Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet and Greet

While standing in the check-out line at JC Penney’s, I heard a voice repeatedly calling out my name.  Looking all around I tried to locate the echo through the crowd.   

Target identified … it was a pastor’s wife that we haven’t seen in about three or four years.  Finishing my business at the counter I stepped aside as Nina approached me with delight radiating from her face.  

As we talked Nina explained that she didn’t know why she came into Penney’s that day, but felt drawn there by God.  I could think of a few reasons to go shopping that certainly wouldn’t include “being drawn there by God, however, my conscience would feel a whole lot better if I could say “God sent me to bargain hunt!” 

The conversation began to deepen when Nina explained that she didn’t need anything, but before coming inside the store asked the Lord why he had brought her there.  Right then a flag went up in my thinking … a lady, at a department store and she didn’t need anything?  Is she for real? 

Upon seeing me Nina conveyed she immediately knew the reason for God sending her to the store, and that was to get in touch with my wife again.  That’s right, this is me … hubby.   Ending a sentence with the word “again” should have given it away; Fay would never have done that! 
 
Right here should be the part she welcomes all of you ...

A Greater Force 

My next stop was Walmart.  I was in a bit of a hurry to get home since it was our wedding anniversary, plus I had some frozen items in my cart.   Okay, let me be honest since Fay’s blog is always about transparency (something that goes against the very fiber of a man). 
 
I was on a mission to pick up a cheesecake my wife ordered especially for our anniversary. (How ironic, because this will be posted on National Cheesecake Day, which isn’t our anniversary but we like to celebrate it anyway. Sorry, I’ve taken a rabbit trail as my wife likes to say.) 

“Check the balance” resounded through my brain reminding me to visit the bank inside the store before starting to shop.  Of course being a man I forgot to do it until I had already finished shopping, but in my defense although my timing was off I did do it.  Walking over to the ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Don and Essie greeted me as they were departing the store. 

We spoke for a few minutes and talked about getting together soon but would leave the details up to Fay.  Standing behind my friends I noticed a lady waving to me from the customer service line as if she was trying to flag down a taxi.  Now what?  

What was this … “national get me in trouble with my wife day" because I’m running so late? Don’t they realize I have a greater force to deal with if I don’t get home a.s.a.p.?  Plus, there’s the cheesecake to consider, come on now what else could be more important? 

Good News in Waiting

It was the groomer from the vet clinic calling out from the slow moving customer service line she was waiting in to return something.  “Don’t leave. I need to talk to you!”   

Recognizing that I was being summoned Don and Essie left and I walked over to see what the woman in the customer service area wanted.  When Alise (the groomer) was finished she shared the good news about two rescue kitties that she had adopted from us in December 2016.  It was a favored report and well worth the wait to hear. 

Value of Relationships 

Now I really had to get going, so  I hurried to the self-check-out line.  Thank you Lord … no waiting, this should be quick. 
 
Scanning the items I hear a familiar voice calling out from behind me.  With his long drawn out country boy accent I heard: 

“Heyyyyyy, you ain’t got nearly enough in that there cart”. 

It was Ray-Ray ... molasses on two feet!  He is one of the nicest people you ever want to meet, but takes forever and a day to pour out the details of a story.  He always goes out of his way to say hello, and I never want to devalue our relationship by not spending a few moments with him.   

Initiation of Friendships 

Thinking back on the encounters of that day I thought about how these relationships had developed over the years.  What caused them to turn from acquaintances into actual friendships?  It was the prayers and interaction of my wife who initiated the majority of them. 

I can’t tell you how most of our adult friendships began, but do know that Fay had something to do with it.  Whether it started with telling someone she liked their hair or shirt, to saying “excuse me” in the aisle of a store, “Favored1” isn’t shy about meeting and greeting. 
 
To her, she’s never met a stranger and everyone that comes into her life becomes a friend of sorts.  I'm living proof of that, she initiated our first conversation back in 9th grade of high school.  In my grief she offered words of comfort.

Growing up in a large household as my wife did, left each child fending for their own relationships outside of the immediate family.  Being an only child it’s something that I never encountered until I met her.  She was never the center of attention, and I always was (and still am … with her). 

Wanting to make friends or even talk to people is work, and frankly I didn’t want to invest that kind of time with anyone else but her.  For a Christian, this is about the most ungodly act we can do.  Jesus is all about bringing people into the fold, not keeping them at arms-length.  

Favored Comments 

Relationships are important to Fay, making good ones, leaving bad ones behind and knowing when to let them grow in their own course of time.  Then there are those special ones she cherishes or cultivates like the ones here on Daily Favor. 

Over the past five years I’ve watched some of her relationships take a nose dive, while others have blossomed into the most loving friendships.  No matter what is going on in our lives, you beloved friends have been there and we thank God mentioning you in prayer. 

