A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement

An Unexpected Time Machine

Martha Williamson reminds us that moments of true happiness come all the time but we have to stay in the present to feel them.

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Debbie Banyai

posted April 16, 2010 at 7:55 am

In today’s comments you mentioned that you “had lost weight.” I only know you as your new, thin self. About three years ago I was diagnosed as morbidly obese and recommended for bariatric bypass surgery. I did finally have it and have lost about 75 pounds, but am only half-way to my goal. My problem is my brain. I am finally down to a size I can shop in regular stores for clothes and I feel like I’ve “arrived.” When I stop and think about it, I know this is a lie. I only wish I would stop and think about it more often! Thank you for your column. The days it arrives are brighter!

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posted April 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

Once again Martha you are so timely with your messages. As if God is speaking directly to and through you about each “touch of encouragement” that you deliver. I feel like I am getting direct messages from God himself when I listen to your videos. I lost myself in the past too and just this morning experienced a post traumatic event of a painful happening. I think I will go start a fire with the old records and painful mini movies that sometimes play in my head.
By the way my name is Bev…my ID “flowernthesnow” I use because I manage to get up and bloom in harsh times even in times when I didn’t think I could get back up I think of that first tulip peeking its head out. In watching the animated movie Mulan the Emperor says to the head warrior to go after Mulan because “a flower that blooms in adversity is the lovliest of them all” and Mulan’s father looking at the spring blooms comments that “the spring blossoms were especially beautiful this year.”
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. -Alice Mackenzie Swaim
“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud,”–Buddhist proverb
Winters can seem long and harsh and each of our winters and darkness last different lengths of time and then all of a sudden we see that beautiful spring flower peeking its head up through the mud or through the snow or through a crack in the sidewalk. I too seem to have lost my joy at the same time you mention Cheryl lost hers and that seems like such a long winter in our time, but spring will arive I have faith that I will once again see blossoms peeking up through the snow and mud. Those blossoms will be me breaking through. And as you say just stand still in the now until you see that blossom.
You know “the spring blossoms are especially beautiful this year” :-)) Think we will all be more beautiful than Springs past.
As always
Bless you. . .
just a flower in the snow

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posted April 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

Thank you Martha for sharing a glimpse of your world each time you do a taping of A Touch of Encouragement. Each are a blessing to so many! It is truely a gift! I look forward to each “talk” you give. It is like “Life’s mini object lessons!” I enjoy the way you give visuals in your stories, for I am a visual learner! It really makes me feel like I am right there in your livingroom having a conversation with you! God Bless your ministry!

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Dyan Raymond

posted April 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

Good Morning to Beautiful Martha,
Your beauty is not only surface, but goes so deep! Can’t you see why we all love you. You make our mornings so warm. I love having coffee, or tea with you before I have to start my day. It’s like sharing time with my sister, who lives far away.
It’s not only the things that you say that warm my heart, but the places you take me. I love being in the mountains, in our special cabin with family and people we love. That too is past. And you are right, we must live in the moment. We will always have our special memories, But, If we dwell on the past, we will miss the whole purpose of life.
It’s funny you mention the past, Martha. Last evening I was sitting on the floor by the fireplace looking through tons of pictures of my past, of my beautiful daughter, and her father. I can’t believe how that box of goodies stirred up so many emotions, good and not so good! I have looked through that stuff often, but last evening was different. I asked myself if maybe, I should close that little box up for good. Truly, this is what happened, and I got up to your lovely video. You are so right about the importance of living in the now.
I lost too much of my precious life in the past. It’s time I put my past, with all the unhappiness, in the box and leave it there. Life is too short to keep going back and being sad. There’s so much beauty in the now!!
Thank you Martha.
With Love,

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Betty Bitzer

posted April 16, 2010 at 9:09 am

I have always looked forward to your messages but no longer am able to understand them because of the break ups and way the stories are breaking up
Surely there must be a way to correct this

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posted April 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

Keep em coming . Wonderful words of encouragement.
May God Bless, Glenda

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posted April 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

Andrea said it beautifully, I could not improve on what she said. But, I do want to let you know that I am another one of those people who look forward to Tuesdays and Fridays.I get my coffee and sit down at the computer to listen to your talk. You bring timely messages to us, and it is strange how many of us sit out here and find your talks speak to us. That is the Lord allowing your messages to speak to our hearts. It lifts us up, and He speaks to us through you. That is awesome!

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posted April 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

I’m also having the same problem as Betty. Love your messages, Martha, but they are very broken up lately to the point where I can’t understand them. They used the be much clearer last year. Miss hearing from you.

