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!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. Laura

    gazzaways at yahoo dot com

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

    Jeremiah 29:11

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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."

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Crystal Fann says:

    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

  10. Kendra Cameron-Jarvis says:

    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

  11. Anonymous says:

    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).

  12. Anonymous says:

    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…

  13. Anonymous says:

    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

  14. 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

  15. Anonymous says:

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Brenda W. says:

    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

  18. Anonymous says:

    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

  19. 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

  20. Anonymous says:

    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

  21. 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.

  22. Anonymous says:

    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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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)

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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!}

  31. 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.

  32. Anonymous says:

    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

    T

  33. 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!

  34. Anonymous says:

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

  35. Anonymous says:

    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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

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

  39. Anonymous says:

    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

  40. 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

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. Sara Rogers says:

    Email: sara020608 at yahoo dot com

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

  44. Anonymous says:

    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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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."

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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

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

  52. Laura – lmhicks at gwtc dot net

    Going to be encouraging my sister.

    Phillipians 4:13

  53. Lori Nicholson says:

    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."

  54. 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

  55. Anonymous says:

    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.

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. Anonymous says:

    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!

  60. 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

  61. 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!

  62. Anonymous says:

    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."

  63. 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!

  64. 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

  65. •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

  66. 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

  67. Anonymous says:

    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

  68. Anonymous says:

    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

  69. 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.

  70. Anonymous says:

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

  71. 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!

  72. 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.

  73. Anonymous says:

    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

  74. 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!

  75. 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!

  76. 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)

  77. Anonymous says:

    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!!!

  78. 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.

  79. Anonymous says:

    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!

  80. 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.

  81. Anonymous says:

    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

  82. 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.

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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!

  86. 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!

  87. 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

  88. 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!

  89. 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!

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. Anonymous says:

    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!

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

  95. 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

  96. 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.

  97. Anonymous says:

    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.

  98. 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!

  99. 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.

  100. 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

  101. 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

  102. Anonymous says:

    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

  103. 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

  104. Anonymous says:

    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.

  105. 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.

  106. Anonymous says:

    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

  107. 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

  108. 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!!

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. Anonymous says:

    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

  112. Anonymous says:

    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

  113. 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

  114. Anonymous says:

    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."

  115. Anonymous says:

    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

  116. 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…

  117. Anonymous says:

    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

  118. Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com) says:

    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

  119. 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…

  120. Anonymous says:

    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

  121. 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.
    🙂

  122. 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.

  123. 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

  124. 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

  125. Anonymous says:

    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".

  126. 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

  127. Anonymous says:

    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".

  128. 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

  129. Anonymous says:

    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!)

  130. 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.

  131. Anonymous says:

    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

  132. 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!

  133. 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."

  134. Anonymous says:

    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.

  135. Anonymous says:

    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

  136. Tiffany Smirl says:

    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.

  137. 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)"

  138. 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

  139. 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". 🙂

  140. 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

  141. 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

  142. 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

  143. 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

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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)

  149. 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).

  150. 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).

  151. 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.

  152. Rachel Phillips says:

    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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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,

  155. 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.

  156. 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

  157. 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

  158. 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

  159. 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!"

  160. 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

  161. 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

  162. 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.

  163. 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

  164. 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!

  165. 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

  166. 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 !!!!

  167. 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?

  168. 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..

  169. 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

  170. 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

  171. 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 !!!

  172. 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

  173. 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)

  174. 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."

  175. 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.

  176. 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

  177. 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

  178. 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

  179. 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

  180. Christie V. says:

    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

  181. 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….

  182. 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

  183. 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.

  184. 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

  185. 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

  186. 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

  187. 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

  188. 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

  189. 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

  190. 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

  191. 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.

  192. 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

  193. 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….!

  194. 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.

  195. 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."

  196. Shelly

    shellymelissaj21 at gmail dot com

    I will encourage my mom because she has always encouraged me 🙂

  197. 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

  198. My email: asieck at yaley dot com

    I will be encouraging a friend of mine who is embarking on a new career. I will be sending her a note letting her know how encouraging she is to me and that I will be praying for her and will be there for her anytime.

