A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement


Hearts and Hands

posted by Brandi Harkonen

After freely giving to a homeless man on the street, Martha Williamson learned a powerful lesson about joy.



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(Ray.)

posted March 23, 2010 at 4:40 am


Every good woman should have a good christian husband,aomeone that she can yell at,lie to and blame when her lover makes her pregnant.



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Debra

posted March 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm


Thank you, Martha, for this extraordinary lesson in giving with joy. You are a treasure!!!
Dear RAY,
It is obvious that you are deeply hurt by your spouse’s unconscionable treatment of you. Please know that unfortunately it happens to many spouses (I am one, after 23 yrs. of marriage). I was angry and hurt and I will tell you that it took me 2 yrs. or more to gather myself together and move forward. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train. As a Christian, I have grown, learned how to set healthy boundaries and have given myself a lot of love and permission to grieve, recover and begin again. As you know, we are never alone (though it sometimes feels that way) because the Lord promises to be with us every step of the way and He always keeps His promises! I will pray, right now, for you and your situation. The Lord has brought a fabulous Christian man into my life and I treasure him, as he does me. The best advice that I can impart to you is what Jesus has driven home to me time and again–”Talk is cheap, stop casting your pearls (your Christian values, commitment, peace, patience, forgiveness, faith, trust) before swine!!! Compare what a person actually DOES with what he or she TELLS you. (This has been invaluable) and finally- Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and love others AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF!!!” Yes, God wants you to love yourself!!! How does one love oneself? By giving yourself permission to be human, fallible. By spending time alone with yourself to grieve, learn what not to do& what to do next time around. By reading healthy relationship books, by praying, by talking to others, by going to a therapist, by taking the time to renew your body and mind-go to the beach or the mountains. Eat and get good sleep and think positively ( The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman V. Peale is a great little book to start with) Remember you are not alone and that you are divinely guided. Hope this has been an encouragement to you and that you are able to pass this advice on to others that you meet. God Bless You, Ray!



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Capriccioso of Port Orchard, WA

posted March 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm


Your remembrance strengthens my resolve to not judge those ‘homeless’ on the street. Only God can tell why one is ‘down on their luck’ and needs a ‘hand up’, not a disgusted look in judgement. I can only become ‘stronger’ with my intolerance by trying your ‘reaching, grgrabbing and giving’ gift. May God make be strong enough to practice.



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Capriccioso of Port Orchard, WA

posted March 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm


“…May God make ME strong enough to practice.”
Correction to previous post.



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Angie Toelle

posted March 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm


Hi Martha
Some times in life we do get a chance to help some one in need.
Yes it dose feel good, The man on the street with no hands, God
was there with you when you give him the money. Your insight on
Love, Joy,Peace,Giving, is always so right. You sure have a great heart.
May The Lord Always Bless You & Your Family Angie



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Karen aka ClaireDePlume

posted March 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm


Dear Martha,
I half listened to your piece at first, being distracted with doing two tasks at once, neither one very well. You captured my attention just before the last few words and my spontaneous response? Silent tears. To make sure I understood your message, I played the video once again. Once again, tears were my response.
I have sometimes given to people on the street, sometimes not, most times without rhyme or reason. Most times I count first, sometimes I don’t. Mostly it is to make sure the amount is appropriate without causing me a shortage.
And you know what? I would love to have the confidence to reach into my pocket and my heart to do as you have with this particular man. How fortunate you could, and how fortunate you knew exactly what was perfect at that moment. That act of giving was a blessing beyond counting.
I will think of you when next I have an opportunity like this and know exactly how to respond.
Thank you,
Karen



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flowernthesnow

posted March 24, 2010 at 8:52 am


I think we are lead by our hearts when and how much to give and we must listen. So many people have become hardened by the homeless. We recently had a homeless man die over the harsh winter that I did not know existed until it came out in the news and I was so very saddened at how he was living. In a poorly made makeshift tent and kept warm by lighting kerosene in a bowl that he spent $80 a month for in the winter. I don’t know all the circumstances but my heart wrenched to know he died in the cold. I told one person this and the remark back was “they choose to live this way” My God . . . “except for the grace of God there go I” and I cannot shut up my bowels of compassion when my heart speaks. And. . .how sad that he never made the news or headlines until he died, had the news media made him known sooner he would have had plenty of help but the media is another topic all by itself.
I used to be a probation officer for a 2 year span of time and the saddest thing a female probationer said to me when I took her “mug shot” for our file was “this is the first time anyone has taken a photo of me since I was a child” How very sad to be forgotten and alone in this world to not be regarded enough that a photo is never taken of you. My heart wrenched at that statement and I never forgot it. If I could cure anything in the whole world it would be lonliness.
Thank you Martha.



