All posts tagged: Encouragement

Are you called to be an encourager?

A study by the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that the spirituality helped people who experienced a stroke in recovering from their affliction. The study involved 200 people from Italy who had experienced a stroke with mild to moderate symptoms. The researchers used a survey developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine the individuals level of spirituality as well as physical and psychological well-being. But this survey had an interesting twist. Not only were the people who had the stroke asked the questions, but so were the people who provided the care. According to AHA, one of the biggest problems encountered by stroke survivors and caregivers is depression and this can negatively impact a person’s recovery. The survey found that stroke survivors who showed the highest levels of spirituality also reported the highest levels of physical improvement and as well psychological well-being. Faith and hope made a difference. But the same also held true for the caregivers. Those who reported the highest levels of spirituality showed the least amount of depression symptoms. The …

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Encourage Yourself?

I recall someone saying there are times when you can encourage yourself in the Lord. Well, maybe I remembered that, but I sure didn’t feel like doing it. After being sick for a few weeks, I was more into the ‘please pray for me’ mode. Now there is nothing wrong with asking for prayer or talking to someone when going through a hard time. But I know there are also times when I just need to go to God. The Bible says this is what David did when he went through a very discouraging event. At one time David and his men had returned home to Ziglag, where they found it burned, looted and their wives and children taken away by the Amalekites. Because of this David’s men became embittered against their leader: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 …