    My favorite scripture for encouragement is:

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  199. Debbie FD says:

    dcfdaniel at alaska dot com

    I will be encouraging my friend who's husband is out of town and she and all 5 kids are sick…YIKES!

    Verse: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

  200. Hi, Sorry about your post… I've been there and know how you feel.

    mommy22ss at me dot com

    I will be encouraging my children and my husband this week (and always) and my Kids Praise Choir kids.

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

  201. Patrice Bullard pbullard@consignmed.com

    I will encourage my daughter. She recently moved with her husband to Hawaii, and though that sounds great, she is missing friends and family back here on the mainland. I am praying that God will place them in the right place to meet young couples.

    Thanks

    Patrice

  202. I am going to be trying to encourage my 19 year old daughter. She is feeling rather lost at this point in her life, not knowing what the future holds.

    Proverbs 3:5,6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

    Matthew 6:33
    Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    Tracy H – trariel@email.phoenix.edu

  203. Jennifer Lumsdon

    smidjen at frontier dot com

    I will be encouraging my daughter to be the beautiful girl that God has made her to be.

    My encouraging scripture (with my own emphasis): Romans 8:28
    And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  204. mbankston@ecmhci.com

    I will be encouraging my daughter and daughter-in-law, who are both new mothers, dealing with the stresses of being a mommy.

    Jeremiah 29:11-14

  205. Jennifer Renee says:

    Renee I can't wait until Wednesday when you do your video blog with Jennifer Rothschild. I love her and she is an encouragement to me. A part of that might be because I'm also blind.

    My Email JenniferReneeRodd@gmail.com

    I love to encourage others and I usually do it with a quote or poem I come across. I'm not sure who I'll encourage this week but God knows who will be put in my path that needs a word of encouragement.

    One of my favorite Scriptures, and this year it's my Scripture of encouragement, is Psalm 91:11
    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

  206. Aloha from Hawaii Renee,

    This is my first time reading your blog. Really enjoy it.

    Monika
    celix1222 at gmail dot com

    I will be encouraging my mom as she is going through some major difficulty with her marriage.

    My favorite scripture 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.

    Thank you.

  207. coopercrew4 at gmail dot com

    My girlfriend is going thru a pretty bad divorce after being cheated on 3+ times. Raising three little ones under the age of 10 is not how she wanted her life to turn out. She, like all of us, needs a lot of encouragement, strength and help. I always go back to Isaiah 40:31. Those that hope in the Lord with renew their strength. They will walk and not grow weary, run and not faint. Boy have I had to lean on that over the years!

    Brooke

  208. Thanks, Renee for your encouraging words. I am trying to keep my dear friend Barb encouraged as she struggles with a medical problem that they can't find the answer to. Please pray for her. God Bless!

  209. I am new to the Proverbs 31 daily devo's and I am very blessed by them already.

    tashalynn31 at yahoo dot com

    I will be encouraging a youth who was previously in our Jr. High youth group. I just found out that she is about to embark on motherhood at the tender age of 17. I am encouraged by the fact that she has chosen to keep her baby and own sacrifice her own childhood for the sake of this precious baby.

    The verse that encourages me the most in this situation 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 a hope and a future.

    God is in Control all the time.

  210. Anonymous says:

    Sarah Birmingham at sarahjbirmingham@yahoo.com

    First let me say how much I LOVE PROVERBS 31 ministry! I am often forwarding the devotions to people and encouraging them to sign up to receive the daily emails. They have been a huge blessing to me.
    One of my favorite things to do is write thanks yous and send out encouragement to those I know are struggling. I am planning to encourage my sister in law who is a mom of 5 ( one being a baby in the nicu born at 23 weeks) who believes that her marriage is over.
    I love verses psalm 27:13 and 14 (NASB) I would have despaired unless i had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD

  211. Anonymous says:

    khartman at tusculum dot edu

    I am going to encourage my friend whose father just received a very poor health prognosis.

    One of my favorite sets of encouraging verses is Isaiah 43: 2-3. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk though the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
    I love this reminder that when we feel like we will be swept away or pulled under by all the "stuff" of life, God promises that indeed we will NOT be overcome!