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reader

posted March 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm


The true meaning of beauty comes from inside out, not outside in..
May god bless those who have an open heart, who help others that are truly in need.
your reader -



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Mark

posted March 29, 2010 at 1:59 am


Hello Everyone…..
I remember several years ago me and a friend of mine were going somewhere to eat. This was a Mexican fast food place that was 24/7 and had outside sitting. A homeless person came up to me and ask me for something to eat. I was very,very rude to him and basically sent him on his way. While I was eating the thought occurred to me that I probably would not be treating this person the way I did if…..
(1) He could help me in some way
(2) He could hurt me in some way
I started thinking about that and it had occurred me me that my “true self” had come out. I asked for forgiveness and made a promise to God that if I EVER saw someone in need I would never treat them like that again. Coincidentally, The very next week I went back to the very same restaurant again and I saw the same person again and I had the privilege and opportunity to apologize to him and buy him a meal. He was grateful and I have never been that way to anyone homeless again.



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cheryl miles

posted April 5, 2010 at 8:59 am


Martha I was a Williamson once and my x husband had a sister named Martha and I have been wondering if that is the one I once knew. She would be a lot like you I think. She was raised in a godly home and had alot of LOVE for everyone that she knew. I loved her for what she was and I think that she loved me for what I was. I sure do get alot of inspiration out the information that I get out of your teaching. Thank you alot. Love in Christ.



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Your Name

posted April 5, 2010 at 11:43 am


Christ said,”love one another as i have loved you….”i believe that when
i have done this,God is glorified,for i live to do and follow Him wherever
He leads me.



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Myrami

posted April 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm


This video show us that we haves to be more consciosu about the Homelees. By the way, Mark you did the right choice. GOD Bless You Mark. Martha thank you for share this video. Blessings. JESUS loves all of You.



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richard

posted April 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm


A few years ago I had worked a job close to the border of Mexico. Knowing that one could buy medicine cheap I went across the border. As I was leaving town, walking up the sidewalk I saw two women walking toward me about twenty feet apart. The first one stoped, a Mexican woman, she said, can I have some money for the baby. I said, I work hard for my money and I don’t give my money to anyone. She said , I need milk for the baby. I took a deep breath and took out my bilfold. There was plenty of money. I said to myself a dollar what’s a dollar. I gave her one. She smiled at me and left. I turned to leave and the blond lady turned as she passed me and the smile she gave me and the look in her eyes made me feel good. It was a look I will never forget. I took one steep forward stoped turned, I wanted, hoped she would turn, to see her face again. There were no doors close for the first lady to go in and the second lady could have been no more that three steeps from me but no one was there. I realized I had just seen two female angels. I looked to heaven and said Father you only wanted a dollar. I wished I had given more. Latter I realized God didn’t want my dollar he wanted to heal my cold half dead heart.



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Murphy J. Vincent

posted April 7, 2010 at 1:23 am


Dear Martha, two and sometimes three times a week I click on the first episode of Touched By An Angel.My heart feels great seeing that episode and also the ending of Touched By An Angel.I really enjoyed that program, oh how we need this on television again. With your same cast.Our world is in such a mess. Our America is falling short of it’s expectation.I am a retired veteran, started my career at the age of 18 1/2 years old. My military career was my schooling. I came off a farm a very poor individual.I did not like school and gazing out of the window of that third story window, at the fields I dreamed that their is more out there than I can see. My basic training was in Camp Roberts, Calif..From there I went to train as an infantry paratrooper, and from there went to Fort Bragg, N.C., after many jumps and hard training, I made it to Korea, right after the war,a torn country and much poverty. Left there and made it to Fort Eustis, Va..After three years was shipped to France, this was during the Berlin Crisis,for 2 1/2 years. Left there and returned back to Fort Eustis,Va.After three years left for Okinawa,in support of the Vietnam war.After three months made it to Vietnam. After my year there returned to FT.Eustis, another three years and returned to Vietnam where I met my two other brothers there. We all three finished our tour and returned to the states, and yes my favorite Fort, Eustis. I finally retired there and worked for 35 years and made it back to LA. to take care of my parents who finally completed there earthly mission, and now back with the Lord.I am now a retired disabled veteran, fullfilling my earthly mission and looking forward for Nov.11,2033, and end my 100 years on earth. Now you know about me, GOD BLESS YOU, My favorite “TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL”, AND YOUR TOUCHING MESSAGES, MURPHY>



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