Just the Right Words at Just the Right Time
When Leanne penned a note to her daughter's coach that day, she had no idea it would make such a huge difference in Jill Beran's life. She didn't know Jill was at her lowest point, where doubt and loneliness had lead her into deep depression.

With just the right words, God spoke courage and hope into Jill's heart, through Leanne.

At just the right time, He reached through the darkness and touched Jill's life, through Leanne.

The night Jill came home, her depression had turned to despair. And then Leann's note fell out of Jill's journal. Simple words of appreciation brought hope into the darkness. Someone saw something in Jill that she couldn't see in herself. Someone believed her life was worth living.

Leanne's simple words helped changed the course of Jill's life. But, as I shared in my devotion today, that’s just the beginning of their story. You can read the rest of it in their book Letters from Leanne. Today, I asked them to share more with us about it:

Tell us a little about the book: Letters from Leanne is the story of our friendship over the last ten years and how God has worked through it . We share the joys and trials we've encountered on our walk of faith, but ultimately how we saw God’s hand in every situation.

Jill, why did you write this book? Initially, I wanted to thank Leanne. I’d been blessed by her perspective as a mom, her acceptance as a friend, her guidance as an older woman and especially the love she poured out as a Christian. But it isn’t just a thank you to Leanne; it’s a thank you to God. Our friendship has been and still is a gift. I pray by reading our story, women will be encouraged to build similar relationships in their lives.

What do you hope readers will gain? We pray women will be encouraged in their faith and inspired to find or be a mentor. We share how mentoring is not about having all the answers, but simply sharing your life with someone. We give you a look at a specific spiritual mentoring relationship and take you on the journey of how our's grew.

We've also included questions in each chapter to help women apply what we share to their personal lives. Women are encouraged to slow down and take a look at their own lives and find lessons in the letters.

To find out more about Letters from Leanne, visit Amazon. And if you'd like to connect with Jill you can visit her blog.

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Be sure to come back Wednesday for a video blog chat with my friend, author and speaker, Jennifer Rothschild. She's shares great insights as we talk about the power of words! Also, I'll be sharing about new make-up I discovered that I call my "magic eraser." We used it to cover Jennifer's black eye. More about that Weds. You might even win some along with two of her amazing books and another gift card!


296 Comments:

Anonymous Veronica H said...

So sorry you list your post, I hate when things like that work against us.

Simplymevh at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my daughter as she is stressing about college.

My favorite scripture on encouraging is:

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. Jer 29:11

My absolute favorite in all things!!!

Blogger Becky W. said...

Yes Renee, so sorry you lost your work! Technology is wonderful when it works. :) My email is: beckster1024 at hotmail dot com

I will be encouraging my 10 year old daughter this week. She is struggling with friend issues in 5th grade. It's such a hard age.

My favorite scripture is from Matthew: Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will have enough worries of its own. :)

Blogger Laura said...

Laura

gazzaways at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my son Parker as he starts a new endeavor.

Jeremiah 29:11

Blogger Leebird said...

Hi Renee friend!

I've lot posts before, and boy did it chap my hide! ;)

leebirdmerrill at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my mom this week by giving her more Scriptures to read in her morning devotional time. (She's a new Believer!)

My favorite scripture on encouraging is: Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Anonymous Kelly T. said...

floridakrewe at yahoo dot com

This week I will be encouraging my dad. He is going in the hospital tomorrow for a medical procedure, and is quite discouraged right now. I plan to take him to breakfast (his favorite) when he feels better.

My most favorite verse is: Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

Blogger Mama said...

I will be encouraging my friend Linda this week. She is going through some difficulties at this time.

One of my favorite verses that encourage me is:

Jeremiah 29:11 "For 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."

Blogger Carla said...

Good Morning, I will be encouraging my friend Jenny. She is a new believer and her husband lost his job yesterday.
Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11
cjheinold at yahoo dot com

Blogger Dana said...

Looking forward to hearing reading your post.

danamcgraw at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my husband as well as my friend who is struggling with several difficulties right now.

Psalm 119:165

Anonymous Crystal Fann said...

Crystalfann at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my two boys this week. Life can throw us lots of unexpected balls, but with faith and trust in God, we can get through anything. I want to encourage them to be strong in the Lord, as my favorite song by Sidewalk Prophets says, never give up hope! God has his hand on you, so don't live life in fear!


“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7

abusywomanslife@gmail.com

I am going to encourage my Aunt Marlene who is going through a dark times in her life by writing encouraging messages on my blog (www.abusywomanslife.com).

I will never leave you nor forsake you" comes from Hebrews 13:5

Anonymous Anonymous said...

annzcull at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging a particular friend this week who seems to have lost her joy.

With God all things are possible (Mt 19:26).

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mapdsmith@gmail.com

I plan to encourage my mother who has been struggling over a year with health issues and has become depressed bc of it.It is the Word that brings life and healing so I plan to read Scripture with her.

I love Rom8:28 ALL things work together for good...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

kristir33 at yahoo.com

I am looking for a way to encourage other stepmoms by starting a support group in my community. God has been so good to me and helped me through so many issues in my own blended family, and I feel called to share the blessings!

Kristi

Anonymous Heidi said...

Sorry about your post!!
I will be encouraging my almost 6 yr old daughter this week. She started kindergarten last week, new country, new school, new friends, new everything. She has lots of catching up to do and with English as her second language it will be challenging!
My fav verses are Jer 29:11 and from Matthew, "do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of it's own."
Heidi
heidiforward at hotmail dot com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad at norskhime.com

Just today my husband and I were discussing how we could reach out to my sister-in-law who is struggling with depression. We believe this issue is not meant to walked through alone but with God and family at your side.

Your "Encouragement of the Day" came at just the right time for me to start reaching out to her! God Bless!

I am new to Bible Study and have enjoyed other favorite verse posts.

Renee you were an encouragement to me this morning. Thank you! I will be praying for you as you prepare your post again.

I will be encouraging my children this morning as they get ready for school.

My favorite verse Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Mary - mboswell98@bellsouth.net

Anonymous Brenda W. said...

Yes, Technology is wonderful when it works. My email is: bwoghiren62@yahoo.com

I am encouraging a woman I work with, she is a wife, mother, employee and studying for her Bachelors Degree

My favorite scripture on encouraging is:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Provrbs 3:5-6

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mamahicks67 AT yahoo DOT com

I will be encouraging not only myself as I am dealing with a lot but my son as he is 12 and dealing with depression and anxiety.

My favortie verse is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In our trying time that we as a family are going threw my favorite song is Amazing Grace..I know you didn't ask for that, but that song helps me stay focused and it is HIS encouraging words that help me.
Melanie

Anonymous Heidi H. said...

Sorry you lost your post last night.

I will be encouraging a family member who has some difficult decisions to make.

Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 19:26

frankheidi at bellsouth dot net

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
I will be encouraging a lady at work who says she knows the Lord but seems to worry too much... Philipians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Thanks
Karen
musicmom1618@yahoo.com

Blogger america said...

Sorry, you lost your post. Looking forward to read it. 3-monkeys at att dot net
I will encourage my son to continue to make wise choices.
Laminations 3:21-23 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda

skidmarks44@yahoo.com

I will encourage my sister who is forty and has had a rough marriage for 20 years and just lost her job.

My favorite scripture
Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths.

Anonymous Nicki B said...

ncbrown33 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband to seek God and to develop a walk with him. I will also encourage a friend and her family to come to church with us this week.

