My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others

A dear friend who has gone to be with the Lord once told me I was her Barnabas which Biblically means "encourager." I never saw myself like that, but as I've grown in my walk with the Lord it seems that is my desire. I hope that what I share here will be an encouragement to you as we trust the Lord - for great is His Faithfulness.

My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others.
In Christ's Love, Shelley

KEEP His JOY IN TRIALS, TEARS & TRIUMPHS ~~ A WOMAN'S HEART SHOULD BE SO COMPLETELY LOST IN God THAT A MAN MUST SEEK Him TO FIND HER ~~ Our desire to learn God's Word must be greater than our need to breathe ~~

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Forecast ????

     Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day. (But not TOO soon.) That's how most us feel right now, although those who read my posts probably  haven't been greatly affected by the weather like those along the Mississippi & where the tornadoes barreled through.     
     Being married to a farmer may have a bit impact mentally & emotionally as I watch Don try to take it in stride. He's fully aware that he can't change it. We've gotten some things done that would still be on the to-do list if it were not for the rain. Then there's always the possibility of replanting the little that's been planted. Yet some of the farm land in the south that's flooded may never be usable again due to salt water coming in.
     All this can wear on you emotionally, but not for what seems to be the obvious reasons. Just the thought of the homes torn to shreds by the tornadoes & those in the path way of flood waters breaks my heart. We hear it said at these times for those who didn't lose their lives, "We have our lives, we have each other." I have no idea what that feels like.  I think of the few THINGS I would want to grab if I had the time - my Bible & family photos. Yep, that's pretty much it.
     I know in my heart that I can never truly fathom what many people are dealing with.  Matthew 5:45 says this - "for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. "  I've walked with the Lord long enough to know not to bother with the idea of "that's not fair." I have learned that if I am willing to accept the mercy & blessings of God then who am I to question what I see as "not right."   I can't explain it, so I do my best to trust Him. BUT I do know one forecast that is for certain - God reigns & the Son shines. At times like these, Christians need to be the ones who let the light of the Son shine through us even when there is rain in our own life.  But if the rain is overwhelming for us, God will send some one to help - Hebrews 13:5 - for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


  1. I just wanted to tell lyou that I really appreciated your post "Forcast"......Points well taken. You are doing a good job......Thank you. Kay O. (Received this in an email & wanted to share as I'm always blessed by the encouragement of others.)

  2. :-) Beautiful posting! Our weather here has been colder and overcast more than usual. Usually the air conditioner is on but, had the winders open with a nice breeze for days now. Just strange for sure. Its like living on the edge of not exactly knowing what will happen to what location next.


Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. They encourage me greatly. Blessings on your day.