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Encouraging Words

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Holleu Gerth has invited bloggers to link up with encouraging words on Wednesdays, and this Wednesday she asks, “What encouraging words do you want the people you care about to hear as they begin a new year?”

Are you still feeling like the year is new? Bright with promise, expectation?

Has it already blown in to anxiety and burden?

Let’s look quickly at a scripture that shines like diamonds to me:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

(Titus 2:11-14 in the NIV (1984) because that’s how I memorized it back in the 80s when I first encountered it.)

There’s so much to unpack in this passage.

I think it’s great that it’s in Titus 2: a popular chapter for women to write on, encouraging each other to be Titus 2 women…as in teaching younger women, being mentors or having a mentor.

But just for today I want to encourage you with these words.

In new year 2014, fraught with the unknown, it is still true that God’s grace appears.

That reminds me of the poet’s words:
Every bush aflame with the glory of God
but only those with eyes to see take off their shoes–
The rest sit around and pick blackberries.

(Sorry poet, I memorized that without remembering your name!)

God’s grace is everywhere, teaching us: “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and “Yes” to self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this year of grace, 2014.

Looking for God’s grace…

…tomorrow Lord willing I will write on my One Word for 2014.

Until then be encouraged by God’s grace with you, and his purpose for us:
A people who are his very own, eager to do what is good!

Thanks and praise to God!

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Comments on: "Encouraging Words" (4)

  1. words on wednesdays. i like it.
    i’m gang-buster, rip-roaring excited about 2014.
    it’s gonna great!
    it started off great. new years was fun with my family and with friends. it’s nice and quiet at work right now. my triathlon club is ramping up for a fun year too.

    ‘eager to do what is good’.
    i love that part.
    changing habits to good habits. liking what is right. that’s some good stuff. it’s a change of heart. it’s a good heart which loves good stuff, the right stuff.

    cheers! joe

  2. Thanks so much for linking up today with Coffee for Your Heart, friend! XOXO

  3. Rosemary B said:

    Just to hit the “pause” button and think about encouraging words encourages me. What do I have in me to say to loved ones? Such a good question.
    After surviving the very frigid weather that found its way to my state, I headed off this morning to a breakfast meeting. Everything around me was cold and brittle, but I forged ahead, driving right into a sunrise. The intense colors of dawn literally streaked across the sky, magenta first, then soft pinks, then golden. The heavens were declaring the glory of God right before me. The music, acapella praise, dovetailed with the beauty. It felt like a moment for taking off one’s shoes.

    • Rosie, that’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing the moment with us. It’s a good word for the new…year. Praise. Taking off one’s shoes.

      Beth Werner Lee: Child of God through faith in Christ Jesus, daughter of John and Helen, wife of Maurice, mother of Ravinia, friend, homeschooling teacher (8th grade); Westmont Continuo section leader; leader of the pack for 1yr old Maple

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