Tag Archive | encouragement

I’m not alone. And neither are you.

Sometimes, life seems like a great Big SMACKDOWN ! I mean, you jump a hurdle, like maybe get over an illness or your family’s finances improve, than Smack! Before you can finish the victory jig, your face-down in the dirt again.

   Take this pandemic, for instance. Finally, businesses and parks are starting to open. It feels safer to leave our homes again, then smack! “Two Inch Long Murder Hornets land on U.S. Soil!” Wait, what?!


Then, of course, I have my own personal ups and downs, like a scary thing that happened yesterday. It started with a “Help, Dave!” and ended with a “Why, God?!” 

After a winter-long exercising slump, plus a health setback, Dave and I finally started exercising again. We were muscle-toning and walking our ever-lovin’ hearts out. It felt great. In fact, I said to Dave, “I feel a decade younger!” Yay!

Then, smack! 12 hours later, my back goes out. I’m crumpled on the floor, crying out in pain. Just like that. No warning. Today, I’m hobbling around like I’m a decade older, not younger. sigh…


But, fortunately, I have backup. God’s word and His good Spirit will see me through this storm, like He has seen me through every storm I’ve ever faced ever since I came to know him in college, lo’ those maaany years ago. (No, I ain’t sayin’ how many) (Yes, college educated folks say ain’t)

The point is?

I am not alone…I may have struggles and doubts. I may have pains that make me shout! But I am not alone.


~~”For it is written, ‘I will never leave you not forsake you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5b

~~”For whatever was written in former times was written for our instruction that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. ” Romans 15:4 ESV

~~ “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV

~~”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV

How ’bout you? How has God helped you through some storms? Please share. Your story may be a lifesaver for someone else….

Kingfisher Faith


Click on the pic for Kingfisher facts on Animal Planet

What does a Kingfisher do?

Catch fish.

and have babies that look and act just like itself.

What’s a Christian supposed to do?

Catch fish.

And have baby Christians that look and act just like Christ =]

Make me a fisher of men, Lord,

a fisher for you, the King.

 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” ~ Matthew 4:19

Now, get out there and validate someone!

"Validation", a short film. Click pic for image source

“…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.”  Hebrews 3:13

encourage: To give courage to; to give or increase confidence of success; to inspire with courage, spirit, or strength of mind; to embolden; to animate; to incite; to inspirit.

That’s the kind of person I want to be, an emboldener, an inspirer, a person who walks through her day with a smile on her face leaving a trail of smiling faces behind her! An encourager!

I just came across this short film on Facebook.  Take a few minutes to watch, and be encouraged to be an encourager!

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up…” ~~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Chocolate Wisdom

"You're invited to relax today"

Isn’t that great advice from that chocolate wrapper up there?

Hey!  What if that wrapper could be a “rapper” instead?


“Chocolate is my name

Rappin’ is my game

Relaxin’ is my thing…”  Maybe not…

But, one thing this wrapper did do right, is remind me of this verse.  I added explanations in brackets:

“Do not be anxious about anything [Relax!], but in everything [EV-ER-RY-THING!], by prayer and petition [Petition = over and over again.  Isn’t that nice of God to want the hear the same old requests over and over again?  I would get bored.  It shows how much He loves us], with thanksgiving [don’t forget to be thankful], present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Here it is in my own words: “Be anxious for nothing. Pray about everything. Give thanks to God.”

What’s in it for you and me if we do this?  Peace!  See? It promises it in the next verse:

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7


So, let’s take that chocolate’s advice and the Bible’s.  Let’s pray:

Click the puppy to see where I got his picture on Flickr



Father, thank you for inviting us to pray to You.  Here’s all the things I’m anxious about: ____________________________

_____________________________.  (List as many as come to mind).

You are BIG!  Bigger than my problems.  So, I put them in your hands.  Please work out all the details.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

There.  Feeling a little more relaxed?  Good.  Remember, you can pray again if you start to feel anxious again.

The invitation is for forever, and ever, over and over again.  =]

P.S. Do you know the One who made chocolate?  If not, click on the pic below to be introduced:

"Catch snowflakes on your tongue."

A New Look!!

Didja notice?!  It’s all new here on Gloriadelia!

I just clicked my mouse a second ago and Voi la!  Schnazzy!

Oh, if only it were that easy for me!

I need new hair — click! Lose those wrinkles! — Click!

And what about my insides?  All those bad attitudes and hang-ups? Click! Click! Click! Click! Click! Done! Now I am perfect…sigh.

Well, here’s something I click on regularly that has changed my insides, steadily, steadily, day-by-day.

I’m talking about http://www.Bluletterbible.com.

BlueLetterBible (click pic for source)

The Bible online. (I know that’s a fragment, Lizzy (my daughter, the English nerd) in case you happen to be reading this, but sometimes fragments are more dramatic!)

Here, click on the pink link and take a gander yourself: Blueletterbible  (“gander” means “take a look”, in case any of you post-moderns happen to be reading this) (post-modern means…oh, forget it. Google!)

But you don’t have to click to grow, you can flip open the nearest Bible, and if you happen to do this every day, you will grOW!!

Reminds me of a catchy song kids would sing in Sunday School: 

“Read your Bible (their little hands are open in front of them like a book), pray every day (hands folded now in front)…pray every day…pray every day…Read your Bible (hands open again), pray every day, and you’ll grow (forgot to mention they start out squatted down, so now they start to stand), grow (stand a little higher), grow! (Jump!!).

