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Stories of Encouragement
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God how could you do this to me!" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?"  asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it :
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You say: "It's impossible"

You say: "I'm too tired"

You say: "Nobody really loves me"

You say: "I can't go on"

You say: "I can't figure things out"

You say: "I can't do it"

You say: "I'm not able"

You say: "It's not worth it"

You say: "I can't forgive myself"

You say: "I can't manage"

You say: "I'm afraid"

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"

You say: "I don't have enough faith"

You say: "I'm not smart enough"

You say: "I feel all alone"

God says: All things are possible (Lk 18:27)

God says: I will give you rest (Mt 11:28-30)

God says: I love you (Jn 3:16; 3:34)

God says: My grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9)

God says: I will direct your steps (Prov 3:5-6)

God says: You can do all things (Phil 4:13)

God says: I am able (2 Cor 9:8)

God says: It will be worth it (Rom 8:28)

God says: I Forgive you (1 Jn 1:9)

God says: I will supply all your needs (Phil 4:19)

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7)

God says: Cast all your cares on ME (1 Pet 5:7)

God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith (Rom 12:3)

God says: I give you wisdom (Jas 1:5)

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Heb 13:5)
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