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Nancy Roberts

posted April 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

I look forward to your posts. I sometimes look back and wish for some of the good times. I know that it isn’t possible. I have some good things now. However, I am relying on God more now than I did when I was so busy working in the nursing field. I do remember that I have tried to keep in touch with Him by going to my church and participating with the teaching of the kids. I hope that I can find that peace as I get older. There are a lot of stresses in my life now. I am finding the truth in my darkest hours here on earth. I am finding encouragement in your emails and I appreciate your kindness. I am hoping that I can do for others more. I have hope in Him. It is the only thing that keeps me going. I lost my dad on Sept. 14, 2001. It was a double indeminity that keeps me stressed. You have helped me cope a bit more. I have had that relationship isolationism that comes from retirement and age. I never appreciated that others could help me cope. You have a precious gift. I pray that you have many blessings and my prayers go with you always. Nancy.

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posted April 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

Very well said, I have as everyone times where I seem to struggle and weigh myself down with my past. I have always lived a wholesome life in God, but I am human and I have done things in my past which sometimes I am ashamed of. I have also had things in my past happen that has made me if I allow it to become BITTER!!! As everyone I sometimes find myself dwelling on these things and find that I tend to become very miserable to be around in the present. I have a great life, it has its struggles as everyone’s does, but I have a wonderful husband and two very healthy,…. and happy children. When I find myself getting caught up in my toils of the past…..I simply stop, think, and realize to let GO!
Letting go truly is your only option in life. If you want to live and breath fresh moments then you have to get out of the smog! Things in the smog are worst then they appear, they are more traumatic then realistically, – it truly is a mindful battle with in ones self to pull yourself to the fresh surface each and everyday.
My,…. biggest issue of all is that I seem to get stuck into is the mindless loose tongue chatter of others, people are CRUEL! I find myself sometimes getting caught up in such gossip nonsense and then,… worrying about what everyone thinks of me. This is quit a negative thought to have, and really can create an unpleasant feeling with in myself. Self-Esteem is something that everyone needs to find with in ones self to be content and happy.
Gossiping is something I rarely do, I try to AVOID this act of cruelty every moment I can, BUT,….because of course,… as people we tend to want to speak of others and give an opinion, but because in the past I have been so opinionated of others, I have created my own insecurities of myself!
We are all human and all trying to survive life,… and create our own happiness and well-being. So I have learned to not be so harsh on the driver beside me, who seems to be going slower then I think they should be. I have tried to not ridicule the person in front of me at the check-out who seems to take forever, and ever, to get her money in order. I have also tried to not be angry with the lady who at the Dr. office,…. seems to be complaining so much about how far she had to walk to get into the door of the office. I instead try to look inside and find a quick prayer for them, and try to realize that possibly, JUST POSSIBLY,…. the weight of their struggles today,…might just make mine LOOK PETTY!!!!
This is has helped me out in many ways in my everyday life, and has made me a much happier and calmer person. Obviously made me more healthier, and much more easier to live with as a person! So when I hear someone banting off about someone else, or something of that persons past, I remain silent, and think….we all have a past, good or bad, it is there…….and,….we all need to let it GO!
God Bless to you all!!!!

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posted April 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I just got married last year and moved 2,000 miles across country where I didn’t know anyone except my husband, his mom and another couple. I didn’t know where anything was, was in a brand new church, and left behind everything familiar, my family, my friends, my church, my job, and my home and even some elderly cats who couldn’t make the journey. So many times, when I get so lonely and times get rough I tend to look back on those times and wish I was there. Your video reminded me that I need to look for ways to be happy now, the new friends I have made here, the new church where I am getting to know people and even how I am finally getting a little able to get around in a big city with lots and lots of traffic (that I wasn’t used to). God bless you.

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Sandi Angel

posted April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

This is for Connie and all those that finds it breaks up when played. Start the video and get Martha talking. Then put it on pause and let it get way ahead of itself (as i am as i’m writing this). Then go back and hit play. It’ll play perfectly all the way through with no break ups.

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Mary Hicks

posted April 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm


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posted April 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Thank you so much Martha for your post on appreciating what we have in the present moment. The youngest of our four children, and the last now at home, is graduating high school this June and starting college in September. I find my thoughts going back to when my childen were very small and wishing please God that I could go back to those times. It breaks my heart sometimes that they have all grown and it happened oh so quickly. But your post made me realize instead of being sad for the past, I should appreciate the present in which the kids are blessed with good careers and able to be self-sufficient. I can enjoy their successes in life with them. I will probably always miss certain things from the past but should not allow myself to mentally live there because I will miss too much of the now. God bless you Martha, thank you for all good advice you grace us with.

