“encouraging words wednesday”


some mornings i have a difficult time starting my day. a really difficult time. not like “gee, i wish i could sleep in”. more like heart-pounding, short-of-breath panic. it’s been like that for me for some time. this anxiety has caused me to lose many-a-job because it took me so long to will myself out from under the covers that i was perpetually late for work. just because i’m a ‘Jesus Girl’ doesn’t mean everything comes easy.

but i’ll tell you what it does mean. i can turn to Him.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~Philippians 4:6-7

so some days, my entire morning is spent muttering “please help me, Jesus” over and over. but it works. what works for you?


Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”


Mary Stevenson, 1936

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