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"FEAR NOT" Is Not Enough

  A childhood memory...       The basement of our house was a dark and forbidding place. I hated going down in there where the walls were rough, crumbling dirt. A few old shelves stood along the back wall where canned goods, both metal cans and glass canning jars of home-canned foods, were stored. The furnace was in the middle of the basement and a single bare light bulb hung from the low ceiling-the only light for the basement. The placement of the furnace blocked the light of that dim bulb from reaching many areas of the room and the whole basement was dim and dark with many ominous corners.       The steps descending into that abyss were simple boards that created a rough set of open stairs with a small space behind the steps where the wall could be faintly seen and I always feared what my imagination thought lived back there. In one of the darkest parts of the basement was the potato bin. Dad bought potatoes by the bushel and they were stored in the potato bin, which was only a few

Do You Need Encouragement?


Do You Need Encouragement?

     We all like to be encouraged and sometimes we desperately need encouragement.

 Maybe you live in an atmosphere of discouragement and criticism and you long for encouragement. Maybe you try so hard to do things that would finally bring a compliment, or at least no criticism, but it doesn’t happen. Life can certainly be like that. Some people seem driven to cut others down and it’s sad, isn’t it?

     Have you ever felt like you were starving for encouragement? Have you spent much time in God’s Word and soaked up His assurances and words of encouragement, determined to honor Him and been so thankful for His love and care? What a God we serve! Does it seem that no matter what you do, some person finds fault and criticizes? Life has a way of beating a person down and we need to stay tuned in to God’s Word daily for sustenance.

     Many years ago, I checked out groceries at the grocery store. The cashier handed me my change, looked at me with a smile and said, “Thank you. I hope you have a great rest of the day!” I cried most of the way to my vehicle because it was the nicest thing anyone had said to me that day and I was starving for encouragement or even just a kind word. What a blessing that person was. That person didn’t know I had several small children at home and one of them had severe medical problems which required hours of my time each day, or that money was so tight we didn’t know what to do and that I was exhausted every day from the work load. He didn’t know I was trying to figure out what I could quickly cook for supper so I could get kids to bed and try to sleep more or that my husband was out of work and grouchy or any of the other problems and discouragements I was facing. He just handed me a small bit of kindness and oh, how it was needed. God used that person to encourage me, just a little, and it made an impression on me. I don't remember the person at all, but I do remember the encouragement. 

     Encouragement is powerful and I want to encourage others, including strangers, so I look for opportunities. We don’t know what people around us are going through and we may not see their pain, but God does and He can prompt us to care and to share a kind word, if we are walking with Him.

     Have you ever been encouraged by a stranger? I would love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment below. Also, there is a Subscribe button at the top of the page which will allow you to receive new posts in your email inbox. It's free to sign up! 

     I hope you know Jesus as your personal Savior and are trusting Him for your eternal salvation.


                                                                                 Katherine J Masters

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  1. Encouragement is definitely powerful! Thanks so much for linking up at our party - #FaithAndWorshipChristianWeekend 9.

    1. It is, and I find we all need encouragement at some point!

  2. Thanks so much for the encouragement, we sure need it these days. And thanks for sharing this link at our #FaithAndWorshipChristianWeekend 9

    1. We all do need encouragement... these are hard days... so glad God is always there.


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