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Do You Need Some Help?

“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2

Hi, sweet friend!

What are you going through today? Has it been a hard one?

Some days can just be difficult. Current circumstances…past failures…future uncertainty. These can all lead us to a place where we feel helpless—maybe even hopeless. Like we’re left out in the middle of an open field–defenseless, alone, exposed–with no help in sight.

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But take heart. When those days come, there’s something you need to know and remember…

You are not alone. You are not defenseless. You are not without hope. 

THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU!
 

Psalm 121

Look at this beautiful promise in Psalm 121…

1I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?
2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not allow your foot to slip; Your Protector will not slumber.
4Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.
5The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter right by your side.
6The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night.
7The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.
8The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

You are not alone. Your Lord is with you—right by your side.

You are not defenseless. Your Lord protects you. He is your shelter—all day, all night.

You are not without hope. Your Lord never sleeps. He is always watching over you. Every moment of every day. And He is in control of everything. He will not allow you to be overtaken. He preserves your life.

So whatever you may be facing today, lift your eyes up and see the One who can help you. Run to the shelter of His loving arms and find comfort in His strength. Rest in the joy of His presence and protection.

And never forget…Almighty God, the Maker of heaven and earth, is with you. You are loved. You are watched. You are protected. Always.

May you be filled with His joy and hope today!

Grace and peace,
Sabra


Precious Lord, we praise You for Your mighty power. How unworthy we are of Your love. Thank You, Father, for Your constant presence with us. Help us to lift our eyes up to You and away from the circumstances of our lives so we can live with joy and hope each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 
Linking up today with my friends at www.MissionalWomen.com. Just click on the link to read some of their inspirational words. 

Scripture from Holman Christian Standard Bible, 2010.
Images by Sabra Penley.

 

 

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Cheering for You!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” — Hebrews 10:24-25

 

My friend Meredith called me a great cheerleader the other day. It made me laugh.

You see, in high school, the cheerleaders were the popular girls. The ones who could do splits and flips and jumps. The ones who seemed to have rhythm in their every move–who always looked so cute in their little purple and white uniforms and pony tails. They were the ones the guys always paid attention to, and they were always front and center.

Next to the cheerleaders I felt small and insignificant. They were the ones most teenage girls compared themselves to…and silently wished they were.

I’ve never been able to do splits or flips or jumps. And I’m more known for klutziness than rhythm. You’d never find me in one of those little uniforms (not then, and especially not now). Staying in the background is my comfort zone, and that’s often where I’ll be.

Me…a cheerleader?

I knew Meredith didn’t mean that kind of cheerleader. But the thought was funny nonetheless.

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Thinking more about it, Hebrews 10:24-25 came to mind. For indeed, we are all called to be cheerleaders…to encourage one another in our walk with the Lord.

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We as believers are to support each other as we tackle the difficulties of this life and the work God has for us to do. Sometimes we cheer each other on from the sidelines, and sometimes we encourage one another in the middle of the action ourselves.

We need each other. We’re all in this together. We’re a team.

100_6176So, yes, I’ll pick up my pom-poms and cheer on my brothers and sisters as we fight against our opponent in this world and seek to be victorious for the Lord.

But I won’t just cheer. I’ll put on the player’s uniform as well and get out there and fight the good fight myself. Only then can I know how best to cheer the players on and encourage those in the stands to do their part.

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Sometimes I’ll be on the field and need encouragement. Sometimes I’ll be on the sidelines, cheering you on. And other times I’ll be in the locker room getting instruction and motivation from the Coach. But no matter where I am, my heart will be for our team—Jesus’ team!

Prayer CircleI’ll not be timid, sitting in the stands all alone, not paying any attention to what’s going on in the game. I’ll be a part of it–in whatever way, at whatever time–player, learner, cheerleader. All for His victory and glory!

So my fellow cheerleaders, are you ready for action? Let’s pick up our pom-poms, put on our uniforms, and get busy encouraging one another to live for the glory of the Lord.