  212. jimmy becknell says:

    i love provebs 31 minstiers all who have a hand writes this are truly of and love God! my verse of encorement is love your God with your mind love yourGOd with your heart and sour i donot recall the chapter or verse, jimmy

  213. Janet V
    agape13c@msn.com

    I want to encourage my friend Stephani this week by calling her and hearing how things are going. I want to tell her what a good Mom she is to her 16 year old son.

  214. Heather B says:

    twinbing at msn dot com

    I will be encouraging my daughter as she faces tough decisions about where to go to college in 2012, staying on top of her studies and keeping close since we lost my husband nearly a year ago in March.

    I keep 2 Timothy 2:22 written down and posted nearby always.

  215. Anonymous says:

    I loved your devo today….as an insecure mom, I can identify with what you wrote about. I love the uplifting verses you chose-they really spoke to my heart.

    I'm going to try to encourage my hubby and help him see how important he is to me. He's a great husband and father.

    Amy V. in WI

  216. rcolumbus7 at gmail dot com
    I am going to send an encouraging note to an old high school friend who I just found out has had a mastectomy. It is not her first bout with cancer & she & her husband have divorced as well.
    My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and I love Isaiah 41:10

  217. Aimee Tapp
    aimee98 at aol dot com

    I will be encouraging a friend at work – we're going through a lot of the same things.

    My favorite verse for 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

  218. Anonymous says:

    pjmccoy@bellsouth.net

    I will be encouraging (by listening) to my best mom friend as she grieves the loss of her only son (senior in high school)last year and ministers to her husband.

    Hebrews 12:2
    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector or our faith, who for the joy set before him endureed the cross, scouring its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  219. Thank you for your encouragement. It really spoke to me how I need to be more encouraging to the people around me. I am going to start this week by letting a group of ladies know how they blessed me this last week. Have a great week.

    jmoull at hotmail dot com

    My favorite scripture that God has used in my life for over 18 years of ministry is Jeremiah 29:11. It has been a great part of my life.

    God's blessings,
    Joy Moull

  220. Michelle S says:

    What a great story – I still love to get "real" mail and know how valuable and rare handwritten notes are these day.
    I plan on continuing to encourage my sister-in-law as she has been back and forth to the hospital the past week with her son, while at the same time she is preparing to run a half marathon that she has worked very hard to train and prepare for.
    While I don't have a favorite scripture – I remember a bible study leader say that the phrase "fear not" or "do not be afraid" was used frequently and I think that is for a reason that God does not want us to be afraid – of decisions, of natural disasters, etc. That not being afraid to live was so important God said it often. I find comfort in that phrase often.

    Email is msteltz at sbcglobal dot net

  221. On Sunday, I reconnected on Facebook with a friend I had lost contact with and found out since we had talked 2 years ago she has been through a terrible divorce, has low self-esteem, is very lonely, and doesn't know Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I'm praying God will give me just the right words to speak encouragement to her heart. tlpetty218 at gmail dot com

  222. I suppose my ladies SS class would be the ones I will be encouraging. Sunday, a longtime member of the class passed away. I'm fairly new to the class and only met the lady once but she had a very magnetic personality and she was a person who shared her faith with everyone, so she will be greatly missed.

  223. Melanie M says:

    Thank you!! I am going to write my aunt a note of encouragement. She has been there for me in a big way over the past 3 years as my marriage is resurrected from the ashes of my husbands affair. She is now in need of some encouraging words and I want to be there for her. Thank you again.

    mamckinley3 at yahoo dot com

    my favorite scripture is:

    Isaiah 40:31 "But those who's hope is 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."

  224. Anonymous says:

    Sorry you lost your post.

    gailb999@yahoo.com

    I will be encouraging my 2 sisters. One who broke her arm and because of it lost her new job and the other because of a difficult marriage she's dealing with. We all pray for each other and I lost my job over a year ago and am stuggling whether to stay put or to move with one sister. I'm waiting for a word from the Lord to let me know which way I should turn before making this difficult decision. I have never lived anywhere but where I am and it would take a giant leap of faith to do this.

    Psalms 23

  225. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Renee. This came at just the right time!

