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The Encouragement Zone

Need uplifting? No better place to find it than straight from God's word, The Bible.

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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When You Are Feeling:


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AFRAID/FULL OF FEAR

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"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?"
~Psalm 56:3-4~
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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
~Joshua 1:9~
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"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you."
~Isaiah 43:2~
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WORRIED

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"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpassed all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 4:6-7~
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“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
~Lord Jesus, Matthew 6:25-34~
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"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
~1 Peter 5:7~
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Depressed

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"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
~Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV
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"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
~Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
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Discouraged

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"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—"
~2 Corinthians 4:8-9~
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"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;"
~Philippians 1:6~
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"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!"
~Psalm 27:14~
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"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord."
~Psalm 31:24~
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Heartbroken

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"The Lord is near to those who have a brokenheart and saves such as have a contrite spirit."

-Psalm 34:17

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"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound."

-The Lord God, Isaiah 61:1

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"He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds."

-Psalm 147:3

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"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

-Psalm 30:5b

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Condemned

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"He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy to those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." 
~Psalm 103:10-12~
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"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." 
~Revelation 12:10-11~
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"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 
~The Lord God, Hebrews 8:12~
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"Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 
This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 
And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 
When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
~John 8:3-11~
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LONELY

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"For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you." 
~Isaiah 54:10~
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"When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me."
~Psalm 27:10~
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"I will never leave you nor forsake you."
 ~The Lord God, Joshua 1:5c~
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"lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 
~Lord Jesus, Matthew 28:20~
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ANGRY

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"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret--it only causes harm."
~Psalm 37:8~
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"Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools."
~Ecclesiastes 7:9~
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"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city."
~Proverbs 16:32~
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"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
~Ephesians 4:31-32~
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When You are Feeling Far from God

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"The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth."

-Psalm 145:18
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"Call to Me, and I will answer you,"
~Jeremiah 33:3a~
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"But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him."
~1 Corinthians 6:17~
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"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You."
~Psalm 139:7-12~
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When you are facing Hard Times/Financial Hardship

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Special Note- There are many out there who are going through this. And we know that majority of the time in this day in age it's by circumstances way beyond our control. And no matter how hard we try to prevent or stop these hardships, they still come. When we go through it we sometimes believe that God is angry at us and punishing us for some reason. We might even have friends and family (Christian and non Christian) who say that He is punishing you and that you deserve it. Well, it's time to set the record straight. The truth straight from His Word: that when go through hard times or financial hardships beyond your control, God isn't angry at you. On the contrary, He's there with you through it all and despite the incredible odds, He will help you overcome and get through it. On top of that, His blessings are not reliant on money. To those going through hard times and financial hard ships: He hasn't abandoned you, He isn't angry at you, and He isn't punishing you. He loves you and He will stand and defend you:



"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;"
-Psalm 138:7a
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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,"
-Ephesians 1:3
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"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."
-James 1:2
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"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace , that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
-Hebrews 4:15-16
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"I will lift up my eyes to the hills--From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
-Psalm 121:1-2
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" But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me."
-Psalm 40:17a
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"The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing."
-Psalm 34:10
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"I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities."
-Psalm 31:7
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"The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory."
-1 Samuel 2:7-8
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"For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy."
-Psalm 72:12-13
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"For the Lord hears the poor,"
-Psalm 69:33a
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"He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor."
-Psalm 72:4
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"Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool."
-Proverbs 19:1
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"The rich and poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all."
-Proverbs 22:2
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"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise," says The Lord; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."
-Psalm 12:5
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"For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those who condemn him."
-Psalm 109:31
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"Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, and makes their families like a flock. The righteous see it and rejoice, and all iniquity stops its mouth."
-Psalm 107:41-42
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"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:19
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True Positive Thinking: FOCUS on These:

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"Whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy---meditate on these things."

-Philippians 4:8

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And Remember This Truth: JESUS LOVES YOU

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  "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you."
-The Lord God, Jeremiah 31:3

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"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love."
-Lord Jesus, The Son of God, John 15:9







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Bible Verses taken from KJV and NKJV

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