Accentuating the Positive

A compilation

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No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:18 TLB

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We often have a habit of saying, “This is a nice day” when it’s sunny, and “this is such a bad day” when it’s rainy. But rainy days can be beautiful too, especially when the Lord is bringing them for our good, to quench the heat or to make the plants grow. In some places, people would be extremely thankful for rainy days. When you’re . . .  read more

Simple Thoughts on Prayer

A compilation

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6–7 NLT

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To pray without ceasing is to do everything with prayer. This does not mean that every . . .  read more

Struggles that Strengthen

By Maria Fontaine

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The Lord knows that encouragement is very important to us, and He wants to give us a lot of it. Encouragement plays a key role in helping us to keep going, even when we feel like quitting. Encouragement is one of the greatest pick-me-ups—and when it comes from the Lord, I’d say it’s the greatest. God’s encouragement helps us to know that we’re not alone, that He understands what we’re facing‚ and that if we just hold on a little longer, we will make it.

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Answers to Your Questions…

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Q: I recently made some costly mistakes and became very discouraged as a result—and that discouragement is not going away. I’m a failure. I feel like giving up. What can I do to get out of this mess?

A: Even though we may not understand why the Lord sometimes allows us to stumble and fall, we must remember that He loves . . .  read more

How Much Does a Prayer Weigh?

Author unknown

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How much does a prayer weigh? The only man I ever knew who tried to weigh one still does not know.

Once he thought he did. That was when he owned a little grocery store on New York’s West Side. It was the week before Christmas of 1918 when a tired-looking woman came into the store and asked him for enough food to make a Christmas dinner for her children. He asked her how much she could afford to spend.

“My husband was killed in the war,” the woman answered. “I . . .  read more