My favorite verse for encouragement is Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Anonymous Lgrace2 said...

Sometimes losing a post is a blessing in disguise! Sometimes it isn't! I always write and save my post in my Text Edit or i-Pages software and then copy and paste it into my blog because I too have lost important work!

Email: lgrace2@bellsouth.net
Encouragement: Michelle- hand-written note

“Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1, NIrV)

Anonymous Brittany said...

brittany_towne at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my Grandmother as she is admitted into the hospital for surgery and the therapy that will be following.

Encouraging Scripture:

Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. and the peace of god, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4: 6-7.

It is my daily reminder that I am not in control and I have to hand things over to Christ!

Blogger Carrie said...

Hi Renee
I'm sorry about your list evaporating into internet poof space.

I know how that is, as my time evaporates like that. But it is important to feel rested for the kiddos and the events of the next day.

Perfectly fine to rest up a bit before redoing blogs comes into play.

I will be encouraging my children as the day with them starts now as I hear my warning alarm going off. In case I get to interested in my facebook reading or daily friend contacts, emails and devotionals. I set the clock or post myself a reminder to keep things in check.
Yeah I'm just a bit nutty most days. I'm a stay at home mom & trust me God comes first in my mind and heart. Not always in my actions I guess, as I get discouraged or impatient some days or just plain exhausted. But the internet also is my sources of encouragement and help. From cleaning advice, recipes and parenting advice to christian devotionals. It comforts me daily. I get lonely during the daytime as my kiddos both are in school now and hubby works long hours to make up for my being at home.
I don't have as many friends as those I know who work out of the home. I try to read every morning between sending hubby off to work and getting the kiddos up. I also use facebook to encourage other ladies along the way or should I say they end up giving me encouragement, advice and the friend's love & encouragement, I desperately need as well, when I'm having bad days.
There is nothing like being able to say to someone or hearing a dear old friend or new friend say I'm praying for you and understand.

I also use facebook to encourage the kids at school. Which makes my mommy heart happy as well and helps me really get to know my kids friends. I get down quite a bit because I feel disconnected with my family some days. Because time just seems to get away and there is always so much pressure from the daily routines of life. But it makes it a bit easier to hear from other Christians who have been there and have understanding hearts and kind words for one another.

I just want you to know your encoragements (& the other ladies) here @ proverbs 31 do a great job of encouraging me daily. And I want to thank you all, all of you for that.

I like many verses but I find that these help me daily.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

(2nd Corinthians 12:10)

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"

Philippians 4:13

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. Jer 29:11

My email is
Carriemiracle@gmail.com
I'd love to be entered into the giveaway.


Just pray for me as I struggle daily in the walk of mom and wife.

Blogger Jennifer Dawson said...

zobolala3 at gmail dot com

I was so excited to read your words of encouragement. I will be encouraging my friend Anita. She is an amazing woman.

Blogger Jennifer Dawson said...

I so enjoyed your words of encouragement this morning. The sermon on Sunday was about encouraging fellow believers.
I will be encouraging my dear friend Anita. This is a very busy work time for her and she is a blessing to me.
My email is zobolala3 at gmail dot com

Blogger Robin M said...

I'm so glad you chose sleep!!!
jjoneskw at widomaker dot com
My sister-in-law Denise
Jeremiah 29:11 - I have a plan for you; a plan for good

Blogger Danielle said...

I've lost posts many a time. I started typing them out in Word and saving them there. It also helps with the memory of what I've posted about if I couldn't get on the net right away.lol

sojournerdkj at yahoo dot com

I'll be encouraging my daughter. She's going through alot at school and just in her precious little 11 year old heart.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and SELF-DISCIPLINE(Sound Mind).{Which really, I could use a sound mind right now my own self!}

Blogger KLF said...

Kristy Lee Farmer
kristy.farmer@sbcglobal.net

I am encouraging a friend who is overcoming depression due to multiple deaths in her family. I lost my husband suddenly a year ago March 17th...we lift each other up!

Jer. 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to help you, not harm you...plans to give you a future and hope.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauriebaka @ yahoo.com
I Hope & Wish God Take Extra Special Care of Mary Millard and all The Ladies of The Church At Rock Creek.
I HEART Mary Millard and all The Ladies of The Church At Rock Creek so much.
I don't know any bible verse by heart or can't think of a Favorite.

Laurie lauriebaka@yahoo.com

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Blogger Allison Lorene said...

My name is Allison Baker
email-guitarplayer4jesus89@yahoo.com

I will be encouraging to my mom as she is struggling in her faith right now.

My favorite scripture to encourage with is Job 19:25 and John 16:33. That though Job had felt as if everyone had left him, he knew his Redeemer lived, and that one day Job was going to see God for himself. Jesus has overcome all our struggles, so we should take heart. Oh what a Savior!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monica - mheard11@frontier.com. I will encourage my daughter this week by listening to her with my undivided attention.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be encouraging my mother-who is fighting breast cancer and the recent lost of her son and my brother.
My favorite scripture: All scripture"s
Blessings
Pam

Anonymous Janet said...

jbaehrel at hvc dot rr dot com

Sorry to hear about your post. I am looking forward to reading it today.

I called two sisters in the Lord yesterday to encourage them and to let them know I was lifting them up in prayer.

Psalm 18:1-2

Anonymous Diane B. said...

I pray you got some rest.

My favorite encouraging scripture is Phillippians 4:6&7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace that transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I will be encouraging my Uncle today and always, he just had his third surgery for cancer.

Anonymous Diane B. said...

Diane B. I forgot to leave my email address: baker0558@gmail.com, Thanks

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just now encouraged a friend through an email who is struggling as a wife and mother. For some reason, only the Lord knows, I have women reaching out to me to help them and I feel I am totally inadequate but with the Lord's strength and help, I want to be able to encourage them. Thank you for this devotion. I tell all my friends about Prov 31! I love Prov. 16:3 - Commit your works to Him and your plans will be established.

mamajen0720@yahoo.com
Jennifer F

Blogger Nikii said...

nikiih at nc dot rr dot com

I am sorry to hear that you lost your post. It's so tough when our schedules are tight and we put in so much hard work only to lose it!!!

I will be encouraging my 88 year old grandmother this week. We recently lost a beloved cousin and my grandmother is having a very tough time right now.

My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Blessings,
Nikii

Blogger Amy said...

What a blessing your post on encouragement was! It came at just the right time for me.

amybhamner at gmail dot com

I am praying for and encouraging my husband. He is having to deal with a stressful situation at work with someone who is his coworker and friend. We are praying for his friend to turn around and make wise decisions.

The verse that speaks to me most is:

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine....you are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you." Isaiah 43:1, 4 (NIV)

Thank you so much for the encouragement!

Blogger Katie said...

katie rose evans at yahoo dot com
Going to send my friend Angie a card to encourage her and tell her I love her.
My favorite encouraging verse is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, Plans to prosper and not to harm you, to give you hope future and a future."
That verse has helped encourage me and keep me going through the hardes times in my life!!
God Bless you Renee!

Anonymous Sara Rogers said...

Email: sara020608 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my best friend who's struggling with finding God's will in her life.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tamara
thunte11@ford.com

I quickly used two verses to encourage my friend who recently lost her mother (I Peter 2:9) and has been in a really dark place as well as friend who is going to court today to fight for custody of her children (Rom 8:37). Thank you so much for this devotion. It touched my heart and I am hoping that I am able to touch theirs.

