Keep Going

keep going quotes

There are times when life gets really tough and putting one foot in front of the other is all you can do. Perhaps you are going through a relationship difficulty and it’s making life more than hard. Maybe you’re in the middle of unemployment and have more month than money. Or perhaps personal or family health problems are causing major distress.

Whatever it is, today I simply want to encourage you to keep going. God sees and knows! He has not promised us that we will not have trouble in this world; but he has told us to take heart; he has overcome the world. He will not leave you and is with you every step of the way.

Today I wanted to share 23 keep going quotes. For those times you need to hold on to a few words as a reminder that you will get through this in Jesus’ strength.

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.- Mary Ann Lamacher

Whatever God is urging you to give away cannot be compared to what He ultimately wants to give to you.- Beth Moore

When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it! – Joyce Meyer

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again- only this time more wisely. – Henry Ford

The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson, don’t give up in the middle.- unknown

God would give up His only son before He’d ever give up on you! (John 3:16) – Max Lucado

Discipline weighs an ounce; regret weighs a ton. – unknown

Courage comes from a heart that is convinced it is loved.- Beth Moore

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Will we ever exit this pit? Yes! Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere. – Max Lucado

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.- C.S. Lewis

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.- Christopher Reeves

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

The brave do not live forever; but the cautious do not live at all. – Princess Diaries

Never give up on anybody; miracles happen every day.- unknown

Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway. – Joyce Meyer

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. – unknown

Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does. – Max Lucado

Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if there is, love again. -Max Lucado

There is not a single darkness in your life that God cannot bring his light upon. – Beth Moore

Make up your mind that you’re not going to quit until you see the fruit of what God has placed within you.- Joyce Meyer

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.- Babe Ruth

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.- Galatians 6:9

Be sure to check out these 12 Bible verses for when you feel like giving up!

I’m cheering you on.

Just one more step.

Rachel

 

7up Prayer Challenge

Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, but then life got busy and you forgot to write it down? Or you wrote it down and then it was a “my dog ate my homework” scenario? Maybe you noticed someone really discouraged, a friend, relative, or co-worker, and you wanted to remember to lift them up in prayer?

Praying for others requires being intentional.

Today I have a super solution for intentionally praying for others. I’m issuing the 7up prayer challenge. (What in the world? Has she gone mad? Must be cabin fever.)

7up prayer challenge

What’s the 7up prayer challenge?

As I said earlier this week, one of the best ways I’ve found to combat discouragement is to be purposeful about encouraging someone else. Combine prayer and encouragement and wow, that’s a power-packed combo! So I thought some of you might like to join me in this prayer challenge. It’s simple.

1. Pray.

Ask God to put someone on your heart that needs your prayer encouragement. Maybe you already know exactly for whom you need to pray.

2. Purchase.

Buy a single bottle of 7up. I found mine at Speedway because gas stations typically carry small single bottles of soda. (Or you could buy a 2 liter, if someone needs a WHOLE lot of prayer. Just kidding. But a 2 liter would work!)

You could do this challenge without the gift and just give them the card. But the gift is an encouragement too!

3. Print.

Download and print out the graphic below. I created a single label sheet, as well as a sheet of four. You could share this activity with your small group or get your kiddos involved.

7up prayer tag

Download the single tag here.

Download the set of 4 here.

4. Pen it.

Fill out the label and attach it to the bottle.

5. Provide.

Deliver the 7up bottle to the person you plan for pray for the entire week ahead. You could leave it on the porch. Surprise your co-worker. Deliver it to the office where the person works. Leave it in their car. Have fun!

6. Pray.

Pray for your person for the entire week and then send them a text, social media message, call them or write them a note at the end of the week so they will know you followed through on your commitment.

It’s that easy!

Now I’m going to do the challenge beginning this Sunday, February 22,2015 through Saturday, February 28,2015, but it doesn’t matter WHEN you do it. However, I thought it would be really fun to add a hashtag so we can see how it’s working out. So use the hashtag:

#7upprayer 

There is nothing like the power of prayer.

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

All right, who’s in this week? I’d love to hear from you!

Rachel

BONUS: If you are praying for your husband or children, you can use these prayer guides to pray for 7 days:

7 ways to pray for your husband for 7 days

7 ways to pray for your children for 7 days

50 Things to Do to Encourage Someone

things to do to encourage someone

I know that feeling. You want to encourage someone, whether it’s a friend, neighbor or co-worker, but you simply can’t think of what you’d like to do. Sometimes time is of the essence and while you’d love to cook Aunt Susie a 4 course meal, that’s simply out of the question for the moment. Today’s list of 50 things to do to encourage someone is the go-to guide for you!

Recently my church began a community initiative called #LoveColumbus. The stories surrounding the hashtag are so incredible. If you’ve been around here long, you know that I truly believe in the power of words. I also strongly believe in putting action behind those words and showing love to folks through tangible acts of kindness.

Sometimes that’s tough to do without a little forethought or planning. And even with planning, sometimes having the time to follow through on the idea can be tough. My goal with today’s 50 things to do to encourage someone list is to give you a resource for your ideas. Whether you need it on the fly or you want to plan ahead, there’s sure to be an idea or two to empower you to follow through on loving someone God places in your path. Here we go!

1. Surprise pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru.
2. Create a sunshine box of encouragement.
3. Write a thank-you note and give it with some candy.
4. Make a meal for a family with a newborn.
5. Send a random text of encouragement to one of your contacts.
6. Post an encouraging Bible verse for your social media status.
7. Give hugs freely.
8. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
9. Cut grass for an elderly person.
10. Leave a positive post-it note on your coworker’s computer.
11. Leave some candy on the copy machine at the office.
12. Give the waitress a double tip.
13. Say thank you more than once.
14. Print a list of “things to say to encourage…” and post it on your fridge.
15. Take the neighbor’s trash cans off the curb and place near home.
16. Take time to listen intently.
17. Bake cookies and share them with a nearby nursing home.
18. Pick 5 people and leave an encouraging comment on their Facebook wall.
19. Pack small necessity bags and keep them in your vehicle for the homeless.
20. Pray for that request and then let the person know you prayed.
21. Smile at the cashier.
22. Keep your cell phone in your pocket when someone is talking to you.
23. Loan a book to your friend when she lost the last one she borrowed.
24. Pray for someone when they request prayer- right on the spot!
25. Give someone a free printable set of Scripture cards.
26. Take a flower to the hospital, even when you don’t know anyone who is a patient.
27. Take a selfie with the “I Love You” sign and send it to your loved one.
28. Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life. (ie: pastor, teacher, etc.)
29. Allow the person behind you to go first.
30. Call the oldest living relatives you have.
31. Send anonymous flowers to the school office.
32. Thank the parking lot attendant and give him a tip.
33. Make two lunches and give one away.
34. Buy Girl Scout cookies; then give them away.
35. Place all the shopping carts in the parking lot into the store storage.
36. Tip the grocery bagger.
37. Give someone the promise that you will pray for them for the week and let them know you did.
38. Write a note and send it in the MAIL..
39. Send an encouraging ecard.
40. See a need and fill it.
41. Hold the door open for someone.
42. Give away your favorite book.
43. Make a cup of tea or coffee for a public service employee.
44. Offer to replace someone’s shopping cart when they’ve unloaded.
45. Let someone else make the choice.
46. Compliment someone on social media.
47. Give up your seat on the bus or shuttle.
48. Give someone the gift of laughter- tell a joke.
49. Round up a box of items to donate to a shelter.
50. Talk to someone who appears lonely.

Give someone the gift of a brighter day!

Rachel