04 July: Beauty in Encouragement

Most of us can find plenty of instances where we’ve been put down. So then, when real encouragement comes our way, it’s truly beautiful…

READ EZRA 5  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


I have a terrible habit of pointing out what’s wrong with something. In finance management meetings, my ability to see the pitfalls is an actual asset. But in many more instances in life, encouragement and seeing the positive side is vital for moving forward.

The beauty of encouragement in today’s chapter, enabled the workers to push through persistent and aggressive opposition. [v3-4] First of all, they didn’t try to make their credentials or their current endeavours “squeaky clean”. [v11-12] At the same time though, they were without doubt of the solid ground that they were standing on. [v5,13-16] In addition, they had the best-of-the-best in the group (in their case, royalty, prophets and priests) who rolled up their sleeves to work shoulder-to-shoulder with them. [v1-2] Using their ‘status’, they fed the workers with great encouragement to press forward. Oh how I need to display beauty in encouragement every day, by building up not tearing down!

Read More? …CLICK on “04 July – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the One planning it all? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.  Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I want to praise You Lord, because You’re righteous. You do no wrong. Morning by morning You dispense Your justice and every new day You do not fail! [Zephaniah 3:5]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s Grace on India[c]
  • Your Country: Those caught in addictions
  • Yourself: Effective use of Your Time
  • Your concerns for today
Listen to my prayer, O God, and do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. [Psalm 55:1-2a]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Because I’ve considered all the offenses that I’ve committed and have turned away from them, remember Your promises Lord: that I will surely live and will not die. [Ezekiel 18:28]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Thank-you Father God, that You have been before all things and in You all things hold together. [Colossians 1:17]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing our Maker’s script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from His Handbook in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Our Maker’s Handbook

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15] 

[a] Genesis 3:1-5

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/indi/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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