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Leave Your Waterpot – Encouragement Café – October 23

Leave Your WaterpotBy Linda GrayThe woman then left her waterpot John 4:28 NKJVI have read the account of the Woman at the Well in John 4:4-30 countless times.  And each time, I find a new nugget that I have never seen before.  This happened as I was reading my daily devotional. Although, what I saw... Read more

How Do I Say Goodbye? – Encouragement Café – October 22

How Do I Say Goodbye? By Sherry KepleyThe Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18 I heard the doctor say, Lets call it 7:10.  It was 7:10 AM, and we had been with our Tanner all night long in the pediatric ICU.  The doctor said those words as... Read more

The Disease to Please – Encouragement Café – October 21

The Presence By Joan Walker HahnLet your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.   So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJVSo many... Read more

Showers of Tears and Blessings – Encouragement Café – October 20

Showers of Tears and Blessings  By Dawn Mast Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalms 103:2If you need a really good place to cry, might I suggest the shower. Not MY shower, because that would be more awkward than therapeutic, but your own shower. Especially when your soul feels overwhelmed,... Read more

God Loves You and Im Trying – Encouragement Café – October 19

God Loves You and Im TryingBy Linda GrayIf possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Romans 12:18 (ESV)I love refrigerator magnets.  My fridge is covered with them.  Some are photos reminding us of vacations and mission trips.  Others have scriptures imprinted on them.  Some hold pictures of my family members,... Read more

Esther – Encouragement Café – October 16

Esther By Carolyn Dale Newell And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish! Esther 4:16b NKJVGod is very present in the book of Esther, even though His name is never mentioned.  God gave Esther tremendous courage and patience when she needed it most. There was a... Read more

Till the Storm Passes By – Encouragement Café – October 15

Till the Storm Passes By By Dawn NeelyWhen He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.   Then He came to the other side.  Matthew 8:23, 28 NASBetween verses 23 and 28 in the 8th chapter of Matthew, we have a great storm!  Not just a spring shower or a gentle rain, but an... Read more

The Disease to Please – Encouragement Café – October 14

The Disease to Please By Jill BeranThe fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. Proverbs 29:25 ESVWhat will she think?  He wont like this decision.  They wont approve.  This will make her upset.  If I do this, she wont be happy; but if I do that, he wont like... Read more

Hindsight is 20/20 – Encouragement Café – October 13

Hindsight is 20/20 By Stephanie DavisFixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NASBRemember Whose you are Oh how my prideful heart would cringe each and... Read more

Daring Dreams – Encouragement Café – October 12

Daring Dreams By Angela MackeyFor I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11As a child I dreamed huge dreams.  I was going to be the first female major league baseball player or president of... Read more

Fresh Lettuce – Encouragement Café – October 9

Fresh Lettuce By Linda GrayLet us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NKJVNot long ago, a friend and I stopped for lunch at a popular sandwich restaurant.  We placed our orders and were waiting at the register.  We then witnessed... Read more

Your Life – Encouragement Café – October 8

Your Life By Paris RenaeBut what the Lord has said will stand forever. Our good news to you is what the Lord has said. 1 Peter 1:25 CEVWe spend a lot of time thinking about tomorrow. It starts young "When I grow up...". We always think we have tomorrow, until we don't.I spend a lot of... Read more

Guarding Against Greed – Encouragement Café – October 7

Guarding Against Greed By Noelle DeyBeware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.  Luke 12:15 NLTMy Mom was a brilliant homemaker. She cut coupons, matched them with sale items, and by the time she finished her weekly shopping, the markets owed her money. As a kid, Ill admit that... Read more

Dirty Diapers and Runny Noses – Encouragement Café – October 6

Dirty Diapers and Runny Noses By Linda GrayAnd the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40 (ESV)As a teenager, I babysat a lot!  I have always loved children.  However, God did not bless me... Read more

