Frankly Speaking- “Idea from a Prayer”


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And they said to one another,
“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road,
and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
Luke 24:32

I must admit that I get ideas from the most unusual places. These thoughts today came from another man’s prayer! At a men’s prayer time for our church, one of the men, Dr. Byron “Dad” Tippey, a retired college professor, made reference to the two men on the road to Emmaus. During his prayer he mentioned what they did and did not have as they were returning to Emmaus. When I got home, I tried to put down some of what he said. It goes something like this:

What did they have?
1. Doubts—was He the promised Messiah or not?
2. Disappointments—He died! How could this have happened?
3. Despair—they were leaving for another place. The Kingdom of
Heaven didn’t come!
4. Discouragement—they had worked so hard for and with Him.
They had failed.
5. Dejection (i.e.—downcast)— What’s the use of going on?
6. Depression—they were running away. Their ‘old’ life was
better!

Then Jesus shows up and starts walking with them. Believe it or not, they almost missed Him! Here’s what they almost missed:
1. His Presence—He was there but they didn’t see Him!
2. His Promises—His Word holds truth and life and light!
Regardless of the circumstances!
3. His Purpose—to be the salvation for ALL men as it was written
in the Scriptures.
4. His Power—the scars in His hands revealed He indeed had
come back!
5. His Prayer—we don’t know what He prayed but it opened their
eyes!

“Dad” Tippey that day finished his prayer by saying, “they almost missed the BLESSING of Him being there!” WOW! Powerful thoughts, huh?

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment, but let me encourage you to think through the 6 D’s above and add your own situation.

Then lay hold of and don’t ever let go of the 5 P’s! HE IS ALIVE! And He is still here! (Via His Holy Spirit!)

Oh, there’s one more thing. When those two disciples from Emmaus realized it was Jesus who was with them, they returned to Jerusalem to tell the others. There’s a principle here for you: when you see Jesus in your situation and how He has helped you and prayed for you, then return, meaning—tell others, what He has done for you!

Blessings!

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New Things to Come in a New Year


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Iron sharpens iron;
so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

Friends and mentors are such a blessing!

Have you ever met someone who made an impact on your life?

Do you have anyone in your life who has influenced you over the years?

One of the many blessings I received as a missionary kid was to travel and meet new people. Our family not only served on the Navajo Indian reservation for many years, but we also visited churches throughout the United States raising support for our missionary work. At other times our family would have to travel in order for my parents to attend meetings and classes as part of their missionary work. I met many people along the way of whom I have fond memories. Each state visited would bring about new experiences. Some of my favorite childhood stories come from our time on the road.

An unforeseen blessing of meeting so many new people was the chance to build lasting friendships. Often times we would meet people, spend a weekend in their home as we visited their church, and then move along to the next meeting. However, there were times when we would meet new people who would have such an impact on our lives that they almost became like family to us. Some of these people we have been blessed to stay in contact with over the years, even after leaving the mission field.

Today I want to introduce you to a man named Frank Martin. When my brother and I met him and his wife we were small children. They were introduced to us as Uncle Frank and Aunt Sharon. The honorary titles stuck and have carried on into our adulthood. Uncle Frank and Aunt Sharon have been great influences in our lives as missionaries and still are today. We were blessed to get to stay in contact with them after leaving the mission field. That blessing continues on today as we are able to keep in touch with them all these years later.MartinPhoto.jpg

I have asked Uncle Frank to join me on Encouragement for Every Day to share some of the wisdom God has given him over the years. As he began to share on social media the messages God gave to him, he titled them Frankly Speaking. I thought it fitting to keep the name as he shares here with us.

I am in the process of adding Uncle Frank’s biography to EFED’s page so you will be able to learn more about him and Aunt Sharon. I pray you will come back and visit with us as I begin to share Frankly Speaking with you. I look forward to all the blessings God has in store for us as we share in God’s word together and continue to sharpen each other.

I want to encourage you to be that friend that today’s Scripture talks about. Be the friend that adds to the lives of those around you. I believe that one of the greatest blessings we are ever given is the gift of Godly friends.

 

 

Motivational Monday: Being a Friend


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“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone,

two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Hello friend, how are you?

Is there something I can help you pray about today?

Do you need to talk?

Do you have a burden I can help you bear?

I am here if you need me.

I am praying for you.

All of these are things that I would say to a friend, yet as I read them back I have to stop and ask myself if I say them often enough. So many times I get lost in my own little world and I forget to be a friend.

I was working alongside a friend this weekend, and she made the comment that what we were doing was good for her. Lost in my own thoughts I responded, “Me too, I needed to get out and work some,” not ever catching the true meaning of her statement. She was struggling, bogged down by some troubles in her life. What she meant was that she needed that time to refresh her spirit and her mind. Lost in my own little world, I was thinking about needing the physical labor to work my body, and I missed that opportunity to minister to a friend in need. At that moment I realized that I had not been a very good friend to someone so dear to my heart. I had gotten so lost in my own life that I had failed to take even a moment and see how she was doing.

So many times we get so lost in our own little world, in our own mind, and in our own problems that we forget to look around us and see who may be needing a friend. Sometimes all they need is a smile and a pat on the back. Sometimes they may need a hug and to hear you say, “I am praying for you.” Sometimes they just need someone who cares, someone who will listen to them for a moment.

Yesterday I had a chance to sit and visit with my mom. As we sat and watched the kids play, she looked at me and said, “How are you?”

It seems like such a small question, but what she really meant was :

I care about you.

I am here if you need me.

I am praying for you.

I care about what you are going through.

You see, when we take the time to be a friend we open up many doors. We can open up the door of hope, encouragement, ministry, and even healing.

I encourage you to take the time to be a friend. Look up from  your own troubles and see the needs of those around you. Let the ones you love know that you do care about what they are going through. Sometimes all they need is for you to ask, “How are you, friend?”

I want to be a friend to you today. I want you to know that I care about what you are going though.

I pray today that those who read this will be encouraged. Whatever trouble you are facing today, God is there. If there is uncertainty in your life, God already has the answer. If you are facing what seems like an impossible situation, God wants to turn it into a “Him-possible” situation.

Can I pray for you today? If there is a need in your life today I would love to pray about it with you. You can leave a comment here, or if it is something you can not voice aloud please just post it as unspoken. God knows what the need is even if I do not.

In closing, let me ask you today, “How are you, friend?”