My turn: Journal delivers encouragement

This may sound strange but I have recently discovered how much fun it is to encourage others, whether you know them or not. It may not quite fall into the category of entertainment but it’s always fun nonetheless. The mother of a friend of mine who lives out of town was recently battling cancer and [...]

Berry: Words of encouragement nice to hear

I think every sport or activity should have a cheerleader. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and she helps to keep her teams motivated. She claps in cadence and chants words of encouragement, when the team needs it most. I am not really sure what a cheerleader would say to a distance runner. “Pick up the [...]

There’s always joy to be found

To be happy we must keep our joy. Whatever happens in this life, we can still find something good. We have more blessings than problems, and we can be thankful for that. The book of James begins with a strong encouragement for Christians everywhere: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then [...]

Don’t underestimate power of encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My students loved for me to tell this story: “A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they [...]

Pastors are our national treasures

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. October is Clergy Appreciation Month and is observed by affirmation and encouragement for our pastors. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God. Ministers and their families live in a world that never stops. Their workload is large and tedious. Many [...]

Blessings can come from encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My day had not gone well. Everything that could go wrong seemed to do just that. The children had trouble grasping the regrouping process in math. Several students had been absent and needed my attention for make up work. Others worked on projects while I sorted out supplies required for [...]