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June 25, 2019, 2:29 PM

June 26, 2019


“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.”  1 Samuel 23:16 (NASB)

 

Are you an encourager? We all need friends who are encouragers. David had a friend like that in Jonathan. Even though Saul, Jonathan’s father, was pursuing David to kill him, Jonathan remained close to David encouraging him and warning him of Saul’s plans. you the one who encourages co-workers, neighbors and family through difficult circumstances? As we look around us, we are surrounded by so many people who are discouraged, hurting and depressed. It may be because of a lost job, other financial problems or a situation within the family. As we see the many circumstances around us, we are reminded that God has a purpose for each of us. He has called us to share Jesus with those around us, to be an example of Christ to the world, and to encourage those around us who are experiencing difficult times. As God’s people, are we seizing the opportunities available to us each day to encourage others?

You know, far too often, we find ourselves complaining about the very opportunities we have been asking God to provide. We have a tendency to get impatient far too easily and often. Do you enjoy waiting in line? I hate it! However, God is teaching me that waiting in line has the potential to be a blessing. How? Well, those times we are waiting in line is the perfect opportunity to share with someone else and be an encouragement to them. They might just need to hear a positive word from someone at that particular moment. There are other reasons we may be waiting in line. Do we ever stop to think how God may be protecting us from harm down the road? The few minutes of waiting may protect us from an automobile accident or any number of other problems. Isn’t it amazing how God works in every circumstance to protect us and use us to be an encourager to someone else all at the same time?

As you wake up each morning this week, ask God to allow you to be an encourager to someone in need. Pray specifically for opportunities, even while waiting in line, to share God’s love and purpose.

Regardless of what many would say, God is still working in the lives of those who want to be used by Him. May God’s blessings be yours in abundance this week as we all strive to be encouragers in a lost, dark and depressing world. Just a reminder, there will not be a newsletter next week. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and very safe Fourth of July!

 

We love and appreciate each of you!

                                                                                                     Brad and Virginia


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