Encouragement Today: In the Darkness the Joy of Light Shines Brightest

The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will bring you great joy.’”  (Luke 2:10)

Today’s Promise:  In the midst of your darkness God’s joy shines brightest as you simply ask.

Today’s Prayer:  Father, thank you for your gift of joy that shines brightest in the darkness.  Flood my dark corners with it even now.  Amen.

Encouragement Today: The Gift of Unimaginable Peace

“The angels sang, ‘Glory to God and peace to all people upon whom God’s blessings rest.’”  (Luke 2:14)

Today’s Promise:  Incomprehensible peace is the gift of God when you walk in his incomprehensible relationship.

Today’s Prayer:  Father, thank you for your gift of peace in my most stressful times.  Help me to feel it and live fully in it even today.  Amen.

Encouragement Today: Never Be Afraid Again

“The angel said, ‘Do not be afraid.  God has given his favor to you.’”  (Luke 1:30)

Today’s Promise:  When you receive God’s favor nothing and no one can truly harm you.

Today’s Prayer:  Lord, help me not to be afraid.  Help me focus on your unconquerable power instead.  Amen.

Encouragement Today: Comfort for When You Cry

“Blessed and happy are those who cry because they will be comforted by God.”  (Matthew 5:4)

Prayer:  Father, thank you for your comfort when I cry.  Fill me with your peace and joy.

Encouragement Today: Blessed with Sleep and While You Sleep

“It is useless to get up early and stay up late anxiously striving, for God gives blessings to those he loves even while they sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)

Prayer:  Lord, thank you that you bless me even while I sleep.  Give me your rest and blessings.

Encouragement Today: Guidance in the Night

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)

Prayer:  Lord, I praise you for your guidance in the darkness.  Guide me into the light.

Encouragement Today: Find Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

“Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes again in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5)

Prayer:  Lord, I praise you that when I weep you will bring me joy.  Surprise me today.

Encouragement Today: Where You Find God

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”  (Matthew 5: 3)

Prayer Today:  Lord, when I come to the end of myself there I discover you.  I need you today.

Encouragement Today: Finding Peace When You Need it Most

“As a mother comforts her child so will I comfort you.”  (Isaiah 66: 13)

Prayer Today:  Father, when I am distressed you are there.  Comfort me today with your peace and presence.

Today’s Encouragement: Fretting or Seeing?

“Rest quietly in the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7)

When we’ve come to the end of our fretting, it’s time to wait expectantly and see God act.