with you through all things, the stressful and the joyful moments. There isn’t a time limit, even if you only pray for a couple of minutes, you’ll be surprised at the revelations that come your way. Going into your room, closing the door, and opening your ears to hear what God has to say to you will help you learn more about yourself than when you are surrounded by a crowd of people. So, today, take a couple of minutes to thank God for this beautiful day and tell Him about what is going on in your life. Make sure you also give Him time to say something to you. We can feel so self-conscious that we think that every second needs to be filled with words, but sometimes silence could be the key to unlocking the combination you’ve been having a hard time remembering. 📷: YouVersion
Losing friends, switching jobs, and changing schedules can be strenuous. We all go through periods of change, but what we might not realize is that this period can also be God’s way of pruning out the branches that aren’t producing fruit in your life. It may seem that your world is turning upside down, but even in the midst of stress and indecision, remember that God is with you and has something greater in store your life! Don’t hold onto the branches that aren’t being fruitful or uplifting your life; be ready for a change and when the day comes, embrace it! 🤗 📷: YouVersion
Do you feel you isolated? Maybe you’ve been praying for God to bring you friends. We go through so many things in life that having someone to listen and encourage you is really important. Sometimes, though, we don’t have that luxury and have to go through it alone. I believe that we all must go through a season of loneliness in order to learn who we are and who our God is. Once we’ve established our faith and delight in Him, then our prayers and desires will be met according to God’s plan on our lives. Last night, I dreamt about events that happened in my childhood, and when I woke up, I wished that things were different, and I was in a place where I had more people around me. However, I realized that even though I want to experience the fun times I had years ago again, I will never fit in in this world. Even if you’re surrounded by friends or people, that doesn’t mean that the things we desire will be met. Friends are an essential part of life, but it’s better to have a few than many, even if your closest friends live thousands of miles away. I know it’s difficult, but keep praying for the things you want and ask the Lord to show you how to fulfill these desires. We can pray all we want, but sometimes the answer lies in stepping out of our comfort zones rather than waiting for God to bring it to your front door. God is not the postal service, pray and ask God to open the doors, then go after them! 📷: YouVersion
Freedom. Whenever I hear that word I immediately think of the scene from Braveheart, “FREEDOM!” As this verse says, we are called to live in freedom; but, the second part explains that just because we are free, doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want... Whatever our flesh wants. There is always a price we must pay for freedom; however because Yeshua paid the price for us, we can come freely to the Father and have a relationship with Him! The difference between our flesh and the Spirit: Our flesh has a sinful nature and will always pull us to do things that aren’t rooted in God; while the Spirit is righteous and will always lead us onto the path of wisdom, understanding, and faith. So, which one will you choose? We cannot follow both. There will be instances where the flesh wins out since we are human, but understand that God is always waiting for you to come to Him. Verses 19-23 in this chapter couldn’t have explained it any better. The lists show what the flesh desires versus what comes out of following the voice of the Spirit. We all have the desire to be good, but we also have an evil nature that we can either embrace or keep buried. I encourage you to walk in harmony with one another and listen to the Spirit’s direction. It’s pretty neat to hear His voice and see the outcome of our obedience. At the end of the day, the choice is yours so choose wisely! 📷: YouVersion
“Teach us to number our days...” Psalm 90:12 may be a small verse, but its words contain a world of wisdom. There’s nothing scarier than being in a hospital bed and thinking, “This is it.” What’s worse is sitting in that bed and wondering about all the things that still need to get done. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched my dad go into hospital and then come out as if nothing serious just happened. As I’ve watched, I’ve learned new wisdoms that all root in one lesson: In the end nothing else matters except the lives of the people around you. We can go out and buy gifts or do grand gestures, but none of that is more important than spending time with the people you love. Just sitting there listening to their concerns or desires is more effective than getting them a new phone or bouquet of flowers, though it is appreciated. Everyone has a different love language that they respond to more, there being five in total; but no matter which one is in your top ranking, I think we will all agree that quality time is crucial. Having health scares wakes you up to the reality about how mortal our lives are. We only have a short time on this earth to create our footprints, so don’t let life slip you by. What is the thing you want people to remember you by? Think about that