Are You Happy? [Short, Encouraging Words]

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Are you happy? I mean deep inside where no one else sees. If not, you are not alone. We’re all running and chasing after happiness. Sometimes we catch up to her and enjoy her sweetness. Other times, she seems a million miles away and we’re left feeling abandoned and discouraged. There are also times she seems so close we can see her face, and yet each time we grab hold of her hand she slips away. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find her, hold on, and never be separated from her? Is this wishful thinking?

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Can’t Find JOY? [Short Encouraging Words]

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh.8:10

JOY! What a powerful word! We seek it with all our heart, and we would do most anything to find it!

But how do we get it? How do we experience a cheerful heart in daily life?

The simplest way is obviously to do everything in our power to have life go well for us, to experience sunny days and all good things. But we all know that’s not possible, at least not every single day. There are many things that are simply out of our control. And so we must dig deeper for the source of unending joy. And mostly, we must choose it daily!

All too often we depend on our circumstances to make us happy. However, JOY based on circumstances alone is like being on a roller coaster ride . . .

One day UP, one day DOWN, up, down, up, down… ever changing, uncertain, it drains our energy and makes us weak.

However, JOY based on the LORD ( a confident trust in His Word, His promises, and His nature) is a firm foundation for our lives! For while we travel up and down along life’s journey, we remain stable, strong, unshakable, and full of joy and peace.

Take heart dear friend! Joy is not hidden from you. It’s as close as Jesus is to you. And He is right beside you. Jesus is your friend. He loves you, and wants to impart His joy you you. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence is fullness of joy!

Now, look up. Go about your day with eyes fixed on Jesus. Lean on Him. Talk to Him. Meditate on His Word. Sing His praise. Draw your hope from Him. Believe that He loves you, is walking beside you, and working ALL things for your good. Let Him be your strength. He won’t fail you.

Dear God,

Help me not to rely on my feelings today, but on you! Steady my soul. Help me to become more aware of your presence with me. And mostly, help me to experience your peace and joy. Amen 

Find more encouragement in my latest book: “Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends!”

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How the Virus Stole Easter, by Kristi Bothur

How the Virus Stole Easter
By Kristi Bothur

With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

“Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, Look Up!

A prayer for troubled hearts.

Encouraging words for troubled hearts . . .

Beloved of God, let not your heart be troubled. Look up! Lift your eyes above all the chaos and noise and discouraging news updates. Look to God. Trust him with all your heart. Talk to him continually. Hold fast to his faithful promises and love for you, and find peace…

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3).

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Pawz and Pray,

Sweet Jesus, help me to lift my thoughts above all the disquieting things around me. Help me to center my thoughts on you, and find peace. Amen. 

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When Life Hurts Cling to These 3 Powerful Truths

When life hurts cling to these powerful truths

Encouraging words for troubled hearts . . .

When life hurts, there are many powerful Truths in God’s Word to lean on. These 3 often bring me the most comfort. If you’re hurting today, for any reason, cling to these 3 powerful truths:
God is good,
God loves you,
God is with you!

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Sweet Jesus, when life hurts, help me to refocus on your goodness and love, and all your blessings. Thank you for being with me every moment of the day, for being my help, my anchor, and my hope. Amen. 

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