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A Message of Encouragement

By Denis Korn       

   Be Encouraged!

My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling and challenging times.  I have been posting a message of encouragement every year at about this time with additions and further encouragements.  

It is my observation after 44 years in the preparedness and outdoor recreation industry as a manufacturer and retailer, a researcher and commentator on contemporary cultural events, and with my college teaching experience, that 2019 will be a transformational year – a crossroad that will determine the course of our nation. This is not meant to be an article about the specifics of preparedness or outdoor adventure – it is here to be a brief rest from the apprehension of daily life and the anguish of the times.  2018 has been a year of significant challenges and 2019 will be even more daunting.

The first definition of encourage in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope – may you be encouraged to endure with sustaining faith and hope!

I felt a personal calling to write and share this prayer of encouragement as a gift to those needing some uplifting words during distressing events and the constant perpetration by media and government of crisis, fear and hysteria.

It is difficult to stay positive, feel secure and be joyful when the world around us appears to be degenerating and transforming, and so many people are delusional. 

We all need encouragement to help us cope

Blessings to those who are encouraged by these words

  • Be encouraged: to find tranquility, serenity, courage, and contentment amid the uncertainty, anxiety, and confusion of the times.
  • Be encouraged: during the chaos, uncertainty, and distress of agonizing current events, to trust GOD to replace fear and worry with peace and hope.
  • Be encouraged: to reject discouragement.
  • Be encouraged: to avoid those who rob you of your passion.
  • Be encouraged: to pursue a course of right thinking and living that will inspire all who encounter you.
  • Be encouraged: to seek the company and counsel of those who encourage, understand and support you.
  • Be encouraged: to develop critical thinking skills and to seek the wisdom to be able to discern the truth from the lie.
  • Be encouraged: to discover someone you can truly trust.
  • Be encouraged: to focus your mind and heart on that which edifies, inspires and transforms.
  • Be encouraged: to let go of the notion that you can do “it” all yourself.
  • Be encouraged: to cast off the chains that bind you to discontentment.
  • Be encouraged: to love one another in thought, heart, and deed.
  • Be encouraged: to be selfless, not selfish.
  • Be encouraged: to be honest with yourself – and others.
  • Be encouraged: to set aside a few moments each day to quiet your mind, open the eyes of your heart, meditate in silence, be thankful, and give praise to GOD for the blessings and opportunities that you have been given.
  • Be encouraged: to deflect the negativity, fear, and hatred that is thrust upon you daily.
  • Be encouraged: to experience aliveness as much as possible.
  • Be encouraged: to discern the beneficial actions you are called upon to pursue during these troubled times.
  • Be encouraged: to be courageous while you walk among the weak and disheartened.
  • Be encouraged: not to give up on loved ones who are in denial of the truth of the times and ridicule you for your faith and commitment to being prepared for the unforeseen.
  • Be encouraged: to embody the right attitude that will carry you through all the trials and tribulations of your life.
  • Be encouraged: to continually search for and discover meaning in all circumstances.
  • Be encouraged: to embody forgiveness.
  • Be encouraged: to embolden our youth with a hunger for the Truth.
  • Be encouraged: to realize and exemplify your GOD given purpose in life.
  • Be encouraged: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – think about (meditate on) these things … Phil 4:8
  • Be encouraged: to pray to GOD with thanksgiving – believe and have faith – let go – follow GOD’s guidance and instruction with patience and perseverance.
  • Be encouraged: to resist the temptations and deception of the evil one, and pray that the darkness will be vanquished and conquered by the Light.
  • Be encouraged: to discern the difference between GOD’S will and your will.
  • Be encouraged: that GOD will grant you the Serenity to accept the things you can not change; the Courage to change the things you can, and the Wisdom to know the difference (serenity prayer).
  • Be encouraged: to encourage others!

God is our refuge and strength.

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46: 1-3

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