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…” 1 Peter 2:1

Do you know the Lord?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction.  Maybe it’s time to jump!

see below for picture source from Flickr

picture from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73239326@N00/3012018175/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Remind me who I am…


Love this song.  Especially the first line, “When I lose my way and I forget my name, remind me who I am.”

And who am I? Who are you, if you’ve made the life-altering step to ask Jesus into Your heart? We are “Forgiven”, “Redeemed”, “Beloved”. Love it.

And this song becomes all the more encouraging when you hear the singer, Jason Gray, talk about a major struggle in his life….

Do you know the Lord? Are you “willing to give Him your broken little mess of a life..” so “Jesus can make music out of it, something beautiful?” Click the pic below for a quick introduction. Come on. He’ll change your name to “Beloved”…

see below for image source.

“I just might bend, but I won’t break..”

My new theme song!  I’m gonna Mooooooove!

“There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend, but I won’t break,

as long I can see your face.”

What’s your favorite song these days?  Post a link in the comments below

Who you dancin' with? Click the pic for a quick intro to a new dance partner Who won't step on your toes. Jesus has got the best moves!

“Gonna move, ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ gonna move  ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ to a different beat…”

Calvin and Hobbes photo source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gF8FrOXpozY/TjK3XidQVBI/AAAAAAAABAQ/LnPHTN27b8U/s1600/calvin-hobbes-dancing.jpg

Pep talk time: Philippians 4:8

Pep Talk Time: Philippians 4:8

When I grow up, I want to be just like Jessica!  Watch her give herself a pep talk in the mirror:

What kind of cheerleader are you for yourself?  Are you like this?

Or this?

are you your own worst cheerleader?

Well, whatever you’re saying to yourself in the mirror, I hope it includes some of this:

”Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8

And no matter what, here’s what the Lord has to say about you.

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

He’s our biggest cheerleader!


Stop, Drop, and Pray! click pic for source

Let’s pray: Father, thank you for loving me and cheering me on.  When I look in the mirror, help me to see what you see.  When I think about myself and my life, help me to remember what’s true and right, lovely and excellent.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Running Against the Wind


As I exited my cozy church’s warm interior, a bi-i-i-itter wind smacked me right across the face.  It sucked the breath right out of lungs and carried it off to some far away place.  Brrrrr!!!!

This isn't me, but I know how this woman must've felt. BRRRRR!!!! (Click pic for source).

I frantically grabbed at my scarf, trying to pull it up over my shriveled frozen face, that had been smiling so sweetly just a warm second ago back inside the church, but, I couldn’t distinguish between woolly scarf and woolly coat collar through my gloved hand.

So, against my hand’s better judgement (“No! no!  Back in the glove!  Back in the glove!”)  I had to uncover it to feel the difference between scarf and jacket. I quickly wrapped that scarf around my head.  Mission accomplished! But the wind was still blowing, so I ran for the car, shivering all the way. Did I already say how Brrrr-y it was?! Brrrrr!!!!!

As I ran, though, this interesting thought blew around my brain — sometimes my heart acts like I have a glove on it.  I can’t seem to tell the difference between a lie and the truth about myself, or my God, or the culture, or what’s best in any given situation because the similarities are close enough and my heart isn’t sensitive enough.

Know what I mean? That’s when I need to go to God to uncover my heart for me, to free it from the dulling effects of the world.

Which is why I’m joining my church tomorrow for our annual 3-week fast.  I’m looking forward to waking up all my physical and spiritual senses.

I wanna hear what God might be saying to me,  to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34).  I want to feel in my heart, and know in my head, the subtle differences between selfishness and love, pride and humility, God’s voice and my own.  I want to wake up and smell the coffee 🙂

For me, fasting is all about getting closer to God.  And, because running against the wind, culturally, is a normal part of being a Christian, we need to be wrapped up with His warm presence for protection.

“Create in my a clean heart, O Lord.  Renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

For practical tips on fasting, click on the “Fasting Basics” links to the right, or click on the word “fasting” in the topic cloud to read more Gloriadelias on the subject.  Here’s one of my favorites: DIVE!

Depressed, Christian? How to Snap Out of Your Winter Blues, Part 2


Singing helps me chase the blues away.  When I sing, especially worship songs, it seems to “disperse the gloomy clouds of night”.

I borrowed that line from my favorite song to sing this time of year, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel”

Here’s the whole verse….

“O Come Thou Day-spring, Come and cheer

our spirits by thine advent [coming] here

And drive away the shades of night

And pierce the clouds and bring us light!”

That’s describes a SONrise.

click pic for source

Have you ever waited for the sun to rise, looking intently toward the east for the first rays?

The dark eastern sky lighten to a soft blue, and then pink and then — drum roll!–day springs forth! *orchestra music!*

For Whom or what are you intently looking?

Let’s sing to the One who intently looks for us until we are found…

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.


Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


O come, Thou Day-spring,

Come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight!




O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depth of hell Thy people save

And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.


-Do you know the Day-spring, the Rod of Jesse, Emmanuel?-

Click the pic below for a quick introduction…


sunrise over Boca


**Top sunrise photo borrowed from “Eternal Echoes”.**