Anonymous L F said...

lmorr613 at hotmail dot com

I am going to write an encouraging e-mail to a mom at church who has young ones and is down sick. Will also check with her to see that she is not lacking anything. Also, will be working on encouraging my husband with words and notes.

Just one Scripture is hard to do but Ps. 103:12 encourages me b/c it tells me I am forgiven: As far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our [my] transgressions from me!

Thanks!

Blogger Katie said...

My email is katie rose evans at yahoo dot com
I plan to send my friend Angie an encouraging card to tell her how much I appreciate her.
My favorite verse of all time is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you , says the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Anonymous Brandie said...

I'm sorry that you lost your post, I can't stand when that happens!

I will encourage my husband today as he is the one taking care of the kids all day long and searching for a job.

I don't have a favorite scripture...yet. I am a new believer and am still in the learning process of reading and understanding the bible.

I will say that I like the scripture that Mama posted.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For 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."

That speaks to me in so many ways. Thank you!

brandiecolbert at yahoo dot com

Anonymous Krissy T said...

kthompson dot sdhsband at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my husband, who struggles with worry. The Lord WILL provide, just what we need.
Matthew 6:34- Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
And of course, my all time favorite that applies to EVERYTHING-
Jeremiah 29:11, For 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.

Blogger Jill said...

Thanks for words of encouragement to encourage. :-) A couple of girlfriends' names came up, one struggling with cancer, another whose husband is out of work and a child struggling to find purpose, my own sons who need reminding that they are men of God.

jarich at hotmail dot com

I'm claiming Jer 29:11,too.

Blogger Cheri Bunch said...

I love your devotion, Renee'. This very thing happened to me recently. I shared a word with a friend, whose little girl passed away last year (6 years old), because I felt a nudge from the Lord to encourage her. She told me a two weeks later that she had seriously considered suicide even taking measure to carry out the act, but the word I spoke to her came back to her. When she remembered the word, her heart was strengthened and she did not go through with it. I had no idea that she might even think of doing that! Her testimony of the Lord using those few words to stop her brought me to my knees. I am so grateful that He stopped her.

One of my very favorite verses to encourage with is Psalm 5:3 NIV "In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."

Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord. There is a ripple down affect and it reaches far.

Blessings!
Cheri

cheribunch at gmail dot com

Blogger Melissa said...

Going to encourage my friend who has loved on our family a great deal during some rough times. winsomsouls at gmail dot com. Melissa

Blogger Laura Hicks said...

Laura - lmhicks at gwtc dot net

Going to be encouraging my sister.

Phillipians 4:13

Anonymous Lori Nicholson said...

lorinicholson at triad dot rr dot com
I will encourage my friend Janet, who is a wonderful godly leader.
I love in Zephaniah where the prophet says "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing."

Anonymous Heather said...

Thank you for your encouragement and letting the Lord use you to inspire others.

career.sales@hotmail.com

I will be encouraging a friend who is struggling with her job right now.

My favorite encouraging scripture is: "I am the Lord, thy God. Is anything to hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27

Anonymous Anonymous said...

denise at lci-lineberger dot com

I will be encouraging my co-worker who is having family problems. I will let her know she is not alone, and she has friends that care about her.

My favorite encouraging verse is one that I see in Karen Kingsbury books, Jeremiah 29:11.

Blogger Laura said...

lcraddockrn at gmail dot com

I'll be encouraging my 3 children as we continue our homeschool adventures. They're all learning some new things this week that are proving to be a challenge!

LOVE Proverbs 3:5-6

Blogger A Journey For Life said...

He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved. Psalm 62:6
I will be encouraging my husband in finding faith.

Anonymous Leitha said...

How frustrating...

leitha03 at yahoo dot com

My friend Chanda who is a mother of three battling some big demons.

My fav ver of the bible: Romans Chapter 8

Anonymous Anonymous said...

townsendbjzb at century link dot net
I am going to send a card to two friends in our church. One has 10 month old twin girls (I can't imagine the stress of two at once) and the other has recently taken over the bulletin and prayer list. I want them to know I think they are doing an awesome job!
This isn't a favorite scripture, but at the first of the year we started 'Goodnight Warrior' devotions with our 6 year old and they have been such an encouragement to me as well!

Blogger Danette said...

Danette
danetteh07 at gmail dot com
I will be encouraging my friend Lisa who is on the Made to Crave journey with me. I'll do that by giving her scriptures daily, praying for her and holding her accountable (we are accountability partners).

For 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...You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your encouragment!

cvrcall at cox dot net

I will be encouraging my son's high school counselor. She puts out so much time, effort and energy that she needs to filled back up again.

And it seems to me many's favorite:

Jeremiah 29:11 "For 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."

Blogger tracy said...

Hate when that happens and work is not saved!!!

tlgoldbach131 at verizon dot net

My favorite scripture is also Jer 29:11, I have reminders of it all over my house! And it was read at my 2nd wedding. My first husband passed away and I knew that marrying my best friend the 2nd time was God's plan for my future to have hope.

I will encourage a friend of mine this week, she always needs encouragement for so many reasons! I usually forward P31 devotions to her but I think she finally signed up to get them on her own!

Blogger Susan said...

Hello! Sorry about your technology issues-grrr very frustrating!

my email: shyman510@yahoo.com

Favorite verse: Hmm hard to come up with 1 so I'm going to say two of them:
Proverbs 15:1-'A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.' Very challenging to remember this with 3 teenagers in the house.
Matthew 6:34-'Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' This verse has helped me so much over the years. I really have learned to not sweat the small stuff anymore!

I'm going to be encouraging a dear friend this week as she embarks on the Made to Crave journey!

Blogger Kathy said...

This is a wonderful post! I have a friend who just lost her hubby to cancer, we are going to have lunch this week and I hope that the Lord will use me as an encouragement and just a shoulder to cry on for this dear friend.

~~Kathy

fourkerwins at sbcglobal dot net

Blogger Jill said...

•Jill Jarvis/jill[at]jilljarvis.com
•Shannon & Jen for their volunteering & encouraging of college women
•"For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

Blogger lmccurry78 said...

lisa.b.mccurry at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my boyfried, his new journey with Christ, and his struggles with letting go of his past and forgiving himself.

My favorite encouraging verse, is hard to narrow. I have two, if that's ok.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galations 6:9

and

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him" Psalm 62:5

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DonnaLarue at acxiom dot com

One of my favorite encouraging verses is Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorite verses is encouraging to me because I believe it illustrates our purpose for being and frees me to be what God created me to be.

Micah 6:8
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Although we are not perfect, we can do that.

Dawn Hanzel
micah68dh@windstream.net

Blogger SandraS said...

SandraS

My email is ssmith@blueortho.com

I will be encouraging to my boys.They are teenagers and that is a difficult time.

My favorite verse for encouragement is Joshua 1:9

Be strong and of good courage: do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be encouraging a special friend this week. My verse is proverbs 3:5-6.
LindaAnn at Grammy.25@comcast.net

Blogger Lori said...

lawoods1011 at gmail dot com

I am going to encourage myself this week to be disciplined about having quiet time with the Lord. I struggle everyday with this issue. My goal is to get into the word and here is where I began. I look forward to the daily devotions to help me achieve my goal. Thank you for making this so convienent that there is no room for excuses!

Philipians 4:13
I can (and will) do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me!

Anonymous Deanna said...

