Category Archives: Spiritual Encouragement

Death Valley Gold Mine

This picture illustrates a divine truth found in Chapter 14 of my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT.

The painting is word picture about Death Valley, which is my lead-in to the chapter about hidden treasure in the Cross. Like undiscovered gold, ‘life” can be found in the most unexpected places. We normally associate Death Valley with death and loss. We often do the same with Calvary, but there are living treasures to be discovered there. Life is one of them. Aspects of life are hidden in the barrenness of Death Valley. Something similar can be said for the Cross.

As for the painting, my second, I’m learning how to blend warm and cool colors to create depth. Notice the shovel stuck into the ground, next to the pick. And no, those are not watermelons, they’re barrel cactus.

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Sunday Devotionals

Every Sunday, which started in March and ends in May, my devotionals are featured in God’s Word For Today. I am the guest pastor for the 2018 spring quarter.


To read online each Sunday, click on the above cover.

Or visit devotionals at God’s Word for Today


May you find inspiration and encouragement,
Charles Earl Harrel

WHEN GOD CALLS AN AUDIBLE

Now, this is really good. Worth your time to read. And it’s not long. Thank you Beth.

Beth L. Olson

Do you know what I mean when I say that sometimes God calls an audible? For those who aren’t into sports, let me explain.

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The kind of audible that I’m talking about is the kind that happens in American football. It’s a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage. This means that the coach and players have laid out a clear plan for their play, but at the last moment, the quarterback switches it up.

When an audible is called, it would be detrimental to the outcome of the game not to go along with the change. If the players aren’t willing to be flexible, things get messy really fast.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Mexico and Guatemala. Life was one big adventure, and we never really knew what was going to happen next. We would set out in a…

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WHEN YOUR FUTURE IS FOGGY

“If you are in a foggy spot on the journey, don’t give up. Keep pressing in and moving forward. That’s what faith is all about.” —Beth Olson.

Another great post by Beth. It’s short, helpful, and encouraging. Have you checked out her book yet?

Beth L. Olson

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THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A JOURNEY along a narrow road. While the road is straight, a lot of the time it’s hard to see very far ahead. We get glimpses and impressions of what lies ahead, but in order to discover what’s really there, we have to keep moving forward.

I regularly hit patches where I realize that everything I’ve been doing up until that point, has simply been preparation for what’s ahead. All of the digging in to learn new things and the relational stretching isn’t really about those things in themselves, it’s about where God is taking you on the journey.

It’s like this: You walk along in faith, doing the next right thing you know to do, then all of a sudden you get a moment of clarity. The mist lifts, and you get a little glimpse into what God is up to.

God’s purposes for…

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When It Rains It Pours

Yamina’s post hits the mark. “Whatever curveball life has thrown you recently, find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that God has not left you to do it alone.”

Read more of this encouraging post at FaithLoveSoul.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

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Pouring down rain is what’s been going on around me lately.  I don’t mean it literally of course.  The winters here in Florida are picture perfect.  Cooler breeze blowing all day and the sun peeking out just enough to warm my soul.

But to say this past week has been rough would be an understatement. So, with everything that has taken place, the famous expression, “when it rains, it pours,” came to mind. Not only was I scheduled for a medical procedure and was super busy getting ready for that, but just as I was preparing, I was stopped in my tracks by none other than the flu.  NO joke!

Now I’m aware that perhaps you might be thinking . . . first world problems, and maybe so.  But to give you some background knowledge, this all came on the heels of several other difficult trials we’ve endured the…

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Word Becoming Flesh in the Life of a Writer

Another enlightening and encouraging post by Lynne Hartke in WordServe Water Cooler. Thank you, Lynne.

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 “The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us….” John 1:14. (NIV)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scrutiny and censure, not only in the public eye, but also–initially–with Joseph, whose opinion she must have valued.

“Don’t be afraid,” the angel told her, which was saying, in essence, “You are about to be shunned and ostracized in your hometown because you are going to get pregnant with God’s son and although you have never been touched by any man, nobody is going to believe your story and they are going to whisper and point at you when you walk by and call you harlot and whore and turn their backs when you enter a room.”

Sometimes the hardest part of being a Word carrier is believing the…

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When It’s Time To Push

Much wisdom in this post by Beth. Sometimes, the biggest breakthroughs come when we keep pushing.

Beth L. Olson

Recently I had a few days where I felt like I was pushing against a brick wall. I had all of these things in my heart to accomplish, and had been working towards them with diligence for many months, when I came to a spot where I smacked into what felt like strong resistance.

As I was driving down the road thinking things through, I passed a middle school football field. That was the moment when I was able to put my jumbled up, frustrated feelings into words. I felt like I had been pushing against one of those blocking sleds they use in football practice.

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Having that picture in my head brought me relief and peace. I realized that I was actually in a good spot. Sometimes to get something off the ground you have to push. Pushing is hard, painful work. The fact that it is time to…

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