Posts tagged with 'Encouragement'

Testify Anyway

  • Posted on December 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

It seems like inevitably whenever I post about a certain topic, I am tested in that area. Likewise, whenever I publicly praise the Lord for increased health or some other positive thing that He is doing, I have a setback. This can cause me to think twice about giving God glory for anything, but you know what? If I give in to that temptation, satan has won so I am going to testify anyway.

The fact is that God is good. Period. Nothing I am going through changes who God is. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. Besides, we are told to rejoice in all things, and I expect this is why those tests come at those inopportune times.

If you are hesitant to share an answer to prayer, I encourage you not to hesitate any longer. Maybe your cancer is in remission but you are afraid to mention it in case it’s a fluke and it comes back. Praise God for His healing touch. If it does come back there is a reason, but it doesn’t make Him less worthy of praise. I want to take hold of that perfect love that casts out fear instead of letting fear control me.

I began writing this post back in 2019, but I expect that we need this reminder now more than ever. This has been a rough year for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, color, or financial or social status. Different people have been hit in different ways, but I doubt you will find anyone who was not negatively affected in some way. At the same time, if you think about it, I’m guessing you have experienced blessings this year as well. I know that I have.

So, my friends, let’s not neglect to tell others of the good things that God has done for us. You may need to be sensitive and not share about your good fortune with someone who is at their rope’s end right now, but find people who you know will rejoice with you and let them know how good God has been. Ask others what God has done for them. If they can’t think of anything, encourage them to think about it until they come up with at least something positive that came out of 2020.

As I look ahead to 2021, I have concerns that could turn into paralyzing fear if I let them, but I am choosing to look to God instead of focusing on what feels foreboding. I encourage you to do the same. Don’t let the enemy find you cowering and afraid to give God glory in case things get bad again. Instead, testify anyway. Praise the Lord for every blessing He brings your way, no matter how small. Let’s enter the new year with rejoicing!


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CD Review: Finest Hour (The Talleys)

  • Posted on July 10, 2018 at 7:54 pm

In an era where some southern gospel artists are in a rut, songs sound the same, etc. the Talleys are still being creative with their arrangements while singing strong lyrics. I had a time of worship while writing this review. This is a CD I won’t get tired of for a while.

Look Up is a song of encouragement to those who are weary and downtrodden. You won’t find hope on this earth but only by looking up.

Lauren Talley sings Jeremiah 29:11 (You Have Plans). When things don’t make sense, you can still hold on to the truth that God has plans for you, and His plans are always good.

Debra is featured on When the Answer is No. “Every storm you have to face will be covered by His grace. Mercy still flows when the answer is no.” Amen!

A peppy song is next: Joy. No matter what you are going through, this song is bound to put a smile on your face.

We Are Witnesses, the ones who testify to the resurrection power of the Lord of life. Our glorious Savior–we have seen Him with our eyes. We are witnesses of Jesus Christ.”

That’s What the Teacher Taught provokes a lot of thought. I think many overlook the things that Jesus taught, perhaps thinking he didn’t really mean what He said.

He Restoreth My Soul is basically Psalm 23 set to music.

Other songs include: Grab Your Umbrella, Death Was Arrested, Get Me There, Home at Last, and Begin Again God.