A month's worth of meditations encourage you to keep on keeping on, persevering through tough times to fashion a life that is meaningful to you and a blessing to the world. A combination of inspirational thoughts, quotes, and practical action steps help you live mindfully, break through fear, choose peace, take action, and keep a positive attitude through the challenges and changes of life.
Had a bad day? A rough week? 31 Days of Encouragement: Meditations to Help You Persevere and Thrive in Difficult Times is a comforting reminder that you possess rich inner resources, and that even the most difficult life can be transformed, when you make choices from the heart. When times are tough, it’s not enough to just get tougher. The trying circumstances you face may be an opportunity, not an obstacle. Your choices count, and even the smallest choices can make a big difference in your life.
These meditations help you find reasons to rejoice, ways to lend a helping hand, and learn to set aside time and space for the priorities of the heart that allow miracles of grace to unfold. When life is challenging and you feel discouraged, 31 Days of Encouragement offers simple meditations that can inspire courage and confidence. You can live with resolution, vitality, and purpose. Meditations for difficult days include:
• Choose Peace and Happiness
• Break Through Your Fear
• Live in the Present Moment
• Breathe Deeply
• Take Your Vitamins
• Take One Positive Action
• Make Room for Mistakes
• Decide to Be Your Best Self
• Play to Your Strengths Instead of Your Weaknesses
• Be Part of the Solution
Sometimes you only need to be reminded of what you already know. From focusing on the good that is already in your life to helping others help themselves, the practical wisdom and commonsense suggestions in 31 Days of Encouragement help you navigate the stormy seasons of life.
This book includes an excerpt from The Art of Encouragement
Candy Paull’s writing is the readable equivalent of Earl Grey tea, steeped in a pot, and served in your grandmother's china. That is: it warms you through and through.
Victoria Moran, bestselling author of Creating a Charmed Life
Help Others Help Themselves
“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat today. Teach a man to fish and he’ll feed himself for the rest of his life.” This old proverb offers wisdom for anyone who desires to help others. One of the most powerful ways you can help someone is to empower them to help themselves. Instead of creating dependence on you, you help them discover their own strengths and become independent.
Paul wrote, “Help to carry one another’s burdens.” (Galatians 6:2 GNB) Help others by encouraging them to believe in their own potential for greatness. Encourage and empower others to become all they were meant to be, and you will be encouraged, too.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
• Donate “seed money” or equipment or expertise to help someone start a business, ministry, or worthy project.
Do What You Can Do Now
Sometimes grandiose plans to do great things in the future interfere with your chances to do something now. You tell yourself that you’ll do something someday, once you are successful, have money, or can give more time.
A problem may seem so big that your little contribution feels like a mere drop in the bucket. But many drops eventually fill the bucket. Do what you can do now. Don’t focus on how little difference a small act of kindness seems to make. You may not be able to change the world overnight, but you can make the world a better place, one simple choice at a time.
Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
• Think of three small step of faith or acts of generosity you can offer today. Do one of them.
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Published September 1, 2011
by Candy Paull.
Religion & Spirituality.