April is only 15 days away. WHAT?? Did March fly by or what? With April approaching us, I can only think of two things.
Loving and encouraging.
Have your heard of Rave Ministries? I am working side by side with this lovely group of ladies on the HUGE promotion of our April campain, AprilRAVEs.
You can read more about it on my post right here
As I am getting ready to enter this month of encouragement, I am continually thinking of verses to relate to the month. These are verses for the encouragement of others, and also ourselves. Lets be honest, there are some days when I need nothing but Christ. I can get so tied up in these worldly things and I can easily feel anxiety, worry, greed, hate, stress, etc, etc.
FOCUS on Him.
FOCUS on Him.
Verses for encouraging others
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.
Proverbs 10: 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.
1 Thessalonians 5: 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Peter 4: 8-10 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Colossians 2:2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Main verse to focus on- Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.
This is so strong to me. While reading all I can think about is the fact that we have NO idea what someone else is going through. I was driving down the road the other day and ended up being stuck in traffic for what seemed like eternity. I was looking at all the cars and I was thinking, all these people are here with different lives and I have no clue what situation each person is dealing with. A small letter of encouragement to just one person could change a lifetime for them. I have heard of people who are contemplatingn suicide but there was just one person who encouraged them and changed their life for foever. I have heard of people who have a strong drug or alcohol addiction but becauase of one person, their life changed forever. I want to be that one person. I want to help someone on their deepest and darkest days.
Verses for encouraging ourselves
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.
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.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 46: 1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth may give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake their surging.
Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Psalm 120:1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.
Psalm 121: 1-8 I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you day by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore
Main verse to focus on: Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
This is perfection. I would sticky note this on my head everyday if I could. We can do everything and anything through Him. I mean, how powerful is this small verse?? Anytime you feel overwhelmed and at the lowest of lows, think of this. Say it to yourself over and over again. Say it out loud if you have to. I promise you, this verse will work wonders.
If you would like to join in on AprilRAVEs, take some time and think about these verses to yourself. I am not only taking April as a time of giving, but also receiving from Him. There is a lot of learning that will happen next month. We are the hope for this world. Let our lights shine even in the darkest places.
Lets get ready for this :)