I have had times when I have written a whole blog and lost it so I understand how upsetting that can be.
Today I had a teen girl that said she wished she was so perfect just like other girls. I told her that just because the look "perfect on the outside doesn't mean they are not struggling with thinking they are fat, ugly, bolemia, other struggles in their lives. I told her to be herself and look from within not just from the outter shell because she never knows what others are going through no matter how "perfect" they percieve to be.

Psalms 139:14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in need of encouraging every day and for some reason February thru April is really tough on me.
I am blessed to have recieved a copy of letters from Leanne it is awesome i find myself so much like Jill and i also am very lucky to have Carol in my life she is my mentor and the one person i can freely talk about god or anything with. she is a blessing that i could never repay. a true gift from god.

i don't have a favorite scripture.
jchooks2@gmail.com

Blogger Lori said...

lawoods1011 at gmail dot com

I am going to encourage myself this week to be disciplined in spending quiet time with the Lord.
I struggle with this on a daily basis being convicted that I am not making time for the Lord. I am going to make it a goal to get into the word and read your Daily Devotions each day. Thank you for making it so convenient and leaving no room for excuses!

Philipians 4:13
I can (and WILL) do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me!

Blogger Dawn R said...

Thank you for these beautiful words of encouragment this morning!

dawn dot rodgers at masterpiecefit dot com

I'm going to encourage my friend Jennifer whose in the middle of the adoption process. I know that she is frustrated but I know that God is going to do something amazing in her family!

My favortie scripture for encouragement is 1 Sam 12:16

"Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!"

AWESOME!

Blogger Tracey said...

tracey1018 at comcast dot net

I am going to set out to encourage some youth at youth group this week.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7 (AMP)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry that you lost your post...stuff like that drives me crazy. And I am so glad that you went on to get sleep instead of rewriting...good for you girl!

melanieacroy at hotmail dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today. He is working on his masters degree and is very burnt out.

"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Have a blessed day!!!

Blogger smedleytheiss said...

My email is smedleytheiss@yahoo.com.

I will be encouraging 2 people this week: my sister, Faith, who is recuperating from acute renal failure 6 weeks ago and is battling depression AND my good friend, Lynn, who is in serious financial need after her ex-husband caused her to lose her job.

My favorite encouraging verse is Romans 15:13. The word HOPE was what I held onto when my husband was battling cancer for 2 years. He won the ultimate healing: to heaven with Jesus.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deborah McLaren at windstream. net
My friend Trish who lives God and needs encouragement this week.

"I love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy " ps 116:1. Amen for mercy!

Blogger hawaiidreamer said...

kjlehman09 at yahoo dot com

I plan on encouraging my friend as she goes through a very high risk pregnancy and doesn't know what is going to happen.

One of my favorite scriptures of encouragement is Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hapsap@epowerc.net
my son and wife are expecting their 1st child any day now - i will keep God's will first in their minds

Blogger Kim said...

Renee, thanks for the encouraging words. I would like to encourage my coworker this week, she's been struggling with many different things including feeling underappreciated. My favorite verse, which encourages me often is Proverbs 3:5-6 a friend recently reminded my of Jerm. 29:11, another encouraging one!

My email is smith.5333 at gmail dot com.

Blogger Gwen said...

I am going to encourage Robin this week. Thank you for your encouraging words! nutri10@hotmail.com.

Blogger Misty said...

jadjed2 at yahoo dot com

This is a trying week for us because of mid terms, I will be encouraging my two sons as they prepare for these test.

My favorite scripture is Psalm 121:1
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I am encouraging my husband today as he puts out another round of resumes. Of has been a long hard process and his self esteem has been shattered. I am going to encourage him to give it to God. We are not put here to fulfill our own purpose, but his. It doesn't matter our title on earth as long as we are lined up with him.

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Anonymous Dana said...

It can be discouraging when you lose all your hard work. Hang in there!

There are so many to encourage....my kids, my husband, my friends and neighbors....

My favorite verse is "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

dana001 at tds dot net

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for confirmation that I need to increase my encouragement notes! Will be writing an encouragement to each of the women on our women's ministry team.
My favorite encouragement verse: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 15:13
luvmyfamily underscore 84 at hotmail dot com
Blessings to you!

Blogger ckrs said...

Ckrs326@yahoo.com
Ckrs326 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging my husband today as he puts another round of resumes out. It has been a long process!

My encouragement verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you!

Blogger Alicen said...

Your post was still encouraging to me...when things don't go as planned...God helps us to let it go and adjust.

astrombeck at kaim-inc dot com

Diana Bagley is my friend to encourage.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Blogger Dave & Chrissy said...

Thanks for sharing Renee:)
You are a blessing to me in so many ways...

Chrissy- psalm145374@gmail.com

The person I want to really encourage this week is my husband and my kids....
For my husband... write little notes and leave them for him to see in the am before going to work..
Along with that I want to encourage my kids more with praise....
One of my favorite encouraging verses is Psalm 46:10- Be still and know that I am God.

May you be encouraged in the same way you encourage others.

God bless

Chrissy

Anonymous Pamela said...

I'm sorry you lost your post.... I look so forward to reading all of them daily.

mstelly1 at comcast dot net

I will be encouraging my husband and oldest daughter today. On Thursday my husband lost his job and is feeling inadequeate as a provider for our family. My oldest daughter has always struggled with math and is meeting with her counselor to try and get some help in understanding 9th grade algebra 1.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

crfenicle at gmail dot com
I will be encouraging my spouse who has started a temp position after being unemployed for ten months.
My favorite scripture for this time in our lives is Lamentations 3:19-23 "I remember my affliction and my wandering..my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Blogger N said...

My name is Niki l.atherton2@cox.net
I am speaking at our upcoming women's retreat next weekend, and as I prepared, I took a moment to read today's devo. 1Peter 2:9 encouraged me greatly. I added it to my presentation, and will use it to encourage all the women who come to this workshop!

Blogger Teresa said...

I love your devotions... I love sharing them to encourage ladies.

twhitley at mccrarydaniels dot com

I will be encourage a great friend of mine. She has been battling issues with depression and friendships.

Jeremiah 29:11
For 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.

This scripture has brought me so far. I once was someone who could not say my name in front of a group of people and now I can get up and teach a class to help our community that is struggling economically have the things they need with less money.

Blogger Elaine said...

I seem like maybe I could use some encouragement today so nice to be reminded that I am not alone.

esmteach@hotmail.com

I too am a constant encouragement to my college aged daughter especially today as she prepares for a job interview.

My favorite scripture:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Blogger Elaine said...

I seem like maybe I could use some encouragement today so nice to be reminded that I am not alone.

esmteach@hotmail.com

I too am a constant encouragement to my college aged daughter especially today as she prepares for a job interview.

My favorite scripture:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love to encourage the ladies in our Wed night Bible Study and Sunday school on Sunday mornings; we are working thru Lysa's study How to become more than a ....., enjoying it.
one of my favorite scriptures is
Phil 4, 6-7. This scripture became so real & alive to me years ago when I lost my job.
jeford5@yahoo.com

Anonymous Yanna said...

Yanna Westmoreland yannasw@yahoo.com
Bryan, Tx

I just found your post and know I will be blessed and encouraged entering into it. God is so good.

