Tag: Encouraging Word

An Encouraging Word #10: Respite

Our last word of this “Encouraging Word” series is respite. Merriam-Webster describes respite as: “a period of temporary delay; an interval of rest or relief…” The other day I started my walk a little earlier because I had a full day ahead. Our week… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #10: Respite”

An Encouraging Word #9: Motivation

Today’s encouraging word is motivation. The Google dictionary describes motivation as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” Last week I was out on my morning walk when a sudden cloudburst began to drench me. Fortunately, the… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #9: Motivation”

An Encouraging Word #8: Assuredness

Today’s encouraging word is assuredness. Merriam-Webster includes these definitions of assured: “characterized by certainty or security; sure that something is certain or true…”1 When our days, our plans, our futures are uncertain, we can hold fast to the certainties of God and live in… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #8: Assuredness”

An Encouraging Word #7: Discipline

Our encouraging word for today is discipline, especially as in spiritual discipline. Merriam-Webster defines discipline as “orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior; self control; a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity.”1 And in her Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #7: Discipline”

An Encouraging Word #6: Contribution

Today’s encouraging word is contribution. Merriam-Webster includes these definitions of the word contribute: “to give or supply in common with others; to play a significant part in bringing about an end or result…”¹ In these last months, I have enjoyed spending time with our… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #6: Contribution”

An Encouraging Word #5: Recollection

Today’s encouraging word is recollection. Recollection is defined as “the action or power of recalling to mind; something recalled to the mind,” but also includes the blessings of “tranquility of mind” and “religious contemplation.”1 Our recollections can become precious gifts for us now, and… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #5: Recollection”

An Encouraging Word #4: Peacefulness

Today’s encouraging word is peacefulness. Merriam-Webster defines peacefulness as: “a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations.”¹ I have been really feeling the need for peacefulness this week. Most of the time, I can… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #4: Peacefulness”

An Encouraging Word #3: Gentleness

Our encouraging word for today is gentleness. The synonyms listed in the Microsoft Word Thesaurus include such lovely meanings as mildness, calmness, kindness, tenderness, quietness, softness, lightness, restfulness, and peacefulness. How might we need a little gentleness today? ~ Perhaps we need a reminder… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #3: Gentleness”

An Encouraging Word #2: Resilience

Today’s encouraging word is resilience. Resilience is “the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity; ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.”¹ In what areas might you need resilience… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #2: Resilience”

An Encouraging Word #1: Encouragement

In my journal-prayer time each morning, I often ask God for particular strengths to help with the day ahead. For example, if I am facing a busy day, I may ask for stamina. If I am feeling inner tension, I will ask for peace.… Continue Reading “An Encouraging Word #1: Encouragement”