August 13, 2020 - LISTEN HERE
1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14-23
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
And we exhort you: Warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.
Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies but examine everything carefully; hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.
Now may the God of peace sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We all get discouraged and down in the dumps occasionally – and some times, it’s more than occasionally. We have life stressors: job responsibilities – or looking for work; elderly parents to care for; decisions about school vs homeschooling; struggles with all types of relationships; trying to make sense of it all as a business owner; caring for sick animals; trying to find the time to be a committed activist.......and the list could go and on.
This verse – which admonishes us to encourage one another and build each other up and gives a To Do list for how to achieve this task – is what @HappyHourWithDrT is all about. You can find the discussion LIVE each day, Monday through Friday on Instagram and then later on Disseminate.TV/@HappyHour and here, at www.HappyHourwithDrT.Blogspot.com (please share!)
I created Happy Hour for just this reason – to encourage one another.
When Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonians, he was sending a strong word of encouragement. He included a list of things to do that will lift our mood and strengthen our spirit....and he closes with a blessing.
No matter what storm you’re facing right now, you have friends here at Happy Hour. Together, we can look to God in the midst of the storms....and we can choose to do one – or all – of these activities. The result will be to encouraging to others - which will pick up our mood! - because we prayed and helped someone else get closer to God. In the end, our spirit, soul, and body will feel better and those discouraging feelings will fade away.
Dear Lord, we often get discouraged because our prayers are not being fulfilled or events are not materializing in OUR time frame.
Lord, patience is NOT an attribute humans are born with. Patience is something we learn within the confines of being human. Thank you that this group of like-minded humans has found each other here at HappyHour. Together, and with Your presence, we can inspire each other to improve and encourage each other when we are sad.
We are grateful to have You to lean on, Lord. We trust Your timing is perfect, no matter how difficult it may be to accept the Human timeline. Thank You for putting Your hand on the steering wheel of each live that is here. Please hear our prayers Lord and deliver our requests, this or something better. And in all things, Thy will be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.