What is encouragement and why is it so essential for maintaining healthy marriages and families. Encouragement represents positive influence, to literally give courage to someone—not waiting until it’s deserved or asked for, but taking initiative when things are difficult and uncertain. There are many synonyms one could use: to give support, confidence or hope to another; to hearten, cheer, uplift, inspire, motivate, vitalize, embolden, or rally. The impact can be far reaching and often makes a difference when relationships begin to falter. Even the neuroscience gives credence to this dynamic. Criticism and negativity release harmful stress hormones, inhibit concentration, diminish the brain’s executive functioning, and tend to create knee-jerk reactions vs. calm and rational thinking.
The Bible provides a wonderful example of a life fully lived under this principle. His name was Barnabas and there are several lessons we can draw from his story. Here are six worth considering:
1. The first thing about an encourager is that he or she is practical.
Barnabas arrives on the scene in Acts 4:36-37. He was just a regular “Joe” (Joseph, a Levite), but his nature was so uplifting and encouraging, that the Apostles changed his name to fit his character—Bar (the Son of) Encouragement. He sold some land and laid the money at the Apostle’s feet. Here were the leaders of the first century church who were trying to take care of widows and orphans, and what they needed at the time were financial resources—so practical in the moment.Continue reading
Many women feel that the job of “mom” is boring and monotonous–and they are right! But so is practically every other occupation.
I once stayed in a hotel next to the room of a famous cellist. I could hear him through the walls (believe me!) as he practiced hour after hour. He did not play beautiful symphonic renditions; he repeated scales over and over. As the cellist strolled onstage that evening, I’m sure many in the audience thought, “What a glamorous life!” Some glamour. He spent the entire day alone in his hotel room.
Few of us enjoy heart-thumping excitement each moment of our professional lives. How thrilling is the work of a medical pathologist who examines bacterial cultures from morning until night or a dentist who spends his days drilling and filling? The job of a homemaker can be about as boring as most others. Yet in terms of significance, no job can compete with a mother’s task of shaping and molding a human being in the morning of life.
Not every woman chooses to be a mother, of course, but those who do are worthy of our admiration and respect. “Children,” we are told in Scripture, “are a blessing” (Psalm 37:26, TLB). If so, then mothers are His loving gift to them.
(Copied from Joe McDonald Ministry April Newsletter)
I received a blog post on my professionalmom.com site last year, Debbie Smith of Wee Can Know ministry, a friend for many years, had read my “The Gospel Parade” book and had actually made shoebox floats of the parade in the book! I was thrilled, not only because she loved my book, but as a children’s ministry to the Greater New Orleans area, she and her husband, Phil, had multiple opportunities to share the Gospel story through these floats during the year. Phil bought wagons and they placed the floats in order, pulling them along throughout the Mardi Gras season.
Fast-forward to March 2018, Debbie called me and invited Joe McDonald Ministry to walk (and pull) in the St. Bernard Parish Irish Italian Islenos Parade in Chalmette, Louisiana. Joe and I walked the 6 mile parade with Debbie and her team, pulling The Gospel Parade on 6 wagons. It was so fun as we joined the huge parade with giant floats and marching teams. We gave out 800 Gospel packets with bracelets, 200 The Gospel Parade book packets with bracelets, 900 John 3:16 doubloons, 850 additional tracts, and 400 Wordless Book tracts for a today of 3,150 witnesses! Our continued prayer is that many people at that parade will be saved from reading this literature and from seeing the floats!
My personal blessing is that Phil and Debbie ran with the inspiration from The Gospel Parade, more children are saved, and God is glorified! Joe and I left a box of 300+ mini books and Debbie has already distributed some at a Bible Club meeting! I want to add a thank you to YOU! Because of you, we have been able to print mini books in Spanish and English and have distributed them around the World!
Reaching many for Jesus,
Patti McDonald of Joe McDonald Ministry, INC
Another FREE E-Book! Dr. James Dobson has been my mentor and spiritual hero for over 40 years. Please enjoy sharing the most important message you could ever share with your children, the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ! Happy Easter to all! Professional Mom
Dr. Dobson’s email message:
Easter is a great time to share the Good News!
“The ultimate goal for people of faith is to give each child an understanding of Scripture and a lifelong passion for Jesus Christ. This is, I believe, the most important responsibility for those of us who have been entrusted with the care and nurturance of children.”