    I will be encouraging a friend who just had eye surgery and will need to be face down for 10 days! Our small group of 4 (she's one of us) will be joining her for our girl time this week, sitting on the floor by her bedside, looking up as she looks down.

    One of my favorite verses 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."

    Love your blog!
    clhklavier at netzero dot net

  226. jobotopher at msn dot com

    I will be encouraging a 17-year old mother who will be having a funeral for her baby this week.

    My encouraging verse is: Jesus wept. John 11:35

  227. Thank you for your words of encouragement. One of the scriptures you quoted is one of my life verses, Isaiah 43:1.

    gplhome at sbcglobal dot com

    I would send encouraging words to my daughter Becca who is expecting her first baby – my first grandchild. She is far away from home in Hawaii. Her husband Zach is in the Navy.

    "From the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint (overwhelmed) lead me to the rock that is higher than I.For thou hast been a shelter/refuge for me, a tower of strenth against the enemy." Psalm 61:2,3

    You are a blessing!

  228. cain4him at hotmail dot com

    I will be encouraging my employer, her dad is very ill and I'm sure she'll encourage me as I've needed it since the Christmas Eve passing of my hubby.

  229. Rebecca

    tiggerdaisy at gmail dot com

    I plan to encourage several people this week: my best friend, a few women at church, my grandmothers and my husband! 🙂

    Encouraging verse: I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14

    Can't wait to hear more on this topic!

    Prayers and blessings,
    Rebecca

  230. Anonymous says:

    My email address is SueNabb at Gmail dot com.

    I would encourage my grand daughter who just moved in with us. She is fighting a drug problem and needs serious prayer and encouragement daily as do I.

    My favorite encouraging Bible Verse is Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

  231. asmedlin@aol.com

    I will be encouraging my daughter who is struggling with her job search in the nursing field.

    My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. This is a verse that God has planted in my heart time and time again.

  232. Thank you for the window of opportunity to witness the encouragement of others.
    My address is: flutrby4@hotmail.com
    I will be encouraging my husband who fears I will never become employed again.
    My favorite scripture is John 14:27
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    Blessings to you and yours!

  233. Michelle
    Michelleschneck@yahoo.com

    I will be encouraging my husband as he works out of town by sending him devotionals ( like yours ) . These are gender neutral ideas. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart br pleasing to you,O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

  234. I will be encouraging my kids and my husband this week. Sometimes I try to encourage them by texting them a word of encouragement or a verse. I also pray before I walk into the office each day, that I can be a blessing & encouragment to my coworkers. My favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5,6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

  235. Karen
    segos 4 at comcast dot net
    I will be encouraging my kids and husband this week. Sometimes I try to encourage them by sending a text with words of encouragement or a verse. I also pray before I walk into the office each day that I can be a blessing & encouragement to my coworkers. My favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

  236. Billie Collier
    biddy332 at sbcglobal dot net

    One of my favorite passages:
    2 Peter 1:3-11

  237. Suzy
    Suzy at qbooksnj dot com

    I wish to encourage several people this week . may the Lord help guide me by His Spirit to just those people He wants me to encourage. It is only through He that has taken my mess that is able to make it a message. Come Holy spirit and lead the way. I am just a sinner lost in my flesh daily . I have been blessed myself by the gift of encouragement and surrender all to you Father to allow me the privalege to encourage others in my home ,workplace, relationships, and with complete strangers. Thank you.

  238. Suzy
    Suzy at qbooksnj dot com

    I wish to encourage several people this week . may the Lord help guide me by His Spirit to just those people He wants me to encourage. It is only through He that has taken my mess that is able to make it a message. Come Holy spirit and lead the way. I am just a sinner lost in my flesh daily . I have been blessed myself by the gift of encouragement and surrender all to you Father to allow me the privalege to encourage others in my home ,workplace, relationships, and with complete strangers. Thank you.

  239. Angel Pyles
    angelface_101@msn.com

    Jer. 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

  240. Lynn T: I thank God for all the women He placed in my life giving encouragement. I ask God to guide me everyday to someone I can encourage for Him. I was inspired from reading your devotional today.

