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Encouraging Others and Yourself: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life

Every day we have an opportunity to witness to people we know or someone who crosses our path. We witness either verbally or through our lifestyle. Sometimes people are open and ask for prayer. Other times they tend to hide. I can be on the ‘hidden’ side until I feel comfortable with you. I had the opportunity to witness to a fellow Christian who was going through a hard time. She wanted to stay in bed under the covers. Earlier this year, she had suffered some losses in her family. I reminded her that it’s okay to grieve, but it’s not good to continue to mourn for an extended time. While talking, she told me about a blessing that she had received. I threw up my hands and started praising God for the wonderful thing that He had done. We spoke for a while and encouraged one another until, eventually, she came around and exited out of her emotional funk. Later that day, I received a text telling me she got up and went to the gym and to work. Again, I praised God for allowing me to be available and ready with an encouraging word.

She probably didn't realize that this talk encouraged me as well. I was going through a medical problem and the Holy Spirit reminded me of how he had brought me through before. So, I praised Him again and released the anxiety that I was holding on to.

The devotionals "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" and "The Flip Side" were created out of a desire that God placed in my heart. When encouraging others, you can also encourage yourself.

Some steps I have continually taken are:

  • Be a ready and willing witness. “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

  • Witness to like believers. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

  • Praise God no matter the situation. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18”

By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.

Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.

So… what’s this book about?

“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.

So… what’s this book about?

Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.

My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.

This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4

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