question as you go through your day, and also ask yourself if you’re doing what it takes to fulfill your answer. Use your life to make a difference and impact the lives of those around you. Follow God’s voice and always be open to where He wants you to go. I really don’t like seeing people run themselves to the ground because we’ve been taught the philosophy that we, ourselves, come last when in actuality our body’s needs should come first. Without our bodies, we cannot serve or be the people God has called us to be, so take care of your body and when you need a time out, take it! There will always be someone who won’t appreciate what you’re doing, but don’t let that stop you. It’s better to have the ability to give something your all than drive yourself to the ground trying to please more people than your body can handle. Our days are numbered, don’t live your life safe or with regrets, take the plunge or go on the adventure that’s been on your heart for years! 🤗 📷: YouVersion
It’s safe to say that this week did not go as planned. If you would’ve told me a week ago that I would still be in Israel and not going to my best friend’s wedding, I would’ve laughed and said, “No way!” However, here I am, sitting in the kitchen with a bowl of cereal still in Israel... People react to disappointment in different ways. Some scream, cry and don’t accept what is happening to them; while others, though still sad, decide to dwell on positive rather than negative emotions to pull them through. I’m a mixture of both. At the beginning of this trial, I had moments where I sobbed and got angry; but as I learned that nothing would’ve changed had I seen my error earlier, I quickly came to terms with my new reality. I would not be sitting here writing this had I not leaned on God and continuously prayed for His peace and wisdom to help me through this week. He has been my rock, and now that the trauma is over, I’m finally able to collect my thoughts. I’m a true believer in everything happening for a reason, and though I don’t understand it right now, I might find out one day. So, instead of seething in bitterness and disappointment, I’ve decided that my time is better spent thanking God for His guidance and the strength He gave me to make it through this exhausting week. Stay tuned for the blog explaining the events that have led me to where I am today. Shabbat Shalom! “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV 📷: YouVersion
Romans 8 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It’s all about living life by the Spirit and trusting in God for all our needs and being His children. We are all called to live according to His purpose and follow His commands, which can be easy to do when we’re happy, and everything seems to be going well in our lives; but what happens when the unexpected flips your world upside down? I’m supposed to be in the States right now. My best friend is getting married next Sunday, and as one of her bridesmaids, my presence is needed; however, as I was packing for my trip, I felt unrest and panic come over me. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to travel and how easy it is for me to pack and leave, but this time was different. I was stressed about what I needed to pack, and hours before my taxi arrived to take me to the airport, I couldn’t calm down. As I prayed, I asked God to show me what I was missing and give me peace; what God revealed was anything but what I expected! From the very beginning, I’ve given this trip over to the Lord. I know that there is only so much I can do and am trusting that He will work His miracles if I am to truly called to be a part of this wedding and be in the States at this time. Tomorrow I will know for sure whether or not I will be boarding my flight on Wednesday. Thinking about it makes my heart pound, but I’m refusing to allow myself to get worked up; instead, I'm focusing on getting ready for my meeting and praying. Are you going through a testing time right now? Maybe you’re facing a giant and have no idea how to defeat him. Well, I encourage you to meditate on Romans 8 and allow the Holy Spirit to show you what you need to do. I’m so thankful God revealed the thing I was missing before it was too late, though the timing couldn’t have been worse. All things work together for those who are called according to His purpose! 📷: YouVersion
Even though stress may overtake us and fear can paralyze us, our spirits are being renewed each day, and we WILL NOT falter. Be encouraged today that whatever you’re going through, you will make it to the other side and prevail. Last night I was completely stressed and overwhelmed by the decisions I have to make this week, but after reading these Scriptures, I once again feel like I’m standing on solid ground! “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV 📷: YouVersion