  241. Lynn T: I thank God for all the women He placed in my life giving encouragement. I ask God to guide me everyday to someone I can encourage for Him. I was inspired from reading your devotional today.

  242. God has given me the gift of encouraging others but recently I have not been doing very well at using my gift. Thanks to your devotional, Renee, I am encouraged to do the same for others. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and may He richly bless you. I don't have just one person but a list of people God wants me to encourage.
    Fannie from Kansas fgoldsmith@cox.net

  243. Melanie Hall says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words.
    Melanie Hall at weaselhall@yahoo.com

    I want to encourage my sister who is facing some health issues by giving her some special scriptures and try to go help her pick up around her house.

    2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (The Message)

  244. nicolemgomez @ gmail dot com

    I'm going to encourage my sister this week. I will remind her everyday that she was chosen by God and that He has a purpose for her life even though she may feel like she doesn't.

    My favorite verse is Psalm 139:14
    "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

  245. I try to encourage people all day long as I talk over the phone to people who are struggling with health issues. But this week I am specifically encouraging my youngest daughter as she is at that age when girls can be sooo mean.

    Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father's house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
    Psalms 46:10-11
    cjelliott8 at yahoo dot com

  246. shannon @ http://www.theinspiredpage.blogspot.com:

    My entire post this morning is about being the encourager to my husband. About blessing him with encouragement when he walks away, not about me being a winner when I walk away from a conversation.

    My quote would be Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. I must be humble and care enough to put his needs first to beable to encourage him with my words–shouldn't that be the goal of any conversation I have. Lord please help me tame this tongue LOL

  247. Heather Smith
    heathergenes@aol.com
    I will be encouraging my mom by giving her uplifting words and sending card to her. She has health issues and can not do alot.
    Jer 29:11 is my favorite verse and it is the verse I claim for my life and share with others.

  248. lori dot newham at gmail dot com

    I am going to encourage a friend from my bible study. she is having a lot of trouble with her teenage son who has been talking suicide and is very depressed. She is overwhelmed right now and needs prayers.

    Favorite verse is Philippians 4:6
    "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God."

  249. Cheryl McLeod @mcleodsc@aol.com

    I am going to encourage my stepmother, Charlotte. She recently had a knee replaced. She is caring for my ailing father. She does get some help from hospice but she does almost all of the care-giving even tho she is recovering from the knee replacement. My go to scripture is Philippians 4:13-"I can do all things thru Christ who strenghtens me." I cannot tell you how many times this verse has given me strength.

  250. Anonymous says:

    Renea Harrin harrinr@vmcmail.com

    I will be encouraging my friend Brittney, she's going through a tough time right now.

    my favorite verse is

    And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    And as always, thanks for your words of encouragement. All of the p31 gals posts are so helpful.

    Have a bleseed day
    Renea H

  251. pkoelling@gmail.com

    I will be encouraging my friend who is struggling with weight loss.

    My favorite verse for encouragment is

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

  252. Today's devotional was perfect for me, as I myself am struggling with purpose as a stay at home housewife!

    My name is Christine and my email is: furmomof5@gmail.com

    I will be encouraging my husband today by reminding him how thankful I am for all his hard work in providing for us. I don't do that often enough and he needs to hear it!

    My favorite scripture is this: "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (John 6:37). It's my sweet reminder on those days when Satan tries to tell me I am unworthy of the Lord's love, that Jesus will never drive me away!

    God bless!

  253. Pam Wolfcale at thewolfcales@gmail.com

    A sweet friend at our church Preschool is going through chemo treatments for breast cancer. Her spirit is amazing. I plan to take her a dinner and have been sending her cards to encourage and support her.

    But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

  254. Anonymous says:

    lpritts@proag.com

    I will be encouraging my prayer partner through my First Place For Health Class as she struggles with unhealthy food choices/temptations.

    "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NIV)

  255. Riley

    rockinriley37@yahoo.com

    My stepmom. Today's devotional reminded me of the power of encouragement.

    Favorite Verse: Be joyful always! – Thess. 5:16

  256. just wondering about posting email addresses…
    1) isn't it unsafe to publically post email addresses?
    (I've had mine stolen from a post before)
    2)Just wondering why you have folks type them out with the at and dot….?

