January 1, 2021 Word of Encouragement

Post by Dyane Forde

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I just finished reading a YouVersion devotional called “Meeting With God” (see link below). I love Day 6. It talks about prayer and how Christians sometimes try everything except prayer, when they face problems.

An explanation about why this is came to me while I was reading: we don’t pray because we don’t believe God really cares for or hears us, or we fear He won’t answer. Taking the latter point further, maybe we fear that when He answers, we won’t like His response.

During these extremely difficult times, it’s easy to feel defeated, discouraged, even helpless. The world is on edge, and we may be fearful for the future. I have been on vacation from my work as a social worker these last two weeks, but my subconscious has been fighting back waves of stress and worry about going back to work next week. I feel dread and anxious. I’m worried. But deep down, I know that God has me there for a reason, which means I have a purpose there. My struggle is to trust that He will carry me through whatever I will face upon my return. To do that–to grab hold of His strength and to deepen my faith in Him–I must pray.

In truth, regardless of what we think or feel, God is true. He is the Lover of our souls, and He works on our behalf for our good.

I hope these words encourage and support you, if you are struggling with something in your life. Let’s trust God today. As His children, let’s cry out to Him. Let’s pray to Him today.


8 thoughts on “January 1, 2021 Word of Encouragement

  1. Hi Dyane
    Thank you so much for such a uplifting post, I have just added this plan for later as I am reading a few. You are right there are lots of struggles we feel we should be able to handle on our own. But the truth is The Lord is available for us 24/7 and He is ready and waiting for us no matter what. There’s nothing too big or too small that He cannot handle.

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  2. What an encouraging post, Dyane, thank you.

    The joy of the Lord is our strength!

    When we feel weak, His joy empowers us. And, His Holy Spirit lives in each believer. What a resource!!

    Matthew 25:21, “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (NKJV)

    Our Abba rejoices when we are faithful in even the little things!!!

    I often think I need to be doing “big things” for God. If He has called me to do the little things, He rejoices (has a big party) when I am faithful in doing the little things.

    Amen and amen! Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.


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