Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 3: What to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

writing-note-cardEncouraging others is a great way to triumph over discouragement in our own lives. Over the last two weeks, we have looked at what the Bible had to say about who and how to encourage. This week we will look at scriptures regarding what to encourage. Continue reading

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Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 2: How to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

father-sonLast week, in Part: 1 – Who to Encourage, we briefly reviewed a list of scriptures that gave us several examples of those we can begin encouraging. This week, we’ll look at what the Bible has to say about how to encourage others. Continue reading

Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 1: Who to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

discourage-encourageNo one is exempt from discouragement. It’s universal. A disheartening remark from a family member, friend, or co-worker can easily change one’s mood for the rest of the day. A negative word from a teacher or school counselor has often resulted in a struggling student giving up on succeeding. A devastating incident, a prolonged sickness, or the sudden death of a loved one has the potential to cause an already stressed person to spiral downward even further. Continue reading

Finding Joy at All Times

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.” (James 1:2 – NAS)

Waiting in LineA couple of years ago, my husband and I went to the post office to rent a mail box. There was a long line of customers, because only two postal workers were available. One of the workers was taking care of passport applicants. The other was waiting on the rest of us. Continue reading