I have been keeping up with Joanne and plan to leave an encouraging comment to Joanne, Toben, Audrey, and Emma each and everyday. My favorite verse is "He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge, His faithfullness will be your shield and rampart." Psalm 91:4

Anonymous Anonymous said...

agggghhhh....computer crashes!!!

my name is Kelley and my email is steelerspensfan at yahoo dot com

Ever since I was young, my favorite verse is Ephesians 4:32

I am going to try to encourage my friend, Cathy. There is "drama" with her 2 girls(one 15, the other 9). I am going to send her a card or ecard at work.

Anonymous Wendy R said...

Hi, I am new to your blog and wanted to say that you inspire me. I am sorry you lost your post, but I am confident that God is editing your post as you ponder a new one. He has something even better to say and needs to get it out there today. Thank you for being His vessel.

wryder3@yahoo.com

I will be encouraging my mother in a few moments. She often questions God's wisdom and my father is at this moment going in for a biopsy on his prostate. His father died of prostate cancer and they are concerned. I know God is so much bigger than anything we even imagine. He loves us all so much.

Joshua 1:9 ... Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

I sent that verse by text to her in the hospital. Thank you for encouraging me to encourage her.

God Bless you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an employee who is in his 40's having triple bypass surgery today. He is not a Christian and has openly rejected Christianity, but he was receptive when I told him last week I would be praying for him. Fellow employees have all signed a card that says we will all be praying for him and will send it to him today for encouragement. Isaiah 41:10 is encouraging to me as is your devotional today! Our heat has gone out, my daughter is home sick and I am going to a specialist Thurs. for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I know that God will take care of everything, but I hope I will be better next week to attend your conference on the 19th! God Bless you for all that you do to encourage others! mckeels at hughes dot net

Blogger Charissa said...

Hello Renee!

palulu at verizon dot com

I am going to encourage a co-worker that has been struggling in her faith and her relationship with her husband. She also seems to compare what she lacks, financially, to other people and feels that she does not measure up as a person.

My encouraging scripture is:
Jeremiah 29:11 For 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.

God bless you!
Charissa

Blogger Emma said...

Praise the Lord!!
My email is:
eluvjazz2 at yahoo dot com

I will be encouraging all of my co-workers this week!! We are facing major cuts in our program and we are speaking at the school board meeting on Monday night.

My favorite scripture is Gen. 50:19-20
"But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."

Be blessed!!

Blogger Veronica said...

Bummer about your post...
My email is vrfuhs@gmail.com;

I have three daughters all teenagers, and I will be encouraging them to be strong in their faith when other temptations are facing them, from college exams, to high school drama and jr high drama!

My favorite scripture is from Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Blogger Heather said...

name: Heather
email: jchpod at sbcglobal.net
I plan to continue encouraging myself. I also plan to encourage my sister in Christ as she works for the city police. I will also plan to encourage my daughter to make good choices that honor God.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your post.

we4millers at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my Aunt who is going through a very tough relationship struggle. Listening to her mostly right now and reassuring her that God is able to keep her through all things.

Jer 29:11 is one of my favorites.

Dawn

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite verse is Matt. 6:33, Seek ye first the kindgom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. I have already forwarded your devotional to several friends and a sister struggling and written a note to each one. I always like to include in my notes several verses that apply to the specific trial they are going through, not my life verse necessarily. Notes really do matter and lift our friends' hearts and sustain them through their difficult times. They show our love and that we are there for them, walking the hard path with them, not just the joy journey.

Sweet Blessings and a great devo reminding us to take time for what matters to nurture those friendships.

Donna

Blogger Corie said...

Hi Renee,

I am going to encourage my friend, Kathy, this week. She is in a "blah" moment.

One of my favorite encouraging verses is Ephesians 4:29- "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

corierbradley@yahoo.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,
My e-mail address is the.morellis@gmail.com.

I will be encouraging my 5-year old son this week, who is having a difficult time coping with Daddy being overseas.

My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11:
"For 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."

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yaya_0527 at hotmail.com

I will be emailing some fellow teachers at my school and letting them know how much I appreciate their friendship and also how much I look up to them as women and teachers.

My favorite life verse:

But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10

Leigh Anne Hutto

Blogger Terri said...

Just came to your blog for the first time today from the Prov 31 daily devotional. So glad I clicked on through this time. :)

My email is proudbamama at hotmail dot com

I am going to tangibly encourage my friend Carol this week... actually TODAY! Thanks for prompting me to do so!

Blessings...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - I will be encouraging my niece this week as she struggles with being single and raising 2 young boys. My name is Kim Beasley and my email is KimB@pbclarchitecture.com. I also love Jerimiah 29:11..."for I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord". At a time in my life when I was feeling so lost, confused, and pointless, that verse was a new beginning in my walk with Jesus.
Thank you!
Kim

Anonymous Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com) said...

Encouragement is very important, and I realize that I need to be more encouraging towards my husband, so I'm going to concentrate on that.

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

emleepc at yahoo dot com

Blogger Terri said...

I found your blog for the first time today from the Prov 31 devotional email. So glad I clicked on through.

My email is proudbamama at hotmail dot com

I will tangibly encourage my friend, Carol, this week... in fact, TODAY! Thanks for prompting me to do so. :)

Blessings...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tripleameemaw@gmail.com

I will be encouraging my daughter-in-laws mother who is also a very good friend. She lost her Dad to cancer in November and is very bitter toward God and going through a very bad time of depression.

Favorite scripture:
I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me. Phil 4:13

Blogger Sandy said...

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Blogger Jennifer Garces said...

Sorry for your frustrations! The devil is always trying to interfere with our good work...press on...

OrganicaLandscape at gmail dot com

This week I am encouraging myself! I am feeling a bit low but I know that I am a daughter of the King and I must continue my race!

Leaning on Galatians 6:9 this week: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
:)

Anonymous Shelia B. said...

Thank you for your post.
baker4fam04@yahoo.com
I will be encouraging my best friend and sister-n-law as she struggles with the loss of one of her dear patients last week. She is new in the nursing field but has such a heart that each of her patients has touched her in some way even though she didn't want to admit it. Having lost one has been heartbreaking for her. She has definitely been given a gift from God to help others. I having been praying that God will open her eyes to see what a true gift she has and is to everyone.

Blogger Amy said...

Renee,
Your encouragement blog was emailed to me this morning. I will forward it to your email. Hopefully this will save you some stressing :)
Amy

Blogger Lmpreiss said...

Your encouraging words this morning (Tue) were wonderful! You are right that the right words will come along at the right time.

My email is: l dot preiss at comcast dot net

I'd love to encourage my daughter who is sick right now and also my husband who is away from home for a few weeks.

One of my favorite encouraging verses is Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

Blessings to you and everyone at Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Linda

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry that you lost your post but with God you never know what he is up to. Might be He wanted you to utilize plan B which is what you have done. He wanted to see His daughters encouraging a loved one by glorifying His name. I am going to encourage two male friends of mine who are at a rough place in their lives. My verse is "Whenever I am afraid,I will trust in You. In God I have put my trust, I will not fear. What can flesh do to me".

Blogger Sandy said...

I will be encouraging my friend Ann at work. She is continually being passed over for promotion due to 2 women that like to start trouble. I am praying for her and I have told her to read Psalm 138:7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Amen

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry that you lost your post but with God you never know what he is up to. Might be He wanted you to utilize plan B which is what you have done. He wanted to see His daughters encouraging a loved one by glorifying His name. I am going to encourage two male friends of mine who are at a rough place in their lives. I will text them. My email is dixoname@msn.com. My verse is Psalm 56: 3-4 "Whenever I am afraid,I will trust in You. In God I have put my trust, I will not fear. What can flesh do to me".