  257. I am trying to encourage a young lady (teen) who doesn't know much about God. She is a sweet girl who has had to deal with some abuse and neglect in her life.

    I also want to help out a lady at our local Christian school who works in the office.

    It is fun to look for ways to bless others around you…whether a smile, a little help to someone in the grocery store, a kind word or joke to cheer someone up…There are so many opportunities around us…

    Thanks for the reminder!

  258. scarletstiteler@yahoo.com

    I will be encouraging my mom, a year ago today she almost died of Congestive Heart Failure.

    The scripture that I use when I need encouragement and want to give encouragement is Proverbs 139:14 – I am Fearfully and Wonderfully made.

  259. Angelica Carrasco-Taylor

    mamarasco7@gmail.com

    I would like to encourage my baby sister (27). In the last 9 months she has lost her job, her car, her place of residence, and her telephone service.

    My favorite scripture is: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

  260. 1. Cindy Purdy cpurdy0703 at yahoo dot com
    2. my daughter by sharing daily devotionals & keeping our conversations positive.
    3. Eph. 2:10

    TEMPER is what gets most of us in trouble. PRIDE keeps us there.

  261. laura.lisius@ggp.com

    I will be encouraging my friend Cathey who has been unemployed for 10 months.

    My favorite verse

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

  262. Jen

    jensamplec21 at hotmail dot com

    I will encourage my brother with words as he's struggling to find his way in life and fighting against past mistakes.

    Jeremiah 29:11

  263. rose mortimer
    abramjamee@verizon.net
    i will be encouraging my son with his drug addiction in getting some help.
    my favorite scripture is do not worry about tomorrow in matthew
    i love reading your devotionals. May God Bless You and thank you.

  264. Vanessa Joy Morton
    vanejoy2728@aol.com

    I will be encouragingone of my good friends who is going through a very rough time right now. she is going through a divorce and feels useless through her business she runs. she quit her business because of what she is going through and doesnt know what to do or if she will ever find love again.

    A favorite encouraging verse of mine which i will share is, "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." Zephaniah 3:17.

  265. Name: Marla Y
    Email: koinonia572001@yahoo.com

    I will be encouraging my son as he prepares himself for the upcoming State wrestling tournament in Iowa.

    My encouraging Scripture is:
    Isaiah 41:10 – "Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand."

    This Scripture has gotten me through many fearful and trying times.

    Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway. God bless and have a wonderful blessed day!

    Marla 🙂

  266. svrmomof6 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I am focusing my encouragement on my third child (of six) for the remainder of this week. His step dad has not been too kind to him lately.

    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.'

  267. Anonymous says:

    I will be encouraging my friend who lost her Father not too long ago. I will be sending her a Christian fiction book about China, where her family is originally from.
    Matt. 28:20- second half, and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Nothing more encouraging than that!

  268. -One of my favorite encouraging verses is Jeremiah 29:11
    -I will be encouraging my very best friend, who is dealing with marital issues
    -rmbothe(at)comcast(dot)net

  269. Anonymous says:

    I NEED TO HAVE ENCOURAGING VERSE BECAUSE MOUTH RUNS TOO MUCH ABOUT GETTING OTHERS DOWN. ANY SUGGESTIONS. I KNOW BETTER BUT I DON'T DO BETTER.

    I WILL ENCOURAGE MY CLOSEST (DISTANCE) TO ME BEST FRIEND . EMMA HER HUSBAND IS HAVING HIS 2ND KNEE REPLACEMENT
    THIS AM. I WILL SENT THEM E CARDS TO THE HOSPITAL. WHEN I GET TO TALK TO HER I WILL ENCOURAGE IN WORDS. WHEN I SEE HER I WILL GIVE A BIG HUG. PROBABLY MAKE A MEAL FOR THEM. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH ME. Kay Parrish

  270. Anonymous says:

    This is my entry for the drawing. 5people that I want to encourage this week-Mike,Drew,Sarah,Will and Jill.
    Peace,
    Susan

  271. Anonymous says:

    Hi. I sent a ( encouraging) e-mail message to someone in need.

    One of my favorite verses..

