Welcome to Daily Encouragement!

Hi, I’m Charlene Notgrass. I was born a long time before you, way back in 1953. I loved homeschooling — once I learned how to make homeschooling who our family was instead of something I carried around like a big, heavy burden every day. From the lessons God has taught me, I offer you daily encouragement.

Read more about my journey.

“I Was Close to Her”

I was excited to receive a baby shower invitation recently for a young man, whom I have known for several years, and his wife, whom I have just begun getting to know since their marriage in 2021. I’ll call the…

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Mothers and Daughters

In 1900 artist Henry Wolf created this image, titled Mother and Daughter. In June 1940, this mother and daughter worked together in the kitchen of a café in Pie Town, New Mexico. The mother was helping her daughter and her…

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Making Others Feel Useful

Mamas with babies, toddlers, young children, and teens can hardly imagine a time when they won’t be busy, busy, busy. God gives a blessing in the midst of all that busyness: those mamas feel useful. Deep down we all want…

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One Safe Place

I was three years old in 1957, when nine brave African American children volunteered to be the first African Americans to attend Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. They were Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma…

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