Blogger Jackie said...

moorejn2@gmail.com

I will be encouraging my daugher. She is 11 weeks pregnant very nauseous and also has a bad respiratory infection. She and her husband have a 3 year old and he is sick also. Will you say a prayer for them please!

I will never leave you nor forsake you" comes from Hebrews 13:5

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mrsbettystocker@yahoo.com

This week I will be sending Valentines to 3 college students and encouraging them to keep up the good work and to remind them of God's love.

Hebrews 13:5
I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.
(This scripture is good frontwords and backwords....Thee leave, nor thee forsake, NEVER will I!)

Anonymous D. Elliott said...

I loved the devotional on encouragement. It was just what I needed!

elliottsauto at infionline dot net

I plan to encourage my friend Tami. We are planning to go to lunch this week. I am going to tell her what an encouragement she has been to me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Suzette, my email is sbennett@compassrad.com

I will be encouraging my best friend this week. He is struggling with his faith and guilt. People in our church are reaching out to him and he is not accepting help.

My favorite scripture on encouraging is:
Don't you be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Anonymous Tamera Jean said...

Thank you for a wonderful devotion on P31 this morning! It was so encouraging, and such a great reminder to PASS THAT ON!! God sends His messages from heart to heart, doesn't He?! This week I'll be encouraging my kids, but also my mom who is caregiving a relative with stage IV brain cancer.

colt_pony at hotmail dot com

My favorite scripture this week is Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD." This could go on and on, it's a wonderful Psalm!!!

Thanks so much, again!

Anonymous Joy said...

Greetings!
texastoast@tx.rr.com
I will be praying for my dear friend that just found out yesterday she has cancer of the lymph nodes. One of my favorite scriptures is Micah 6:8 "to walk humbly with our God."

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that you lost your post.
I will be engouraging my daughters this week. They are going through some difficulties.
My favority scripture on encouraging is:
Phil. 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry Webster
kerber8367@gmail.com
I am going to encourage my mother this week. Her fiance' had hip replacement sugery two weeks ago and it has really been hard on her. I have not spoken to her in a few daysb, tu plan to call her this evening after work. I have done wellin being able to draw her out and get under that tough exterior lately. This way I have been able to get to the meat and potatoes of the issues that are hanging on her and provide her with some encouraging words.

The verse I would share is Phillipians 4:8

Anonymous Tiffany Smirl said...

tiffanysmirl at hotmail dot com

One of the 5 people I am going to encourage this week is my cousin Karmin who is going through a bad divorce after 17 years of marriage to an alcholic. I am going to send her a card with my favorite scripture which is listed below along with Jeremiah 29:13 that you have listed on the home page.

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope". Jer 29:11

God Bless.

Blogger Kristen Marie said...

Kristen Lila-kristenlila at aol dot com

I am going to encourage my girlfriend Sandra who has been going through a hard time.


My favortie encouraging verse is one of the one's you shared: "For [you] are God's masterpiece. He has created [you] anew in Christ Jesus, so [you] can do the good things he planned for [you] long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)"

Blogger CherlynHager said...

Cherlyn Hager; Cherlyn Hager at hotmail dot com

I will encourage my friend, Myrna.

My favorite encouraging scripture is:

She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction on her tongue. Prov 31:26

Blogger Jennifer said...

Jennifer at mjej4338 at embarqmail dot com. My favorite encouragement scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "Plans of good and not evil to give you a future and a hope." It's turned into a life verse for me.
I plan on trying to encourage at least one person a day. Today, I texted my husband what I hope are some encouraging words, as he faces a tough day at work. Thanks so much for your words that were "aptly spoken". :)

Blogger Marianne said...

I hate it when i loose something! Sorry that you did. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com
your post on my email spoke to my heart already. i will be encouraging my mom...she is 84 and is struggling with the issues that come with age...lose of independance, mostly.
mitzi_wanham at yahoo dot com

Blogger Penny said...

my fav encouraging verse for tjis moment is probably:
Phil 1:19b
..."what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." such an encouragement that our trials/struggles are not just "life", but rather that God intends to use them for greater things.
My other one would be Isaiah 58:9
"then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I."

This week I am encouraging my mom. She is in pain and I am standing on the promise that God WILL answer and this will be for her deliverance.
Though weary and tired, I'm grateful to serve a dependable God who always has our best in mind. NO randomness with our God!
Amen!!
Pennycmoore at hotmail dot com

Blogger Victoria said...

vwilson at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my parents and mother in law, both of who take care of our young son happily and lovingly.

My favorite scriptures for encouraging my sisters in the Lord include a variety from Proverbs 31.

Renee, thanks for the devotional. I needed the encouragement to get back to encouraging! I know that it is a gift I have been blessed with, but I have allowed busyness to be my excuse...time to write and mail some cards.
God bless, Victoria

Anonymous Anonymous said...

keeroga at yahoo dot com

I'm encouraging my 13-year-old daughter.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

Commit and trust both strong, life-changing words.

Cindy

Anonymous Karen said...

Good morning!
I was filled with encouragement as I read other posts.
Thank you for uplifting words to start my day!

My email is . . .
kelaineexpress at yahoo dot com

I continue to encourage a friend who is battling breast cancer, depression, loss of her job, and is married to a man she can't depend upon as he hasn't had a steady income in 6 years.

She's only 52.

Please join with me in praying for her.

I have several favorite encouragement Scriptures.
The one I give her today is
Psalms 70.

Blogger thuestis said...

My name is Terri Huestis
My email is thuestis9494 at yahoo dot com
I will be encouraging my son this week because he is having a hard time keeping up with his grades

Philippians 4:13 (King James Version)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Renee.
Thank you for your time and commitment to P31 ministries. It brings me daily encouragement.

Jill at jdav7@aol.com

I will be encouraging my young son who has a hard time making friends. He is a beautiful boy with a special personality.

I say and use IPeter 5:7.

Blogger Susan George said...

Sorry about your post - but glad you went to bed!!!
I will be encouraging my friend who has been out of work for 2+ years and has just about given up her search. My verse is:
Phil 4:12-13 -
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Blogger Karen said...

Ktcaton@gmail.com
I'm currently encouraging a dear friend being forced through an unwanted divorce by being her 2am friend and offering scriptural reminders that neither God nor I have forsaken her.
I'm also encouraging my 6-member sermon transcript team (we provide our pastors' weekly messages in written format for use by the hard-of-hearing, those who get more out of reading than hearing, and for several members who distribute them in prisons). This team frequently experiences computer issues that can cause great frustration. So I encourage the team with a scripture passage the Lord gave me for this very purpose:

Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. (Psalm 144:1, NIV)

Blogger Lisa said...

Sorry about you losing your post. How frustrating! You do good work here!
neuharth dot lisa at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my sister-in-law and also a friend of mine. Both have some things going on in their lives right now.

I am just starting to relearn Bible verses (have forgotten everything I learned as a child), so at this point I don't have a favorite (yet).

Blogger Lisa said...

Sorry about you losing your post. How frustrating! You do good work here!
neuharth dot lisa at gmail dot com

I will be encouraging my sister-in-law and also a friend of mine. Both have some things going on in their lives right now.