    Psalm 107: 1 “O Give Thanks unto the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Kimberly

  272. anna.walter81@gmail.com

    I plan to encourage my husband who is laid off.

    1 peter 5:7

  273. Anonymous says:

    Tuesday February 8, 2011

    Dearest Renee Swope, Proverbs31 Ministry,

    My name is Jill and I have been praying about applying to an assistant coaching position at my son’s high school and I felt God nudging when I was reading that the person’s name is Jill and she is a coach in your Devotion this morning. As a Christian, I know that these types of things are not just a coincidence because God can use you to connect with me. You wrote at the end of your devotion about encouraging others and if we had an encouraging verse.

    My encouraging verses are in Proverbs 3:5-6 “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.”

    You also wrote something about winning today’s give-away, so, how do I enter?

    Thank you so much for sharing with the other writers from the Proverbs31 Ministry and I have enjoyed receiving my weekly emails from Chritianity.com Encouragement for Today.

    God Bless you,

    Jill

  274. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee…

    Thank you so much for your great stories and I love getting devotionals daily from Proverbs 31!

    I have began my week on Sunday encouraging my friend.

    James 1:2-3
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

    God Bless and have a great day!
    Denise

  275. Anonymous says:

    Christina Pedigo

    I encouraged Mercedes Hedrick.. a youth in our church! She dislikes going to school and I had a talk with her and she says I encouraged her to go everyday.

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1).
    I want to be your Encourager, a voice that cheers you on to believe that God is who he says he is and that walking in his ways will prosper your soul.

  276. Anonymous says:

    Renee,
    Thank you for your kindness. If it is not too late.
    my name is jennifer and email is __________________
    Because of you blog , I reached out to a friend this morning whose husband of twenty plus years left her, with a call and a note. I encouraged her with Jeremiah 29:11. I will keep writing to her this week.

  277. Anonymous says:

    Email is jhixson@savannahchristian.com

    Dawn in my bible study group – going through hard time – recent loss of father and issues surrounding that. Going to give her a book that helped me and see about connecting with her for coffee.

    2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 from the Message – Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

    That fuels me…… I am encouraged and energized.

    Have a blessed day.

    Jane Hixson

  278. Anonymous says:

    Dinawb@hotmail.com

    Favorite verse is Proverbs 31

    Just started your Crave class and am already encouraged

    Dina Bowman

  279. Anonymous says:

    Michelle Hudson
    rebel38chelle@yahoo.com

    I am going to encourage one of my co-workers by speaking words of encouragement to her each morning this week and praising her for what a good job she is doing.

    "If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant." Job 36:11 (NLT)

  280. Anonymous says:

    My name is Debbie Dinderman. I am going to encourage Rachel Haney this week.

    "Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer" Ps. 19:14

  281. Anonymous says:

    Cherie Moore
    email: wildcherrrys@sbcglobal.net

    The one person I am going to encourage this week is my Mom. She has been down the last few weeks, not really sure why…She has always been there, encouraged and prayed for me, and now it's my turn to Really step out and be there for her.

    One of my favorite verses, wrap it all up!
    1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    God Bless You and Thank you for Proverbs 31 Ministries!

    Cherie Moore

  282. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Ms. Renee. Please enter me in the above giveaway.

    1. My name is Danita Goode at GoodeSeed@gmail.com
    2. I am going to encourage my pastor's wife, Candyce Lucente, by writing a love letter to her from Jesus declaring His love for her and letting her know that He has a purpose and a plan for her to encourage and teach other women about becoming victorious in all areas of their lives through Christ Jesus. I'm presenting it to her tonight after dinner (she and pastor are coming over to our house for the first time for a Bible Study – my husband and I are becoming members of their church). The LORD impressed upon me to flip the switch by encouraging her (because she does not expect to receive the way she gives).

