This month my calendar has a picture of a pink and violet sunset overlooking towering mountains. A gentle meadow is surrounded by silhouetted pine trees. In the grass, a deer is gazing into the expanse behind him.
But I noticed the tiny black letters that marked today, September 12, 2017.
National Day of Encouragement.
You all have been a wonderful source of encouragement to me. From comments to emails, shares and more, my day has been brightened by you. Now it's my turn. Imagine yourself in my calendar picture. Feel the grass wisp against your ankles and smell the fresh, mountain breeze. Watch as the deer turns his deep, brown eyes to stare into yours.
And read God's beautiful promises. This encouragement is from Him to you. These are His words as He declares His everlasting love for you, His child.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death... - Song of Solomon 8:6
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day:
"Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." - Isaiah 25:8-9
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. - Isaiah 26:3-4
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. - Isaiah 30:15
You shall weep no more.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you. - Isaiah 30:19
...in the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound. - Isaiah 30:26
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away. - Isaiah 35:10
I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears... - Isaiah 38:5
He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young. - Isaiah 40:11
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:28-31
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior...
And I have loved you. - Isaiah 43:2-4
"For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,"
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you...
No weapon formed against you shall prosper. - Isaiah 54:10,17
...as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you. - Isaiah 62:5
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:11-13
...yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you. - Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” - Zephaniah 3:17
...He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; - Philippians 1:6
...for He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5
Dear one, you are beautiful, treasured, and loved. Don't forget that. Jesus said,
As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. - John 15:9
Are there other verses that have touched your heart recently? Please share them below; I would love to read them with you!
During this day of encouragement, step out. Love others. And make a difference.