Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
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  1. I would to say thank you to my online friend, that I found right here at (in)courage, Joanne, who has modeled all these virtues to me. To me, she is the embodiment of Christ and her life arrow is always pointing the way to God. Thank you sweet friend, and to others here at (in)courage who reach out with compassion in their comments. Good stuff!

    • Bev,

      This just makes me cry. This is so kind of you, I was just thinking of how impatient I can get, and how much I need to change more to be who my boys need, and my husband needs. This is such deep down touching encouragement for me. Love you my sweet, sweet friend. You also have been this kind of a friend to me. So very much needed. You give my heart a lift when I need one by remembering me.


  2. I have some friends at work who encourage me. When it feels like a bad day and they know what to say to make it a little better.
    I would like to thank Kathy, pastor’s wife. She exemplifies all these qualities and is always willing to be there for people. She is always point others to Christ. Good role model!

  3. When my husband, daughter and I moved in our neighborhood nearly 40 years ago our neighbors, Marj & Bill, adopted us into their family almost immediately. Since we had no family in the area we were thrilled that over the years they became parents to us and grandparents to our children. This couple, both Nurses, spent their entire lives helping others. They have given us so much kindness, compassion and love. They are always humble and generous with everyone they meet. They are gentle and patient beyond belief. God had truly blessed us by giving us “Granny & Paw Paw”.

  4. I am honored to have a husband who honors me, values me, unconditionally loves me, respects me and listens to me. He lives by this scripture not only to me but to those around him. I see Jesus in his eyes … He harbors no anger against and I have not been the easiest. He opens his arms to me in my times of pain … There’s nothing more then to be one accord with your spouse by the bond of the Holy Spirit.

  5. Denise, thank you so very much for giving word pictures of actions that express each word. Love is a “doing” thing.

  6. I recently had an accident that brought pain and a broken nose. My dear husband has been so kind in doing little things that keep our home running smoothly. In addition, I received the love from my neighbors next door as they called daily to see if I needed anything even sending a lovely African violet to cheer my kitchen. I am still bruised but blessed by those who ministered to my needs.

  7. Such good reminders that love is a very active thing. I often wish I modeled these qualities better in my life, but I’m thankful for the examples I have among my friends and family. I especially think of my cousin who is one of the most unassuming, approachable people I’ve ever known. She has a gift for making everyone feel welcome and loved in her presence.

  8. In addition to Bev, I have two friends, two stood by me when I had such heartache with my daughter 7 years ago. They taught me with Jesus even when my world was changed forever, and falling apart I would thrive and did this with these characteristics. They also still speak into my life in big ways and exemplify Jesus. I am grateful, and blessed for all these amazing Godly women.

  9. My mother is the most emotionally generous person I know! You need her she is available no matter what challenges she may be facing ( which believe me is always a lot) and she has such a heart for God.. I have a lot to learn from her grace.