Today, I found out that someone I know has been in a rock climbing accident and is currently in the ICU. His family and friends are gathering together tonight to stand in agreement and pray that the swelling in his brain will go down. His sister quoted Matthew 18:20 in her post, and as I read this chapter, tonight, I felt the need to write this short post. What are you praying for today? Maybe you’re don’t know what decision you should make, or you’re sick and want healing. Whatever your needs, the Bible frequently talks about bringing those requests before the Father, and He will answer you. The Lord hears us wherever we are; however, Matthew 18 says that when two or more are gathered in Yeshua’s name, he will be with them. Standing in prayer with close family and friends, or even as a church, is powerful. When we are in unity with one another, the Spirit has the chance to move through us and reveal the solutions to what we've been asking for. So, tonight, please stand with me in prayer for Carson’s healing. And also, if you have any prayer requests or testimonies, write them in the comments below or on Inspire-Truth’s website. We are all a part of the body of Messiah and shouldn’t feel alone when going through tough times. Our God is faithful through all things! “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20 NIV 📷: YouVersion
Did you ever play Monopoly as a kid? Maybe you still do. Was there ever a moment when you landed on someone’s property, but they didn’t notice? Did you tell them and pay the amount owed or did you sit quietly and hope they wouldn’t notice? Over the last couple of days, my family and I have been playing Monopoly every night. I have yet to win, but I realized something interesting at the end of tonight’s game. On more than one occasion my dad forgot to ask my mom or me for rent and each time I was the one who reminded him. I also helped when they didn’t move their tokens to the right spaces, even though it usually caused me more harm than good. At one point my mom told me to stop helping my dad, but I couldn’t because I have too loud a conscience and don’t like cheating to win a game. Micah 6:8 tells us that the Lord requires us to Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly. Nowhere in this verse does it have the words, “Unless it does not benefit yourself.” In EVERYTHING we do, we are called, no required, to be honest and humble with God, ourselves and others. It’s not always going to be an easy task, and you might not get a reward; but doing the right thing is about more than helping yourself, it’s about helping others and watching them be blessed as a result. Tonight, God reminded me that even though I didn’t win at Monopoly, I never lost my integrity or honesty. It wasn’t exactly pleasant to watch my dad take over half of the board, while I only had one set of property, but at least he’d earned it. If you’re in a situation where you’ve seen someone doing something wrong or notice someone about to walk away from a great opportunity, don’t stand back in silence, call attention to those things! It’s not a comfortable task, but we shouldn’t stand by when we have a chance to speak into someone’s life; sometimes the biggest blessing is seeing someone else be blessed or find God. Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. 📷: YouVersion
1 Timothy 4:14-15, “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” When I was a little girl, I discovered my passion for writing. As I grew older, my dreams of becoming a writer never left my mind, though I considered other options; however, it wasn’t until friends, family, and mentors spoke into my life and encouraged me to pursue writing that I felt like I had something to share. Creating Inspire-Truth was only the beginning! After being inspired by Rachel Hollis’s post about writing a book, I have finally started to set goals and sit down to write the stories that have been on my heart for years. Once I got over the roadblock that the first draft won’t be perfect, I felt the barriers lift, and words suddenly started to flow into the page again. You have a gift, use it! Never give up on your dreams or callings; God has put those desires on your heart for a reason and has given you the gifts to fulfill those dreams. It’s always scary take that leap of faith, but by using your gifts and following God’s guidance, nothing will be impossible! 📷: YouVersion
Actions speak louder than words. Sometimes, words aren’t what’s needed in a situation; just being there for a friend or loved one can make a difference. Don’t miss the opportunity to show love; it takes more effort to be hateful than loving. So, let’s portray the love of the Messiah to those around us, today! 📷: YouVersion
Psalm 119 is an intimidating chapter to read; however, it’s full of encouragement and wisdom that I needed to hear tonight. Lately, I’ve been praying about where the Father is leading me and what I’m supposed to be doing while I wait for His answer. I have a habit of trying to figure out my options by myself instead of giving them to God, but Psalm 119 reminded me that I need to turn to the Father and read His Word before settling on any decision. If you’re feeling stuck in the mud and have zero motivation, take time to pray and read the Bible. Not every day will be a productive one, but each day is a step towards our future; so don't beat yourself up when things go slow. Life isn't always a smooth ride, there will be times where the day’s biggest accomplishment is doing a load of washing or reading the longest chapter in the Bible.😉 Whatever the day brings, find achievement the small things you got done, and remember... You’ve got this!🙋🏻♀️ 📷: YouVersion
Psalm 91 has been a real comfort to me, over the last couple of days, as I’ve been battling a couple of my fears. Imaginations tend to run wild, especially mine, so we have to keep track of what is reality and what is fantasy. Knowing God is my shelter and protector has put me at ease when I’m feeling afraid; and with this chapter, I’m starting to take control of my fears! 📷 from: YouVersion
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