Tuesday, October 9, 2018


HELLO faithful readers!!

Thank you for your readership.  
To better serve you I have launched a NEW website..

As A Work In Progress we all need to bENCOURAGEd!
Wrapped up in that phrase is ENCOURAGE.
When we encourage others we too are encouraged.

I hope that you enjoy this new site location for blog/vlog posts and similar articles that you are used to reading.

Thank you again for your readership.
I hope you continue to be proud to be an AWIP! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Word of Encouragement: STAY

2: to stick or remain with (a race, a trial of endurance, etc.) to the end —usually used in the phrase stay the course
3: to remain during
Stay close.  These words came to me as I read Philippians 2.  I am reminded that the Word of God is like a railing.  When I stay close to the railing I can not only see it but can grab it anytime I need.  When I get too far away from the railing is when I get distracted and can easily wander off.  Back and forth from trail to rail will wear me out over time. Stay close everyday; every hour; every minute; every time.  This will position me to keep on the path God has for me.
“Holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
Phil 2:16 NKJV

Definition of Stay - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stay

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Word of Encouragement: PARAMOUNT

Praying for others is important, but washing oneself first is - paramount.
: superior to all others : supreme
  • a matter of paramount importance
“That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.”
~Eph. 5:26
Recently, our daughter hurt her knee.  She needed to wrap it up, ice it down, and elevate it.
 To help her rest in a proper position for healing she slept on our couch.  I snuggled up
next to her in our oversized chair - being available to her for whatever she needed.  The
next thing I knew my eyes opened to morning sunlight shining through our living room
curtains. As I turned my head I felt a hoop earring press into my shoulder.  Looking
down I realized I had slept in my nice outfit from the day before.
It was a long day in my two day clothes.  Once I sat up from that chair the day went
quickly.  School. Work. Cleaning. Phone Calls. Nursing my daughter. Lunch. Dinner.
Walking through my bathroom I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  I realized
that tonight I should sleep in PJs.
Not only did my clothes need a good washing but so did I.  The next morning, after
another short sleep - nursing our daughter from the living room - I recognized the
importance of being washed clean.  That morning I spent quality time with God. His
Word washed away tiredness, irritability, fatigue, and broken focus. His Word revealed a paramount- truth - refreshing oneself helps serve others better.  A good washing
refreshes you from the inside out.
Definition for Embrace 2018 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramount

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday's Word of Encouragement: EMBRACE


1a : to clasp in the arms : hug
3a : to take up especially readily or gladly
b : to avail oneself of : welcome
4a : to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole
b : to be equal or equivalent to
Sometimes, in life, we find ourselves in valleys.  These valleys could have been caused
by us or something/someone else or a combination of both.  Either way - in those times
we must have self awareness. We must recognize that in valleys our perspective is
smaller and most often selfish.  In our selfish state we can begin to lose hope, becoming
consumed with the ruts and rocks on the trail that we find ourselves walking on. The
valley can then become a wilderness causing us to become lost from the path God has
for us.  

But in this self awareness we must embrace life.  We must look for opportunities to
apply and develop the gifts we have been given.  Walking will not get us out of valleys,
but walking in the right direction while embracing life will.

Embracing life is more of a mindset than an action.  We first must give ourselves an
internal hug - welcome back - encourage our talents and assess how we can use them
right where we are.  By doing this we begin to focus on what we can do not what we
can not do. When we do this, we begin to experience victories again. These are not
mountain top victories, but victories nonetheless. Our mindset begins to change -
instead of focusing on the trail we lift our heads which opens new possibilities for
opportunities to move out of the valley we are in.  

Be encouraged today to embrace life wherever you may find yourself.  

Definition for Embrace 2018 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embrace