As the readership of this blog grows, I feel an obligation to continue writing encouragement.  Not the false encouragement you find from people who just look at the world with rose colored glasses, but true encouragement.  I want to write from a place of honesty, a place that knows life's hardest valleys, and has been to the top of the mountain of joy.  And I want to share that with you who read here. 

So much of my life's work with teenagers and faith comes from a viewpoint of problematic ladders of solution, while there is so much to be encouraged about today. 

There are so many teenagers that are working to try and find out the gifts God gave them, and how they can engage those gifts with the rest of the world. 

There are so many churches who really care about the intricate spiritual lives being orchestrated between family life, school life, and entertainment. 

There are so many incredible mentors out there who are giving their lives to make sure the next generation has a chance.  And to those of you on this train….Be Encouraged Today!

We serve a God who tells us, "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering…

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,    “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:1-5)

He's a God who told Joshua, "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you."  (Joshua 1:5)

And He's a God who told his disciples, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

As you start your Friday, and on into the weekend, Remember….

1.  The God I serve is a God who never leaves you alone. AND…

2.  Encouragement to each other goes a long, long way.  Reach out and notice somebody this weekend.  I find that when I focus my day on helping to encourage others in their work, my own world seems brighter, and my spirit is full. 

May God bless you on this Encouragement Friday!


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