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posted April 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Hi Martha
I think we do have to think on the present, Some times we really dont want to, but are
lives are so precious we have to think on are family &friends.We have to thank God for
all we have at this moment in time, with out him in are lives we have nothing!!!!Thank
you again for such great insight , you give people alot of joy!!!! God Bless ANGIE

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Joanne Crosby

posted April 20, 2010 at 5:32 am

Thank you for starting my morning with such an uplifting message. Lately I have heard that message given to and from some very good people. God is surly alive and guiding us!
Bless you Martha and all of your flock,

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Tammy Clark

posted April 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I enjoyed this message so much. I have felt the same way . I became disabled in 2007. I developed RSD in my legs. I had held a job as a postal clerk for over 21 yrs. Suddenly everthing changed. My friends had busy lives and weren’t available to me. I went through a divorce. I felt like my life was useless and still feel that way at times. I have a 17 yr. old son still at home and try to do the best I can for him. I was raised in church my whole life and quit when I was about 18. I then went back in 1987 and remained till 1990. I know I should be in church but can’t seem to find the right one. I know that’s not an excuse but I have tried out several.Lately, I feel so empty and depressed. Please pray for me. I still watch reruns of your show. Those along with some of the Hallmark movies are some of my favorites. Thank you for the show and this site. Tammy

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Linda Coon

posted April 22, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hi Martha, I think 9-11 made us all aware of just how precious the time we have with ech other is. We live near a county airport and I hear and see small planes and some mid size jets go over our house quite often. The sound is scary depending on just how low they get. It makes me think of 9-11. I try to put my fears in God’s hands on those days and trust that He will protect us. I hate top see America get complacent again, because it could very well happen again. I think we need prayer now more than ever. Thanx, Linda

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posted April 26, 2010 at 1:49 am

Be still and know that God loves you.
I hadn’t thought about that expression for a long time. I had surgery last Thursday and my left breast was removed, several lymph nodes and my arm muscle was cut because there were so many lymph nodes.
I have been feeling angry with myself for not going in sooner for the mammograph I hate so much. They hurt. I came up to my computer because I couldn’t sleep, so I was going to listen to homilies on life.
After listening to your comments I cried, the tears ran down my face as I realized that God is in the details and even if I could go back would I? I’ve gotten to know my church family better and they took such good care of my family in the last month. I’ve learned that my children need me even though they are to old to admit it. I’ve learned that I need to ask God to help me. I need to remember that God is always with me and everyone else, just like the prayer shawl I was given when I started this part of my journey.
I’ve also learned that God has a bigger plan than anything I can think of and I just need to do what he tells me to do.
Thank you for your insights

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Lori K.

posted May 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

Be Still & know that I am God…..truly words that I needed to hear this morning. And not because I am frazzled or going through any tough times; but because I am spending this wonderful Tuesday morning, May 18th, with God. I haven’t taken this opportunity in way too long & I am so enjoying my morning with Him. And I am sharing that time with you, Martha. You are one of my angels. You help me to stay centered and to remember that anything is possible if I am willing to do the footwork and keep asking God to guide me.
I have been spending some time in the past & hanging on for dear life; wish I was thin like I used to be, wish my son was 5 years old again (he’s 17), wish I had gone to college when I was 17 (I’m back in college at 51 & graduating with my 2nd degree), I wish I knew back then what I know now. But I know that wishing my days away is so disproportionate with where my life is today. I have achieved the identity that I always knew I was capable of, but was too afraid to become. I am the woman I’ve always wanted to be. I went back to my therapist about two months ago & told her that I’m stuck and I’m not sure why or where, but I am feeling a disconnect. Well, that disconnect was within & with a bit of help & lots of encouragement, I am connected to the person I have worked so hard on becoming. My insides match my outsides & it is only because of the grace of God that I could say this today.
Thank you for all you do & who you are, Martha.

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posted June 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Thank you Martha for always saying the right words. Sometimes I feel it is meant just for me. I lost my husband 30 years ago and raised two young sons alone. Lately I have been missing him so very much. I miss what could have been, I hurt for my sons for not having the love of a father. I wanted so much to go back and have that life that was taken from us. I grew up in a family where I was told constantly I was a nobody, I have had very little support from my siblings now that my parents are gone. I have had several surgeries that have left me disabled and if it weren’t for my son I would have been alone. Even though my youngest son was in Iraq serving his country he never failed to call me, when possible he came home. My sons are the first in my life to give me unconditional love. Neither one of my siblings were or are there for me, unless they want something. There have been times in my life where I had money, of course all of them were around me then. My father took me for alot of money and never paid me back. He watched me struggle once the money was gone, one winter I went without heat. No one was there for us. I have prayed to understand why I have had to have these struggles. I have now put the negative people out of my life. Even though they are family it seems they are the ones that can hurt the worse. I am now unemployed and struggling to keep my home. I am thankfully on unemployment but it does not pay all the bills.
It seems your words are what I needed to hear. It coincides with the decisions I have made of late. I cannot be taken down daily by the people I loved the most but who seemed to hurt me the most. So you have to do what is right for you. I have to live in the present. I have to enjoy each day as it comes. I know there are many people suffering as I am right now. I look for answers as to why this is happening to so many. But in the end I have to do what I have to do.
I pray for us all, to find peace. To know what path to take. I know the God is with me, I know he speaks to me, the problem is sometimes with pain you don’t hear the words. I have had messages spoken through many outlets and have to believe he is there and to follow the path he has chosen for me.
I find that when I need the words I hear the message through you. So thank you Martha, your words have been helpful. You are truly one of God’s angels.

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