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Treasure Hunting – Encouragement Café – July 31

Treasure Hunting By Judy Fussell  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-17As the sun peeked over the horizon dazzling the morning sky, an ominous black cloud of oppression slowly crept upon me. Circumstances, doubt, financial woes, and problems with children magnified as... Read more

Raah-Raah Roi – Encouragement Café – July 30

Raah-Raah Roi By Luann PraterYou are the God who sees me, for she said, I have now seen the One who sees me.  Genesis 16:13I love to dig into the Word and find out the root Hebrew or Greek meaning behind common words we use today. The word that Hagar used here for SEE was Roi... Read more

Vain Brings Pain – Encouragement Café – July 29

Vain Brings Pain By Dawn MastYou shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7It was a show we'd watched as a family many times. I thought we'd finally found something we could watch together and enjoy even though we have... Read more

Gods Workmanship – Encouragement Café – July 28

Gods Workmanship By Dawn NeelyFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we could walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NASBI have my devotions early each morning. Someone once told me waiting to have ones devotions at the end of the day is like trying to play... Read more

Faith Training – Encouragement Café – July 27

Faith Training By Maria DraytonBeloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2:1 NKJVWorking out is not one of my favorite past times.  I dont enjoy running, lifting weights, machine workouts and the worst of all is sweating.  But Ive learned that I... Read more

My Real Name – Encouragement Café – July 24

My Real Name By Dawn Mast Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you Isaiah 43:1,4It was only a few words, but hearing them really hurt. "Skinny legs! Skinny legs!" I knew the words... Read more

Thats Life! – Encouragement Café – July 23

Thats Life! By Joan Walker HahnHe heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.  Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:3-5 NKJVOne day when my daughter was younger, we were discussing some disappointments we had.  Those... Read more

So Good of You – Encouragement Café – July 22

So Good of You By Paris RenaeYet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Philippians 4:14Towards the end of the book of Philippians, Paul speaks of being content in every situation; but then says, Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.A reminder for us. We know our sweet Jesus... Read more

Graceful Limitations – Encouragement Café – July 21

Graceful LimitationsBy Annah MatthewsI was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of... Read more

THE LA LA LAND KIND CAFE

We need to care and be kind to one another. I was blown away when I learned how America has failed older kids in the foster care system. Once foster kids reach the age of 18, they “age out”. How can we possibly allow the most vulnerable kids—those without parents—to be released into the world... Read more

Loving the Hard to Love – Encouragement Café – July 20

Loving the Hard to Love By Dawn MastA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35We were waiting at the deli counter when I caught a glimpse... Read more

The Two-Fer – Encouragement Café – July 17

The Two-Fer By Maria DraytonTrust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Psalm 37:3At times it is a struggle when things arent going good in my life.  The struggle?  To get myself off my own mind.  It is during these times that I pray more, seek Gods face more,... Read more

Lifes Waiting Room – Encouragement Café – July 16

Lifes Waiting RoomBy Jill BeranThe LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25 NASBBut Mom, I dont want to wait! I dont like to wait and I had to wait yesterday!Clearly waiting is not something my son enjoys in his eyes its not fun and it... Read more

A Real Chance at Happily Ever After – Encouragement Café – July 15

A Real Chance at Happily Ever After by Stephanie DavisHe has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8 RSVAs a mother of two precious little ladies, my home is filled with all... Read more

Preparing the Garden – Encouragement Café – July 14

Preparing The Garden By Joan Walker HahnSo neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in Gods service;... Read more

Grace Extended – Encouragement Café – July 13

Grace Extended By Maria DraytonFor by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3The Holy Spirit put His finger on it.... Read more

Caged Birds – Encouragement Café – July 10

Caged Birds By Debbie LammThis is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare my people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting my people free like birds set free from a cage. Ezekiel 13:20 NLTI have been guilty of fighting battles that arent... Read more

Not Good Enough – Encouragement Café – July 9

Not Good Enough By Robin JonesEven though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4Paralyzed with fear, I lay in the dark crying and whining and carrying on. I implored myself, Robin get up. Get... Read more

Casting is NOT a One Time Thing – Encouragement Café – July 8

Casting is NOT a One Time Thing By Jill BeranCast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7It had been a crazy week and a busy Saturday. Our to-do list was long and my kids werent really eager. One was kind of upset, another didnt feel the best and another compared... Read more

When Your Walk Feels More Like a Crawl – Encouragement Café – July 7

When Your Walk Feels More Like a Crawl By Britta LafontJesus said to him, Go; your son will live.  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. John 4:50 ESVFaith in Jesus is jumping in with both feet.  We are not to dip our toe in to see if the... Read more

Surrender – Encouragement Café – July 6

Surrender By Debbie LammHe must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESVHe sat down at the piano and began to sing softly at first, then bolder. The fingers that had taught themselves to play struck loosely and seemed to enjoy the feel of the keys. I stood back and watched, aware that in that moment,... Read more

Elusive Hope – Encouragement Café – July 3

Elusive Hope By Judy FussellEat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:13-14I was happy to put 2019... Read more

Praises in the Storm – Encouragement Café – July 2

Praises in the Storm By Annah MatthewsThrough Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praisethe fruit of lips that confess his name.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:15 NKJVI am the daughter of a pastor.  Ive grown... Read more

The Humility of Disability – Encouragement Café – July 1

The Humility of Disability By Andrea PierceBut I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.   Exodus 9:16I dont know what my life would look like if I werent disabled, but Im fairly certain that I wouldnt... Read more

You Can Call Me His – Encouragement Café – June 30

You Can Call Me His By Paris RenaeThe Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children. Romans 8:16You are not Jessica or Sarah, or Kristen you are His. So often we let the world define us Sarah the one who had an abortion, Jessica the one who got divorced, Kristen the one who is... Read more

Trickle of Hope – Encouragement Café – June 29

Trickle of Hope By Timothy HanauerThe Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.  Habakkuk 3:19During the Summer months, out on our coast, there are super-low tide days.  This is some kind of counter-balance, I assume, to the super-high tides of... Read more

The Slums – Encouragement Café – June 26

The Slums By Luann PraterI praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14When we decided to downsize, we considered townhomes in a nearby gated community. There was one that had all the things we needed on the main floor with a couple of bedrooms upstairs... Read more

Purpose Filled – Encouragement Café – June 25

Purpose Filled By Olivia BarnesJames, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ James 1:1 KJVAs we sit waiting for some glimpse of normality it is easy to feel at a loss, like you have lost your sense of purpose. Frontline staff have a very defined, obvious purpose during this pandemic. It is clear to... Read more

From the Mouths of Babes – Encouragement Café – June 24

From the Mouths of Babes By Joan Walker HahnLord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:1-2My youngest grandson just turned... Read more

You Brought Pavement to Heaven? – Encouragement Café – June 23

You Brought Pavement to Heaven? By Dawn NeelyThe twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. Revelation 21:21 (KJV)Believers must understand that this earth is not their home. We were created for the new heaven and the new... Read more