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Some Added Gold Stars

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Last week my usually happy Senior came home from church downcast. When I asked him about his night, he spilled his frustration with some events that hadn’t happened the way he would have liked. Above all, however, he was discouraged because he hadn’t gotten the affirmation his heart was craving.

I can relate. Sometimes I look for affirmation in the wrong places too. Maybe you’ve had a day like that this week.

I listened a long time, shared some of my own struggles, and then I encouraged him to look elsewhere for the encouragement he needed. “Pray and ask God for confirmation of what you’re doing. If God confirms it, then His encouragement will be enough,” I gently said.

If your heart is craving encouragement, but…

Your boss has overlooked your extra hours…

Your family hasn’t complimented your delicious meals…

Your grandchildren don’t call as much as you’d like…

Your mailbox holds another rejection letter…

Your resume has landed at the bottom of the pile again…

Your hours preparing to teach your Sunday school class go unnoticed…

Your gifts go without accolades while others get all the credit…

I want to give you some “gold stars” straight from the mouth of your Heavenly Father. 

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” I Peter 2:9

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:14-16

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 108:4

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,for he shields him all day long,and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23

Do you have an favorite verses that encourage you? I’d love for you to share!

Congratulations to Sharon Volkman who left her comment 2014/08/27 at 12:52 pm! She is the winner of the “Welcome Package” from the “An Open Circle” blog post.

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  1. Zephaniah 3:8, 17 ESV

    “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

    I hope you each can hear his song in your heart this matter the pain you might be feeling.

    1. It’s just verse 17…don’t know where that 8 came from

  2. How I can relate!! I am getting better at looking to the One for that encouragment, but still struggle and am still finding “my verses”.

  3. Thank you Amy! I am a homeschooling mom of 3 and sometimes feel so down because nobody notices when I put in extra effort cleaning or cooking, or rocking fussy babies all night – its nice to be reminded that God sees and I can do it for his pleasure!

  4. Rachel John says:

    Some of my favourite verses are: “Since you are precious and honoured in My sight and because I love you…” Isaiah 43:4 and “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14. And also Isaiah 49:5- “for I am honoured in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength…” and Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”