Have you ever felt discouraged? Hopeless? Overwhelmed? Sad? Are you feeling any of those in the present moment? I have been doing a bible study on Psalm 23 and one of the verses grabbed onto my heart in a new way than it has ever had before.
“Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” – Psalm 23:4 NLT
The part that God highlighted to me was the word “when”. Other translations say “even though” (NIV); and “Yea, though” (NKJV). The word “when” implies that it is going to happen. This tells me that going through difficult times is going to be a part of my life’s journey and it is going to be a part of yours. Some of us try to avoid the difficult times and some of us may deny that they exist. There will be others that will face them head on and fight through them. You see, there are many different ways that people cope with the difficulties in their lives. Some of the ways are healthy and some will be unhealthy.
One need that we all have when we are going through a difficult and stressful time in our lives is “encouragement”. Encouragement can feel like putting salve on a wound. Salve is an ointment used to promote the healing of the skin or as protection. Encouragement is also used to promote healing and can be used as a form of protection.
One of the first places that I have learned to go to when I am in need of some encouragement is to the Word of God. God’s word is filled with oodles of healing words. It also has many scriptures that when applied to our lives puts a shield of protection around us. “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” – Psalm 5:11 (NIV)
Whether it is ourselves that needs a bit of encouragement or someone else in our lives – the Word of God is full of the best medicine for our souls.
Be Mindful Of Your Reservoir
We don’t have to wait until we are in need of encouragement to get ourselves in the Word of God. In fact we will be better off if we don’t wait. When we have God’s Words of encouragement in the reservoir of our hearts we will be more able to tap into it when we are needing it. In fact the more of God’s Word we have embedded in our hearts the more we are actually equipping ourselves to handle the difficulties that occur in our lives. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
When we are desiring to be encouraged it is then vital that we stay connected to God. No other form of encouragement will be lasting and have the effect of salve to our souls.
When we don’t spend time in God’s Word and we have not stored His Word in our heart, we will falter. In fact, it may take us an even longer time to walk out of our difficulties as we won’t have the wisdom we need to move forward. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I mighty not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 – (ESV)
Being connected with God means that we are to have an active relationship with Him. When we are in a healthy relationship with someone we are involved in that persons life. We share our heart in conversations and we listen while the other person shares their heart with us. This is the type of relationship we need to develop with God. Attaining this relationship requires that we spend time with Him daily reading His word and in prayer. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 (NIV)
Be Encouraged In His Word
I want to extend an invitation to you to participate with me in this months scripture writing plan – “Be Encouraged”. This month some of us who are going through a difficult time will be using the “Be Encouraged” scripture writing plan to help us walk through this time – as salve to our souls. There will also be some of us who will focus on building up our reservoirs of encouragement. We all are going to be encouraged, edified and maybe even challenged. My hope is that God will use this month’s scriptures to draw you close to Him and to encourage you in wherever you are in your life’s journey. I pray that you will be able to see the great love that Your Father has for you. May you walk in His love, saftey, peace and protection.
What Is A Scripture Writing Plan
A scripture writing plan is basically spending 10-15 minutes everyday writing out a passage of scripture. It is a plan that I have created that you can follow everyday to glean more from the Word of God. It is a simple and effective tool that can help you enrich and grow your relationship with God. In addition, it will help you to learn and apply more of God’s Word in your daily lives. This month we will be writing scriptures out of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Each day read and write out the corresponding scripture with the day of the month. Keep the following questions in mind as you write the scripture down.
- What is the Word saying?
- What does this mean to me personally?
- How can I take action on it?
- How does this enhance my view of God?
You can use any bible translation that you like. I prefer using the Amplified, NIV, or NLT. Two fabulous websites that has numerous translations to choose from are Biblegateway.com and biblehub.com (click on the links). I enjoy reading from the various different translations as it gives me a deeper perspective and a greater understanding.
If you are needing some further instruction on scripture writing plans and how to follow them please read the post in the link – Scripture Writing – What is it and How to implement it.
I want to encourage you to end your daily writing sessions with a prayer. If you like you can pray the following:
Father God, Thank you for Your Word and being a light on my path. I am so grateful that during the difficulties in my life, You are there walking with me. Forgive me for the times that I neglected You and Your ways. Please also forgive me for the times that I only came to You in my time of need. Thank You for opening my eyes to see the importance of reading Your Word daily.
Lord, I ask that You teach me Your ways. If there is any area in my life that requires correction I ask that You illuminate it to me. Help me to learn from Your Word and have it stored deep within my heart. I pray that You will encourage me through Your Word and that my relationship with You will continue to grow. My hearts desire is to honour You with my life, help me to do just that. Lord, help me to be a blessing today. In Jesus’ Name ~ ~ Amen
Additional Scripture Writing Plans
In addition to the “Be Encouraged” scripture writing plan I have included several links to additional scripture writing plans that I have written.
Are you doing this writing plan? Let me know how it is working for you. I would love to hear from you as well as pray for you.
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