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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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