I am just starting to relearn Bible verses (have forgotten everything I learned as a child), so at this point I don't have a favorite (yet).

dd dot turner at comcast dot net

Thanks for the great thoughts on encouragement. I love sending notes to people and get frustrated when I do not follow through when I think of someone who may need a card in the mail to encourage them. I am sending several cards out today...the 6 gals I teach in my high school bible study group, a young man from our church serving in Greenland, my pastor and his wife.
Luke 12:6-7
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Anonymous Rachel Phillips said...

trmphillips at yahoo dot com

I am going to encourage the ladies in my community group at church. I am also going to be encouraging my husband in some things going on in his job. And since I have two little ones, I will be pouring encouragement into them and loving them more and more!

I think my 'favorite' verse changes with things going on in my life, but I think one that is applicable and needs to be EVER-present is that I need to: "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own." (Msg) and another that seems to be coming up a lot is "Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life." -Pro 4:23

Thank you for this opportunity.

Blogger Gail said...

gpatrick@depauw.edu

I will be encouraging a friends daughter who is a coach. I want to share with her just how far encouraging can go. She is also struggling with gender issues herself and I want her to know that God loves her no matter what and that through him she can do anything.

My favorite scripture is "For I know the plans I have for you" Jeremiah 29:11 Thank you so much for sharing.

Blogger Tera said...

I agree with Veronica, I dislike when things like that happen and lately they seem to be happening quite often for me too! :) However, I have been learning to pause and wait because there is a reason somewhere even in the computer world! :) I had a difficult time picking just one favorite however, Isaiah 43:2-3a - seems to be the one I am standing most often just now. It says: "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shalt not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior ... At the beginning of tax season this year I had a call from a young lady that desperately needed encouragement and that verse is the one I used to encourage her. She said that it was helpful and was glad that I took the time to help her. I asked if I could check back with her later in the week and she said that she would appreciate that. I am blessed that the person I "volunteer" for is also my pastor. Every day we pray with people and encourage them if needed. This day I will be encouraging one of the ladies in our church who has asked me to study the bible with her. As well as anyone I come in contact with that needs it today.
My email is terabuhlmann@yahoo.com
Blessings,

Anonymous Tammy L said...

Lutteach at aol dot com

I want to encourage my daughter today. She is a missionary in Moscow and is suffering with CFS.

I'm reminded today of Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My email is : jkendall22@gmail.com

I will be encouraging a young Mom in my Bible Study group that I lead. Her husband lost his job last week and she is suffering from pain in her back,headaches and depression.

My favorite scripture is: Isiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hlsisme at aol dot com

Trust in the Lord and Lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and and he shall direct your path.
Proverbs 3:5&6
I love this verse as it reminds me that I can not be encouraging or anything without trusting and relying on Him.
I need to be encouraging to my husband a pastor who has many heartaches and my daughter who is 8 and has a very poor self esteem. I will encourage my husband by reminding him how much God loves Him and my daughter by loving her and expressing how important she is to me and God.

Holly

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

My name is Hazel Gray.

I the devotionals from Proverbs 31 everyday and most of the time I feel like they are meant for me. While other times it makes me thing of something a friend is going through so I will forward it on to them.

I would also like to say to the stay at home mom, hang in there, don't give up. I am a working mom and I go through the same struggles because I often wish I could be a stay-at-home mom. However, I feel like I am at the point where God wants me to be right now.

One way my friends and I encourage each other is through texting. We like to text each other prayers and verses.

One prayer I often go back to is this one: "Dear Lord, help me to see and quiet my critical striving spirit today and greatfully accept who I am and where I am at this moment, for you are here ready to invisibly empower my life to count for plenty right where I am. Help me also to seek and hold Your definition of plenty-nothing more, nothing less."

I plan encourage both of my children today as my son has his first basketball game today and my daughter is having a tought time in school.

My favorite verse is Deuteronomy 33:12 because I can close my eyes and picture myself sitting on the lap of Jesus with my head on his chest and his arms wrapped around me and I feel safe.

"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders."

my email is
hazel dot gray at martinmlp dot com

Anonymous Tammy said...

Tammy

tammy at 1abc dot net

I will be encouraging a dear friend who's husband just lost his job.

I have several that I love, but for her I like: Hebrews 10:23
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for God who promised is FAITHFUL!"

Blogger We Six Nasons said...

Hi Renee
I just found your blog today, this morning, through the Proverbs31 ministries email devotional. I am so encouraged by your words of encouragement. Thank you.
My name is Karen
knason4 at gmail dot com

My favorite verse for encouragement is
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,
but
in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He WILL direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5,6

Anonymous Anonymous said...

grosesix at tds dot net

I will be encouraging my oldest son who has an injury that is preventing him from playing violin (his primary instrument for 14 years) to trust God and to find his value in the Lord not in his abilities.

Proverbs 3:5

Blogger cjmarie said...

cjcharger98ataoldotcom

I encourage people by sending cards, usually in the mail. i have been encouraging a friend lately by leaving a card on their windshield while they are working. I write a little note inside and maybe a verse that comes to mind and say a prayer before sending it to them.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your proverbs 31 devotion this week. It hit me when I was really needing encouragment.

I will be encouraging my friend Carolyn through a phone call.

My favorite verse is Hebrews 12:1-3
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

my email is grahls at sbcglobal dot net.

Thanks,

Molly

Blogger LeLav said...

Hello Renee - this is my first time to ever do this!

leanne dot laviolette at la dot gov

I will encourage my precious husband this week. He is starting a huge new project at work and is doubting his ability to handle it all. He has done even larger projects in the past but it's been over a year since being in charge of something of this magnitude.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you sayeth the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!

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Blogger Dana said...

How I needed this post!! Thank you, Renee. My email is danawade at hotmail dot com. When you asked for an encouraging verse my first thought was Jeremiah 29:11. Even though I've lived more than half my life, this verse still makes me feel like I have a good future. I hope to encourage my son this week. He is an alcoholic and he needs some encouragement and assurance that God loves him and performs millions of miracles each and everyday. One day this week might be just the day for my son's miracle.

Love in Christ,
Dana

SAVANNAH AT MRSHUTCHINSON08@GMAIL.COM

I will encourage my husband this week! We are about to expect our 4th child in about 2 weeks and things are financially hard.

One of my favorite encouraging scriptures is psalm 121:2
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth !!!!

Anonymous Janice said...

I have been thinking a lot lately about the power of words to crush or encourage. It is not insignificant that Jesus Himself was named the Word. Your devotional has encouraged me to use the power of Jesus Christ that we ALL have been given through the gift of speech and/or writing. I pray I can model this for my kids more than I have.

One of my favorite encouraging verses: Romans 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wwcolson@bellsouth.net

I will encourage my Aunt that lost her husband a year ago this week. She misses him very much as they were very close.

ONE of my favorite verses is "Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7

CAST - throw out , get it away from us - He wants our cares, what a comfort..

Anonymous Leigh F said...

I will be encouraging my step-daughter away at college. I visited with her last night after work and sent her an email today.

My favorite encouraging scripture is:

Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. and the peace of god, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4: 6-7

fantprestonL at att dot net

Anonymous Amy said...

Thank you so much for all you share!

mayer4 at bresnan dot net

I am and will continue to encourage my dad. He has accepted the Lord as his saviour and the Holy Spirit is stirring in him like crazy and I cannot even tell you the joy this brings me!

One of my favorite scriptures is:
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.
Proverbs 12:25

savannah at mrshutchinson08@gmail.com

I will encourage my husband as times are financially tough for us and we are expecting the birth of our 4th child in two weeks.

