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.

 

 

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Friday Favorites


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I thought, today, we would have a little fun. It is Friday after all.

Today I would like us to take some time to share our favorites. It can be your favorite Scripture, your favorite Christian song, or your favorite uplifting or encouraging quote. You choose.

All I ask is that you keep it clean and remember that we are here to glorify God. So be considerate when you share your comments.

I really do enjoy hearing from my readers. I know I do most of the talking, but today I would like to listen. Yes, for those of you who know me well, I really can listen without talking 😉

So, I will start us off…

1. My favorite Scripture of all times is Jeremiah 29:11:

Credit: crosswalk.com

Credit: crosswalk.com

This verse brings me great hope every time I read it. How awesome is the God we serve? He thinks of us, and makes great plans for each of us.

2. My favorite Christian song right now is Mandisa- Good Morning.

How fun is this song? I love to go in my children’s room in the morning and crank up this song. It just makes for a “Good Morning!”

3. I like a lot of different quotes, but this one is fun, so I wanted to share it with you today:

I do not own the rights to this picture

I do not own the rights to this picture

I hope these favorites of mine have brought a smile to your face and encouragement to your heart. I pray that you will have a great Friday in the Lord.

Now it is your turn. Please take a moment and share some of your favorites here so we can all enjoy them. Please remember that we are here to glorify God, so please post cautiously.

God bless you today!

Encouraging the Encouragers


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“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:11

Good morning my fellow bloggers!

Sssshhhhhh, do not tell anyone, but today, this blog is just for you. ( We will be nice though, and share it with everyone else.)

Do you ever get tired?

Do you ever run out of things to say?

Do you sit down to write and all you hear are the chirping crickets?

Surely I am not the only one who has ever had this happen.

Today I want to take a minute and encourage those who spend their time encouraging others.

First, let me just say, “Great job!” I sit down from time to time and look through some of the blogs that you have posted and I am amazed at the work that I see God doing. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a great group of fellow believers.

Next, I just wanted to take a quick minute and offer some encouragement to you, the writer of this great material. I know how hard it can be when life gets crazy, or when unexpected things happen, to find the inspiration to write. We have to remember that we are not in this alone. If you are a Christian and you feel that you have been called by God to share His word, then you have His blessing. God will give you the words to say, even when you feel like you have nothing left to give.

Remember, you have no idea who will read what you post from day to day, and you have no idea how God will take that and use it for His honor and glory. There will be people who read what God gives to you, and will say to themselves, “That was just for me.” God is amazing in that way.

I pray that we will all remain faithful to our callings. I pray that we remember why we started writing in the first place, whether it be to inform,  to encourage, or to inspire.

In closing, let me just say kudos to each and every one of you who work every day to share the word of God with the world around us. I look forward to what the future holds for each of us, and I look forward to sharing many more memories with you in the future.

God bless each and every one of you this morning.

In Christ,

Valarie

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?”