Heavenly Father, thank You that we don’t have to fight this fight alone. You are with us always. And we have each other. Help us to be supportive, to cheer each other on and do our part as we press on to bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 

Cheering for you today!
Sabra

Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1984.
Images by Sabra Penley

A BIG THANKS to my sweet brothers and sisters at Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, TX for their patience with my picture-taking. They were so kind to hang around after choir. Not all the pictures were blog-worthy or needed. So, here are some of the others. (Photography is definitely something I need to work on!)…

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Why Wives Need to Unstop the Fountain

You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon. — Song of Songs 4:15

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My sisters, doesn’t it make you feel great to hear your husband call you a sweet name? To tell you how much you mean to him? How would you like to hear him say something like these words from Song of Songs…

“How beautiful you are.”
“How delightful is your love.”
“You have stolen my heart.”

I imagine all of us love to hear words like these from our husbands. They might not say it like Solomon, but isn’t it always a blessing to hear our husbands say we are delightful and beautiful? When they tell us how wonderful we are? When they whisper those sweet everythings in our ears?

These words are like a fountain that flows right into our hearts. And you know what? Our husbands need these refreshing words as well.

So, is your fountain flowing?

Today I have the blessing to guest post for a sweet friend, Meredith Bernard, on her blog http://www.meredithbernard.com. Please join me over there and read this post in full.

Simply click here: “Why Wives Need to Unstop the Fountain”

Hope to meet you there!

Blessings,
Sabra
Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1984.
Image by Sabra Penley.

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Sweet Encouragement

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

This weekend was a getaway of sorts. A getaway from the everyday.  A time to enjoy the fellowship of sweet friends, to encourage and be encouraged, to enjoy a little travel along the countryside, to snap some photos, and spend more sweet time with my sweetheart.

Our friends from Pennsylvania were visiting family a few hours away and generously invited us to come down and spend some time with them. These aren’t just any friends, these are friends that write the blog Daily Encouragement Net. And right now in our lives, encouragement from these two in person sounded like just what the Doctor ordered.

And encourage they did! As I’ve written before, life is changing for us. As we seek God’s direction for our future in light of my husband’s disability, it is good to hear the thoughts, suggestions, and encouragement of others. Our sweet friends were the perfect ones to share this with, as they are chaplains, have worked in ministry for decades, and have so much wisdom to share.

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Our Friends – Stephen and Brooksyne Webber

We haven’t known each other long. In fact, this is only the second time we’ve been with them. My husband started reading their blog a few years back and connected with them online. When we traveled to Pennsylvania for David to preach a revival, we connected and met them there for the first time. Even then they graciously opened their home and welcomed us with loving arms.

As a new blogger, I was especially interested to hear about how they got started with their online ministry and share some ideas we have for possible projects in our future. They listened and asked questions. They took a look at this blog and offered suggestions. We laughed, we shared, we listened, we worshipped, we prayed. And we came away from our weekend refreshed.

Refreshed. Restored. Ready for more…of whatever God has for us.

That’s what encouragement does. It lifts up those who are weary and worn and gives them a boost. It is like fresh air being blown into a room that’s stale and still and stuck. It breathes new life into it.

We needed this encouragement from our friends. God knew that. And God sent them our way and gave them such generous hearts to reach out to us and offer their gift of love.

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We all need friends. Friends can come from many different places and circumstances. But brothers and sisters in Christ are special friends. We just connect. We’re family.

 Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

God brings us together at specific times for specific purposes. Sometimes God gives us close-by friends. These friends are around us a lot and know us well. Other times, God sends us special friends right when we need them—at a certain time in a certain place.

I want to be both. I want to be the kind of friend that is always near, standing ready to share and uplift, give a hug or be a shoulder to cry on. And I want to be that certain kind of friend that God places in others’ lives for a special purpose, encouraging them as they go through those weary and worn spots in life. Generous and gracious and loving.

Like our friends, Stephen and Brooksyne.

Thank You, Father, for the blessing of friends. Thank You for the encouragement that flows from You into our lives through the love of another. May we be an encouragement to everyone you place in our lives, to lift up the weary and worn, to refresh and revive those weighed down by troubles, and to point them always back to You. Help us to be instruments of Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Stephen and Brooksyne's ministry at www.dailyencouragement.net has been 
such a blessing to us. Please click on the link and check it out. I 
know you will be blessed, too.
All Scripture is from the New International Version of the Bible, 1984.
Images: Sabra Penley

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