Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Encouragement for an Autumn Tuesday

October already. Where does the time go? Sometimes I wish I could just slow things down a little. 

I decided to postpone my weekly bit of encouragement for today because I was finishing up Blogtember yesterday. So I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday on this beautiful autumn day. 

With my hubby working up north (only two more days woohoo) I have been spending a lot of time over at my parent’s house. A few nights ago I pulled a late night with my two younger siblings (side note, sisters and brothers have to be one of the most wonderful things in the world). 

We were talking about life and about goals. Some advice that my sister was giving my brother reminded me of something I used to, and occasionally still, struggle with. 

When I was growing up my parents always told me how smart I was. As a homeschooled student, I didn’t feel that I could properly gauge that for myself. I got straight A’s but my parents, the ones who cared most about me, graded my work. I distinctly remember thinking, “does my dad really think I am smart? Or is he concerned that I am not too bright and that is why he tries to encourage me?” I struggled with this question until I got out of high school, feeling uncertain about myself and my abilities. It was a legitimate fear that I had. In retrospect, I know where the thoughts came from, and it wasn’t from the father of the heavenly lights. 

After I began my first semester in college I realized that I had been listening to a lie for years. Why would I ever doubt myself? Why would you ever doubt yourself?

I know there are some scriptures that you have heard a million times. “Yeah, yeah, I know I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)…. I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)… I know I have a spirit of power and of love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).” But do you really know?

I know for myself, if I could really grab a hold of these truths I wouldn’t doubt myself any longer. These are only a few passages that I thought of off the top of my head. There are so many scriptures that affirm God’s promises for your life; so many truths that really need to be imbedded in your mind. 

So if you ever struggle with doubts or thoughts that are not lining up with the word of God then cast them down. Stop listening to those lies of the world and of the devil. Find some scriptures for yourself that reinforce your faith and encourage you in all of your endeavors. 

He said you can do ALL things! 

P.S. Isn’t my niece the most beautiful little six year old in the world?


  1. Jonni- Thanks for sharing this on the Faith & Fellowship link-up! Needed it today :)

  2. Hi Lura! I am so glad that it ministered to you :)


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