encouragement on a sunday

a little encouragement for my fellow bloggers:

1 Timothy 4: 8-16

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

my goodness, if that isn't a message of encouragement to my fellow bloggers, i don't know what is. isn't that what we're doing? living out a semi-public online life of devotion to Christ, that can have an impact on other believers, no matter how old or young they are? keep doing it friends! you have no idea who's reading and being impacted by your words. you might be the one "looking down on you[rself] because you are young". i know i am, being on the younger spectrum of the bloggers that i read. but, really, if God is teaching me, it's not for no good reason. it's not in a vacuum. it's to encourage and set an example for other believers. you may not get lots of comments or views but God's Word does not return to Him empty. it will accomplish what He has purposed it for:

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
   so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
   and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

don't stop writing. don't stop sharing. don't stop being refined and changed and writing about it on your little blog. it matters! be encouraged, friends!


  1. I am reading this late, but thank you for it nonetheless!!

  2. What a wonderful post! Thank you for the reminder that "God's word does not return to him empty". Looking forward to reading more ;)

  3. Very inspiring.. Love 1 Timothy :)


  4. Such a wonderful post, Aly! What great encouragement! Thank you for sharing! BIG hugs and blessings to you!