Wed., July 11, 2018

Acts 15:31 – The people read it, delighted with its encouraging message.

Would a couple sentences of encouragement be a great way to start your day?

If so, I have an offer for you.

It’s free.

It’s simple.

It’s quick.

And it’s very painless.

Earlier this year, I started a little daily group text for some family members. In the morning, I send two or three sentences of encouragement. A thought for the day. A verse of scripture. A short little prayer to begin the day.

This spring, I’ve held a couple focus groups. Because I am in the process of writing a book, I use these groups for feedback and unofficial research. At one focus group, the daily text came up. I had added my friend Mindy to the daily text. She had a challenging start to the year. I thought these little words of encouragement might be uplifting for her. The other ladies were interested in the daily text. For the last several weeks, another small group of people have also received an encouraging text message at the beginning of the day.

Here’s a typical morning text:

Dear God – Remind me today it is impossible to remake all of life in one day. All at once. Without any challenges. Thanks for loving me just the way I am. Amen.

That’s it! Oh, this text had four sentences.

Now, I’m offering this morning text to you. I want to expand the pool a bit. See if other folks might enjoy receiving a short thought as your day begins.

It’s very easy to “enroll.” Simply text simplewordsoffaith (all one word) to 33222 and you will be signed up! If you sign up today, you will receive tomorrow’s text message. It’s really that simple.

For now, the service is free. Once enrolled, you will always remain an early participant and not ever be charged. In the future, who knows? This is all very new to me. I’m figuring it out as I go.

Reading a blog takes more time. You must “find” it, whether in your e-mail, on Facebook or my website. This text message will magically arrive every day. If you decide these text messages aren’t for you, let me know and I’ll remove you.

Maybe you know someone who isn’t interested in reading a blog but might enjoy a text message. Encourage them to sign-up! Currently, I have less than 15 people who receive the text messages. How many people can be encouraged to sign-up in the next week? Could we reach 500 in one week? I have no clue. Please share this blog post or tell someone who might be encouraged by a simple daily text message.

Self-promoting myself is very hard. I’ve thought long and hard about whether to offer this text message service. My decision is based on positive feedback I have received from those who currently receive it.

Please do not mistake a text message from me as God’s word. I only pray these words will point you back towards the One whose word is truly encouraging and inspiring.

For God’s word, I am grateful.

Lord God – you speak to us in so many unique and different ways; ways that are beyond our understanding. I pray you speak to us creatively this day. Amen.

Blessings –


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