When I started attending church at Merced New Life, a friendship began to develop between myself and a mature and faithful saint.  As I continued on my journey towards Christ, this person was always encouraging me and teaching me about the ways of God.  In addition, this God-fearing individual was continually telling me that I was intelligent, capable and a great example for others.  At first, the accolades were difficult to accept.  I thought that maybe I really had this person fooled, but as time passed, I started acting on the words of this saint.  Little by little these words became a self-fulfilling prophesy as my conduct, habits, and life began to change for the better.  I started doing the work that was required to develop my skillsets in relation to communication, interpersonal relationships, and leadership.

This saint has helped me to believe in myself and the abilities that God had already given me.  Sometimes, all it takes is one person to believe in you and encourage you.  With the support of others, we can overcome any obstacle and even move mountains.

As we begin this 2018 Prayer and Fasting Journey, please take the time to encourage someone in their pursuit of holiness, seperation, development and growth.  You will be blessed by it.

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Philippians 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.