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Friday, 12 February 2021 11:19

Lessons from a deaf frog

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We all experience seasons in life that can be discouraging and stressful. Whether it is losing a job, having financial troubles, or navigating the uncertainty of our world, an encouraging word can lift us up to our rightful place of strength so we don’t lose heart. An inspirational quote or story can bring a smile to our face and ‘pep in our step.’

A short frog story did that for me today.

A group of frogs were hopping along in the forest enjoying their day when two frogs accidentally hopped into a deep hole. Scared and bewildered, the two frogs began jumping to get out of the hole. But the hole was too deep. Realizing this, they exerted more strength & energy to reach the top but could not. After several minutes of leaping, their friends stood over the hole sadly telling them to accept their fate. There was no getting them out and they should make peace and die. One frog got tired of trying and he did lie down and die. The other frog continued to leap, stronger now, more might, more courage, more energy until with one magic leap, he leapt out of the hole! His friends gathered around him and asked what caused him to keep trying when they were telling him to give up and die? The frog responded explaining that he was deaf, and he interpreted their gestures & expressions as encouragement to “keep trying!” That encouragement fueled his will to keep trying and not give up!

Encouragement nourishes the soul. It is heart-warming when encouragement comes from a friend or loved one. But if it does not, thank God we can turn a deaf ear to the negative and tune in to our ever-present Encourager for Truth who always leads us in triumph!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

From the desk of Valerie

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:17

Thinking from a New Mind

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In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark.

Monday, 16 September 2019 06:40

Wounds and Our Identity

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What happens when your wound becomes your identity?

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 09:23

Faithful

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Mission field living can be busy and boring at the same time. In moments of routine-ness, healthy activities can be helpful, however, there can be something else going on causing the dreariness.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:36

Perception and Truth

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Your perceptions and intentions in life do not establish the truth. Truth must be based in something much less volatile than our constant maturing views or becoming immature for some. It must be the cornerstone on which reality can be built.

Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:01

Keep your Head Up!

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"Keep your head up!"  This was the discussion I had with a High School soccer team yesterday.

Friday, 25 May 2018 04:47

Hearing the Father's voice?

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Everything we believe, do and produce begins with a thought.

Friday, 29 December 2017 02:08

Expect Christmas in the New Year

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Everything we believe, do and produce begins with a thought.

Saturday, 09 December 2017 02:40

Positioned In Prayer

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How you view God and your relationship to him has the greatest impact on how you approach Him in prayer.

Sunday, 02 July 2017 05:28

Running Shoes Over A Wheelchair

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It has become another Saturday morning ritual,as I got on my bike to ride alongside Valerie as she ran her six-mile route.

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