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Doses of Encouragement

Psalm 12
 
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”…until they do.
In this Psalm, David is reviled by the people speaking out of both sides of their mouth. One side flourishing words they know people want to hear. The other side oozing deceit. Always saying the “right” thing – never speaking rightly. He even recognizes this tactic as one that will be used by the evil that will rule in the last days – that’s pretty evil! It’s prideful and self-righteous.
 
Have you ever been victimized by the false flattery of another? I have and it stings my heart. I have a tendency to be quick with a harsh response. Here’s the thing though, I am not here to be puffed up or broken down. I am here to glorify God in body, mind, spirit, and my words.
 
Robert Hawker (cited in Spurgeon) says, “Do sinners talk of vanity? Let saints then speak of Jesus and his gospel. Do they talk impure words? Then let the faithful use the pure words of God, which like silver, the more used, the more melted in the fire, the more precious will they be.”
 
Lord, Thank you for keeping me close. Forgive me for being tempted by flattery and falsehoods. Forgive me for the sharpness of my own tongue. I know that I can choose to be a victim of the lies of others (and my own), or supported by truth! Let my mouth learn to speak with the purity of the gospel. Help me be faithful even though wickedness exists all around. Help me stay faithful until the end where victory awaits.
 
Amen

Cindi Raymond

Author, Speaker, Leadership Mentor

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, and grandmother with a heart for women to know God intimately, love Him deeply and serve Him on purpose. With Proverbs 20:5 as my life mission, I encourage generations of women to acknowledge and fulfill their anointing.

Passion and Purpose

 
I have a deep desire to draw the hearts of women to the heart of God by promoting Biblical literacy and disciple-making. Though the road has had more than a few bumps and detours, I have learned to navigate leadership with humility. With a gift for conference speaking, mentoring, and consulting; my purpose is in challenging women to discover, acknowledge and live-out their purpose with intentionality. One of my biggest strengths lies in the ability to “keep things real” – I bring simplicity to the complex and joy in the mundane.

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Have you ever had a blessing in disguise? Our biggest blessings often come disguised in hard times, difficult circumstances, broken relationships, or shattered dreams, but the Bible promises us that He will turn all things good for those who love the Lord. This is the hope believers cling to when the storm is so treacherous that we can’t see the next step. These stories will bring you hope and encourage you to look for your own blessings in disguise.

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