One of my many favorite encourageing scriptures is psalm 121:2
My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth !!!

Blogger ReRe said...

Clearissa Poston
Clearissa@nc.rr.com

I will be encouraging my friend Mia this week. She's not feeling positive about her weight loss effort and I know she can do this.

Myu favorite scripture that relates to this endeavor is "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."Philippians 4:13

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Blogger Rachel said...

Rachel: hoek73 at yahoo dot com

I will encourage Cara.

My favorite encouraging scripture is actually from your Proverbs 31 devotion: Ephesians 2:10.

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (NIV)

Blogger suzysouth said...

Susan Southerland

My email is suzy underscore south at hotmail dot com

I will be encouraging a friend who is 23 and pregnant for the first time, struggling in her marriage, and desiring to grow in the Lord and working hard towards that goal.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For 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."

Blogger judy said...

Sorry you lost your post Renee. Technology can be so frustrating sometimes! My email is jwhite857@hotmail.com. I will be encouraging my daughter this week. One of my favorite verses is I Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Sometimes it's hard to feel joyful but but I have found that just by whispering "thank you" to Jesus my attitude can change.

Blogger Martine said...

I encourage my big sister who had back fusion surgery recently and also has a grown(30) son with mental illness who is dependent on her and her husband.

My favorite encouraging verse is:

For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. Jer 29:11

Anonymous Sue said...

Gotta love technology :) Glad you were able to recover it!

Sue (themadunichs@milwpc.com)

I will be encouraging my husband as he is overtired and as he said this morning "without spirit"

My favorite scripture is "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I plan to encourage my prayer partner in Bible Study, as well as others that cross my path this week. Just last night we were discussing things we struggle with and the small group that I was in had many trials & many of them are on my mind as well.

benpip at yahoo dot com

When thou passeth through the water I will be with thee, and through the rivers they will not overflow thee, and when thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2

Anonymous Anonymous said...

jen6122 at hotmail dot com

I am going to encourage my husband. He lost his job at the beginning of this year and is still trying to figure out what to do.

My favorite encouraging verse is Luke 12:32- “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

-Jennifer

Anonymous Christie V. said...

chris_chicky at yahoo dot com

I have a role reversal.....a great friend of mine encourages me all of the time. If I have a problem, she is there for me with just the right words to say.

Through her, I have learned forgiveness and grace. I will be encouraging myself to be stronger in this life and know that God is there for me.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

Blogger valerie in TX said...

Ugh - I've lost a whole post before, and it is so frustrating! So sorry that happened to you!

valerie dot post at yahoo dot com

You know, I really need to encourage myself in the Lord this week. This is such a HARD, STRESSFUL week for me, jam packed with what feels like 400 things that MUST be done, and not nearly enough time to do them. I'm feeling so overwhelmed and discouraged.

My favorite verse of encouragement is Isaiah 41:13 "For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not be afraid, I will help you.'" Oh God, thank you so much....

Blogger Amy-k said...

Thank you for your post today. *I* was one of those readers who needed that encouragement myself!
I will be encouraging a coworker as she and her family deal with her daughter's diagnosis of Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Favorite encouraging verse: Romans 8:28 -- For we know all things work for good for those who believe in Him.
Thanks again!
Amy
ackrance at gmail dot com

Blogger jc.harris04 said...

Good job on choosing to go to sleep and trust God... that's a hard one for me too!

My email is: moirae21 at yahoo dot com

And I will be encouraging my 6 yr old daughter today, she has seen and been through some things lately that children shouldn't have to see so I try to focus on planting truth in her the best I can.

When I am feeling like I'm running into a brick wall and cannot seem to find my way, this favorite scripture encourages me to keep putting God first because everything else will fall into place:

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart!

There's so much more to this verse than meets the eye... it gives me so much hope and strength.

Blogger Annetta said...

Annetta Hindman

e-mail nettahindman@gmail.com

I will enourage my dear friend Lisa
1 of my favorite verses on encouragement is:

'He who has begun a good work in you will complete it." Phil. 1:6 NKJV

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your words. It encouraged me to write and call a friend this morning whose husband of 25+years left her 2 weeks ago. I will keep encouraging her. my email is jennifergblack@bellsouth.net

Blogger Crochetheaven said...

Hi ~
I will be doing my best to encourage my son as he is now without a job (which means he ahd to move home) AND his girlfriend broke up with him all at the same time. He is feeling so discouraged, lost and useless.
jana
walker1021@bellsouth.net

Anonymous Lisa M. said...

Renee, Thank you for writing this today. I would love to encourage my younger sister. She is a beautiful single woman facing many gaints in this season of her life. And like your friend, she too struggles with purpose. I try to up lift her but unnderstand that our great God is the only one that can offer true hope. I will keep it up. Thank you for all you do.
Zep. 3:17

Anonymous Carol said...

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

A friend lost her son about this time last year. It's time for a call to her.

carjgrins@yahoo.com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely agree "technology is wonderful when it works"!
email:
cw4jesus at hotmail dot com

I hope to be able to encourage a sister in Christ this evening. She FBd me a struggle she is encountering as a middle-aged single woman in relationships. I, too, am single and middle-aged and hope that my experiences in relationships can help me share some God-wisdom with her.

"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you, He will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, do not be afraid" Deut 31:8.
How comforting to know God not only walks beside me but He has already walked the path we are on!

CJW

OpenID slds56 said...

It was so God this morning. Before I read your blog I had this lady on my heart and thought about sending her an email to encourage her and let her know that I was thinking about her and how she was a blessing to me. After I read your post I went straight to my email and sent her an encouraging message.
One of my favoite verses is:
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,and lean not on your own understanding,in all of your was acknowledge Him,and He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6.

slds56@comcast.net

Blogger Charity said...

While my blog is not as important as yours is, I do get frustrated when I find just the right words to express how I feel and then...BAH! No save!

charitysweeks at gmail dot com

Today I have had a dear friend on my mind and have been praying for her and will be sending her a text soon. My favorite verse: Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Renee,
dhthompson at bellsouth dot net.
I am encouraging my son who is unemployed and having a rough time. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. So powerful.
Darlene

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hs_sunflower@hotmail.com
Encouraging a woman (Annie) that I am taking to a Celebrate Recovery Meeting tonight. The FIRST step in recovery.

Beauty for Ashes, Oil of joy for mourning....!

Blogger Sue said...

This is my first time reading your blog. I'm sorry you lost your post, BTDT. I plan to read your past blogs so I can know you better.

gramma09 at mymts dot net

The 23rd psalm is one of my favourite scriptures.

I will be encouraging my weight loss group this afternoon.

Blogger Kelly said...

Hi Renee,
My email address is keeekers@harbornet.com

I will be encouraging my daughter-in-law this week about some family things she is going through, as well as my husband with his job.

My favorite scripture on encouragement is: Proverbs 31:26, the Living Bible version:
"When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says."

Blogger shelly said...

Shelly

shellymelissaj21 at gmail dot com

I will encourage my mom because she has always encouraged me :)

Blogger Edwina said...

Renee,
I'm sorry you lost your post!

I will actually be encouraging 15-20 women on Saturday as I teach a seminar I've titled "Through God's Eyes." My favorite verse (right now) is the theme of Saturday's seminar: "The King is enthralled with your beauty."

edwina(dot)cowgill(at)yahoo(dot)com

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