    3. One of my favorite "encouraging" verses [when all hell seems to break loose in my thought life] is Philippians 4:8:

    "…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
    whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

    Thank you and have a BLESSED and JOYFUL day

  283. Anonymous says:

    MY NAME: GINA MOSHER

    EMAIL: ginamosher@gmail.com

    I will be encouraging Jasmine this week. You see, I am a Housemom for a Girls Home. Jasmine is our newest "daughter". She is an amazingly beautiful girl, but has only been "loved" for her looks. She has been with us now for two months and her family has not called her even once.
    Jasmine has so much potential, yet she is 16 and still in the ninth grade, because no one cared if she went to school or not. I plan to share more with her this week on how the Lord sees her and how I see her. I want to share with her the beauty and talents that she brings to those around her that has nothing to do with her body. I also will be sharing my favorite verse with her. Psalm 56:8 states, "You keep track of all of our sorrows (wanderings). You have collected all of my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (NLT)

    Thank you and God bless,

    Gina Mosher

  284. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Renee,

    I would like to enter your contest. My name is Cheryl Smith, and I am a pastor. I truly hope to encourage several this week, but one person in particular I plan to reach out to with the just the right words, is my friend, Marie. My favorite verse for encouragement and comfort is Isaiah 41:10: "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." God gave me that Scripture when I was facing a very challenging situation in my life, and it has been a great comfort to me many times since. I have shared it with many others along the way. Thank you for listening, and may God bless you and your ministry for Him, Renee!

    In Christ,
    Cheryl Smith
    People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

  285. Anonymous says:

    Renee, sorry I just posted anonymously for the giveaway mentioned from today's devo. I forgot to list my email. I don't have a google account or blog and don't usually like to "put my email" out there and forgot. It is donna.wilson1@verizon.net if this counts. Sorry. (Posting on Matt. 6:33 being my favorite verse.)

    Blessings,
    Donna

  286. Anonymous says:

    Renea Salyer at renea@gracevillage.org

    I will encourage a fellow board member who has recently lost her job by email notes and a visit.

    My favorite verse is: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

    Thank you!

    Renea Salyer

  287. Anonymous says:

    Renee,

    I just read your site and appreciate the opportunity!

    Commit your work to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3
    This verse has encouraged me to let go of the stress of doing everything just right and accept that the Lord is in control and trust that He will give me the ideas and words that I need to work with young teens, administration, and other teachers. Also, at home with my family. When I do this, I get immediate results! It all goes back to ( fear not for I am with you) and (I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me).

    Thanks for the invitation to do this!
    Susanne Mahin mahin@yourstarnet.net

  288. Anonymous says:

    Mary Rodarte/cruisedeva@yahoo.com

    I will be encouraging my sister who is going through some tough times with family situations. It seems one thing after another becomes a road block into moving forward, but with each setback, there is a purpose we are given the challenges and with God's strength, we will always prevail and be able to move forward.

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

  289. jean_carter23@verizon.net

    Favorite Scripture:
    "I have chosen you and have not rejected you. 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." Is 41:9-10

    I will be encouraging myself with God's promises and my 33 year old daughter who is coping with deep emotional pain.

  290. Twice a week I encourage 6 first and second grade girls not only to become better basketball players but to also develop a better relationship with Christ.

    My go to scripture is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

    Have a blessed day!!!

    Sara

    sara_kruse84 at hotmail dot com

  291. nickie_reagan at hotmail dot com
    I am going to encourage my daughter this week, she has had the flu for a few days now and has felt pretty crummy. We are going to have a girls night and she loves her hair curled so it's a good time to spoil her, take her out to eat and then watch a movie. I Spending quality time with her, so it will also encourage me. Hopefull that will lift her spirits.
    My favorite verse is Philiipans 4:13. I try to hide it deep in my heart no matter what the situatuon might be. Have a blessed day.
    Nickie

  292. Amy Thomas
    wildrosepetal89@yahoo.com
    Actually there are two, both friends, one who lives out of her car, but is always helping others, and ends up neglecting her own needs – so I am trying to encourage and help her to get the help she needs and help her find ways of helping the other people she is helping to cut down on what she is doing so she can slow down. Also another friend who is battling drugs, but wants to quit, so trying to encourage him and found him some NA meetings, and of course praying for them always.
    As for favorite verse, that's tricky,I don't have one favorite one, but in our bible study on fruits of the spirit I did find this one last week and really took it to heart:
    Romans 12:8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
    I found you through encouragement for today and am very glad I did, Thank you for what you do. Sorry this post is so long

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