We are so grateful for the HUGE encouragement we received from our home church last month. We received a care package from Tokai Community Church in September while we were down in Durban, South Africa for our church Synod.
This care package contained some chocolates, biltong, nuts, coffee, cards, and notes. A smile enveloped our hearts and we bounced about with a spring in our step. It kinda feels like we are walking on air! The love, encouragement, and prayers of those who gave has certainly lifted our spirits.
Huge Encouragement from Hand-written notes!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I cannot begin to describe the immense encouragement we have received from the many hand-written notes that was contained in this envelope.
There is something so special about a hand-written note. In a world where we process thousands of digital words on social media and emails it is such a pleasant and uplifting surprise to receive a message of encouragement written by hand on a small piece of paper.
These hand-written notes have been so encouraging to us that we have framed them so that we can see them regularly and be encouraged each day we walk past the many notes with encouraging messages.
Encouragement form Bible Verses
Many of these cards and notes included various verses from the Bible which were also a huge encouragement to us. Here are some the the verses:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:12
3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.
4 “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and have been saved from my enemies.
5 The waves of death swirled about me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
6 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
7 “In my distress I called to the Lord;2 Samuel 22:3-7
I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came to his ears.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
Above all else, guard your heart,Proverbs 4:23
for everything you do flows from it.
5 The Lord watches over you—Psalm 121
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
So do not fear, for I am with you;Isaiah 41:10
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.
My flesh and my heart may fail,Psalm 73:26
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Wait for the Lord;Psalm 27
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
The law of the Lord is perfect,Psalm 19
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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