5 Stories of Encouragement, Plus Free Friday

Encouragement is a powerful force because it is a form of hope, one of the three things we know will always remain (1 Cor. 13:13). Every man, woman, and child stands in constant need of encouragement. Offering encouragement to others is easy to do, costs us nothing, and delivers kindness, love, and energy to the weary and downcast.

Today is The National Day of Encouragement, “a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude.” To encourage you, we want to share a few personal stories of encouragement. We hope this inspires you in your walk with others. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Free Friday! You can download today’s free book at the end of this post.

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Loving God on Earth Day

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7-10, NIV

Today is a beautiful spring day in Austin. Everything is turning green, (well, as green as it can get in Texas) and bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are popping up everywhere. Every time I go outside, I try to take a deep breath and appreciate the beauty, especially since this is a brief respite before the sweltering 100+ degree summer that is coming soon.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Community Service

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Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?‘” No matter how you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, this day and every day you can choose to reach out and help someone.

All over the country, there are events and volunteer opportunities happening today to celebrate the spirit of Dr. King.

In Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service is being held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Boston University, where Dr. King earned his Ph.D., is holding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the George Sherman Union. The event is free and open to the public.

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A Thanksgiving Food Drive

“On any given night there are more than 2,300 Austinites living on the streets of Austin, in shelters or in other places not meant for human habitation, like cars. Over 900 of those who are homeless would be considered chronically homeless; people who have been homeless for over one year, or four times in the past 3 years.” – www.austintexas.gov

WORDsearch employees Julian Garcia, Mike Giles, Katie Cornett, Kristina Vandiver and Joe Hendley with some of the donations.

WORDsearch employees Julian Garcia, Mike Giles, Katie Cornett, Kristina Vandiver and Joe Hendley with some of the donations.

This fall, WORDsearch participated in a canned food drive for Thomas Wright Ministries.

Brought to WORDsearch by Julian Garcia from our tech support team, the food drive was held through Shoreline Christian Center with the goal of feeding the Austin homeless population a Thanksgiving meal. This is the fourth year WORDsearch has participated.

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WORDsearch is on Pinterest!

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Hi everyone!  Do you love the Bible verse images we share on Facebook? Many of them come from our Pinterest page! Yes, WORDsearch is on Pinterest!

As you probably know, Pinterest is a social media tool used to create “pin” boards of different images you want to collect for inspiration or future ideas.

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from WORDsearch! In honor of some of the moms in our lives, some of our staff shared what they love about their mothers.

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When parents have multiple children, they are often determined for their kids to know that they don’t choose favorites.  Well, as for my mom, she has always been persistent to claim me as her “favorite son.”  While this recognition is appreciated, it makes sense once realized that I only have an older sister.

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