Best Laid Plans – Encouragement Café – October 5

Best Laid Plans By Katie HarmonCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28This morning I woke early, hours before my alarm, full of worry about the future.  So, as I often do when I cant sleep, I began writing out my prayers to God.  Those prayers... Read more

Beyond the Shadow – Encouragement Café – October 2

Beyond the Shadow By Mindy Lee Hopman...things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2:17 NASBA spectacular sunrise view meets my eyes at daybreak. Pink, orange, and yellow hues cast across the sky, and it is as if God is presently painting with various brushstrokes on... Read more

Im A Wimp – Encouragement Café – October 1

Im A Wimp By Joan Walker HahnBut he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. That is why, for Christs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,... Read more

Finding Rest on the Weary Road – Encouragement Café – September 30

Finding Rest on the Weary Road By Shelly RobertsYes, my soul, find rest in God. My hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5Sometimes the path we find ourselves on isnt one we would have chosen. Perhaps you even wonder how you got there. It could have been some bad life choices or circumstances beyond your control. Regardless,... Read more

When Your World Crumbles – Encouragement Café – September 29

When Your World Crumbles By Carolyn Dale NewellBy faith, the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe when she had received the spies with peace Hebrews 11:30-31 NKJV.The earth shakes. The walls rattle. They begin to crack... Read more

Time – Encouragement Café – September 28

Time By Maria Drayton Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34I wish things were different some days.  Some days I wish I could change things and slow things down.  It all has happened so fast.  My son is growing up and Im... Read more

Marriage Is to Reflect Christs Love – Encouragement Café – September 25

Marriage is to Reflect Christs Love By Annah Matthews Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready Revelation 19:6-7 ESVAs a little girl I spent hours playing with my Barbie... Read more

I Cant Find It – Encouragement Café – September 24

I Cant Find It By Jill BeranFinally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8Mom, I cant find my shoes. Do you know where my ball glove is? Did... Read more

That Day – Encouragement Café – September 23

That Day By Maria DraytonIt was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Psalm 119:71We had just celebrated Labor Day.  The weather was still hot and humid.  My mom had called and asked me to stop by for a visit after church.  She lived in Delaware and I stayed in Pennsylvania... Read more

We Cant Fathom the Goodness of God – Encouragement Café – September 22

We Cant Fathom The Goodness of God By Dawn NeelyThere has not failed one word of all His good promises. 1 Kings 8:56 NASWe can never fathom the height, depth, length and breadth of Gods goodness. As I think of all that is true about God, I am moved from the depths of humility to the... Read more

Treasure Hunt – Encouragement Café – September 21

Treasure Hunt By Paris Renae And if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure Proverbs 2:4Its easy to get lost in unfulfilled expectations as I lay all my cares before God. I wonder, "Does He hear?"Then I pull open my Bible and a notecard sent years ago slips into... Read more

Practicing Consistently – Encouragement Café – September 18

Practicing Consistently By Joan Walker HahnTherefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,... Read more

Heart Auto Response – Encouragement Café – September 17

Heart Auto Response By Robin Jones[Jesus said] Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgivenas her great love has shown. Luke 7:47Our hearts, like our emails, receive and send messages.  There are some messages that I wish would go right to the trash bin.  However, when it comes to sending and receiving messages from the... Read more

Looking for Some Motivation – Encouragement Café – September 16

Looking for Some Motivation? By Jill BeranAnd this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands2 John 1:6Your teammate can pass you the ball, a coach can put you on the team, a scout can give you a scholarship, but only the love can make you a player. These words were printed on my... Read more

Broken Nails and Bad Hair Days – Encouragement Café – September 15

Broken Nails and Bad Hair Days By Linda GrayBut the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7... Read more

An Oasis in the Desert – Encouragement Café – September 14

An Oasis in the DesertBy Carolyn Dale NewellNow an angel of the Lord spoke to Phillip, saying, Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is desert. Acts 8:26 NKJVSometimes the unforeseen happens. The diagnosis which shatters your world. The phone call nobody wants. Your marriage.... Read more