–Dr. James Dobson
Nothing in this world is more important than preparing your family for life together in eternity.
That’s why we want you to have our FREE eBook, Sharing Jesus With Your Children. It could very well be the best thing you’ll read today.
I know better…no one wants to start working out during the holidays!
But I couldn’t help sharing this Workout Challenge I found on the Internet! I started it 2 days ago and it is so easy and fast, any mom (or dad) has time for it. I plan to do it and see if I have any results. It takes about 5 minutes a day.
Let me know if you try it and how you do! I am the world’s worst about regular exercise routines but I may be able to stick to this one.
Let’s do it together, or if you want to wait until the New Year, save it to your computer or phone and try it then!
Workout Challenge or bust!
Now more than ever, families need prayer. I am sending a challenge to all families to pray together at some time each day. Rally the troops, put down your phones and devices and pray. Make a plan to have family time (even 10 minutes) and prepare your family for the days ahead. This will be a task at first, but within about 20 days, it will become a habit and bless you beyond anything you have experienced. Take a few items on the list and work your way to the end, you will be blessed and your family will be building a great foundation in the Lord.
I want to thank Elizabeth Baptist Church (website) https://www.elizabethbaptist.org/ in Atlanta, ELIZABETH BAPTIST CHURCH, PASTOR CRAIG L. OLIVER, SR. for this 30 Day Prayer and Fasting Schedule. My daughter-in-law followed it in her first days of being a new Christian and it helped her gain insights and discipline for the days ahead. This is not a weight loss plan, however, you may lose a little weight as you go through the process. Enjoy learning and growing in your faith! Let me know how it goes!
Here is the document to download to your computer or mobile device:
So, Debbie & Phil from Wee Can Know Ministry (weecanknow. com) have provided you with an awesome guide for new Christians in the previous post. Please take advantage of their wisdom and guidance as you begin your journey in Christ!
As much as I love to sell my book “The Gospel Parade,” I am so happy to offer the electronic version absolutely FREE so that you can share it with your children & grandchildren. Joe & I have made my book into a small “tract” version and have given it to hundreds of children around the world, now, it’s your turn!
Just click the link below and you can download your free version. Please let me know how you and your children like it. My daughter, Sarah did the illustrations and they are quite amazing!
This says “Buy” but it’s really free!
Enjoy & comment!
***Printed, paper-bound copy available for sale to the right of page***
By Phil Smith of WeeCanKnow Ministry (weecanknow.com)
New Christian, you will love this guidebook, with help understanding the changes that have occurred in your heart and life. I have been so blessed this past year as several of my friends and associates have been gloriously saved by receiving the gift of forgiveness and new life through Jesus’s death and resurrection. This E-Book provides advice and insight for a great start as you grow in Christ.
I am thrilled to share this awesome E-Book written by Phil Smith, founder of WeeCanKnow ministry. Phil and his wife, Debbie work in missions in New Orleans, Louisiana, holding backyard meetings and Bible Clubs there, as well as street ministry events. Be sure to visit their website and let them know how this helped you!
Full of scripture and wise council, it’s a must for new believers and a great refresher on God’s principals for all Christians.
Comment and visit their site if this blessed you!
Ten Ways to Change Your Man
1. Pray for him daily.
2. Love him unconditionally.
3. Appreciate him.
4. Thank him verbally.
5. Respect him.
6. Speak the truth in love.
7. Never go to bed angry.
8. No disrespect allowed, verbal, cussing, hitting.
9. Let him help you in his way.
10. Be the woman God wants you to be.
1. Pray for him daily. The Bible says, “The effectual, fervent prayers of a righteous man (woman, implied) availeth much.” Take it to the Lord in prayer, He will hear and answer. You will see subtle changes in your man, this will not happen quickly. My husband was not close to the Lord when we married, but he did become the father and husband I knew he could be and he’s now a missionary. We have been married many years. Have faith, he will become the man you need him to be.
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"The Gospel Parade!" Second printing!
A great way to share the Gospel with your children
and grandchildren. A "read to" or read on their own,
target audience is 4-9, but all ages will enjoy this!
The first edition was published in 2011, with just a few changes in the pictures, this is the same story that thrilled all of our readers!
Joe McDonald Ministry has made a parade float for local parades and church events! Complete with pictures from the book and gospel music!
Available now in
hardbound and softbound and at a reduced price!
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