Be Encouraged!

My son has been interested in flying airplanes since he was four years old. ‘Young Eagles’ had an opportunity, when he was twelve years old, for him to fly a plane with a local pilot. It was quite an experience, and opened up the door for him to learn more about flying. He was given a subscription to ‘Sporty’s’ to learn more online.

My son is seventeen now, and looking at flight schools to attend. Missionary Aviation Training Academy, (MATA), Arlington, Washington, has a summer camp for future missionary pilots. He is interested in becoming a commercial pilot, and this is one opportunity he is thinking about. It is one-third the cost of ATP, Portland, Oregon, which was another choice.  Moody Aviation in Spokane, Washington, was also considered.

My son will be attending the MATA camp in July, God willing, to see if missionary aviation pilot training would be a good fit for him.

I was on the MATA facebook site, and it linked to

On the link, I read a devotional called, “Knee Mail: You are not Alone”.

It was about discouragement, and how Satan tries to use it as a tool to stop us from doing the Lord’s Work, like in the case of Nehemiah, when he was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. Here is an excerpt from “You are not Alone”:

Nehemiah recognized that Satan was using discouragement against him and the Lord’s work as he encountered the difficulties in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. (v. 9 “For all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.”)
So he wisely:

1. Cried out to the Lord in prayer
2. Asked the Lord to strengthen his hand so that he could complete the task which the Lord had commissioned him to do.

The result: v. 15 “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God”.

Dear loved one, you are not alone! Go to the Lord like Nehemiah did. Stay on course crying out to Lord and watch Him work. “Our God is able”.

That’s great that the people, trying to discourage Nehemiah, lost their confidence when they recognized that the work had been accomplished with the help of God. The ‘tide was turned’. The work was completed because God strengthened Nehemiah when he called out in prayer.

We are not alone. Call out to God, and ask for Him to strengthen you, so that you can complete the tasks He’s given you.

Thank you, dear Lord, that You do not leave us alone. You are with us always, and we have no reason to be discouraged or dismayed. You are our refuge, our strength, our help in times of trouble, You are a friend that sticks closer than a brother. You heal, You strengthen, You encourage, and I praise You for that! I pray for Your continued presence, help, love, and forgiveness. Amen.



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