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  
Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 
for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
(Philippians 1:3-5 NLT) 

 
We have gained strength from your prayers, comments and good wishes during my hospital stays and recovery.  When discouraged, you were there through prayer and leaving words of encouragement.   
Whether it was through comments on blogs, social media or emails, your words often lift us up in hope, reminding us that God is in all of this and that you have favored us with your precious time. 

Many of your comments reflected something you received in your heart from the post, while others reach us on a more intimate level.  The thing here is that we appreciate all of them, as do so many others that visit over the course of the year. 

You Are Highly Favored 

When my wife began Daily Favor I couldn’t imagine what would compel her to write on a topic week after week, let alone year after year.  I mean, how much is there to say about one thing right? 

However as it unfolded I began to understand that being favored by God is more than just a few words or a concept. It’s something we can take hold of that touches every aspect of a believer’s life through salvation. 

“Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people.
Oh, visit me with Your salvation.” (Psalm 106:4 NKJV) 

In scripture the Apostle Paul learned the value of relationships throughout the course of his ministry.  He didn’t have a problem pointing out the ones that failed exposing the flaw in others, which I somehow doubt God looked favorably on when he did that. 

Then again, Paul was quick to tell us to extend favor to those who have helped him through the years whether it was in housing, food, material gifts and letters of encouragement or in prayer.  He highly favored his friendship and relationship with the church, and presented the Saints before the Lord in gratitude through prayer. (Philippians 4)  

It’s true, the Lord inspires my wife in her writing, but it’s a heart for souls that keeps her going and enthused about sharing the gift of God’s favor with anyone who is willing to receive it.  Your unfailing love, support and extreme patience are food for her soul to walk out the call of God on her life with joy. 

I can attest that when mamma’s happy, pappa’s happy, and as Ray-Ray would say, “Ain’t no getting around that! 

Receiving Daily Favor 

What I’ve learned and take away each week from reading Daily Favor is that even though I don’t always receive the fullness of the favor of God, there is hope that I can.  God isn’t holding anything back from me, but is waiting with arms wide open for me to get my act together so I can enjoy the abundant life that Jesus died to give me. 

Favor is something that I come to expect from the promises of God, not because I deserve any of it but because of His unconditional love.  More than ever I can see God’s favor in my life on the little things, not just the obvious. 

Fay expects God to be faithful in answering prayer and blessing her because of who she is in Christ – favored!  Being her husband I share in her receiving favor daily and extend it to others more than ever, because I think differently about why we receive it in the first place. 

The weekly challenges are exhausting. They tug on my heart, cause me change when I don’t want to, and even more … they force me to think when my mind wants to stay in null mode.  I still can’t get past the “Making Favored Decisions” one! 

Over and over I see my wife receive favor when no one else does in certain situations.   When I ask her about it she reminds me that she “asked” and received.  God grants her requests because she continually seeks His face, not His hand(outs) so that she can bless someone else.  The purpose of receiving Daily Favor isn’t for keeping, but for giving. 

Meet and Greet 

This week I have had the pleasure of sharing a few things from my heart concerning the time and love Fay puts into Daily Favor as she uplifts you in prayer.  You mean more to us than just a few snippets on a post here and there. 

Although we haven’t had the pleasure of a meet and greet yet, Fay and I look forward to when that will change whether it is here on Earth or in our Holy reunion in Heaven with Jesus.  If you aren't sure about salvation you can change that by reading "Tell Me."
 
So for now, it is my sincere desire that you join us as we venture into God’s favor in relationships for our next series.  By the way, don’t think we’ll get out of doing the challenges.  Have you even known an instructor not to give homework?  Try living with one!
 
Little side note here ... saying a few extra prayers wouldn’t hurt since she’s asked me to co-pilot this part of the journey, which she’ll no doubt edit and change anyway to make it interesting.

Thank you for journeying with us through the years, and I pray that God will continue to extend His gracious favor to each of you for your faithfulness.
 
Happy 5th Anniversary Daily Favor, and congratulations Sweetheart.  May God continue to anoint your work as we learn to walk in the blessings of His Daily Favor!
 
If this article has encouraged or helped you, please consider sharing it by using the social media icons provided at the end of this post. 

Until next time, the grace (favor) of the Lord our God be with you all. 

P.S. I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I miss the challenge globe, don't you?
 
Reference: Philippians 4:23 NKJV 

*Unless noted, the names in articles are changed to protect the individual(s) privacy. 
Note: Emphasis is given in some scriptures to show clarity or understanding and is not to take away from the inspirited Word of God. 

When used, the words satan or devil are not capitalized deliberately, because we give him no place in our lives. 

Disclaimer: Article information is not meant to be used as treatment for mental or physical issues, but geared toward spiritual awareness. 

Follow Favored1 on Facebook, TwitterYou Tube, Pinterest and Hub Pages Articles 

Maybe you don’t know the Living God that I know, but would like to have this kind of favor in your life also.  Click on the above tab “Tell Me” for more information on becoming a child of the Savior. 

Content and Image Copyright from Favored1. Do not copy. 

Disclaimer Notes: Results may vary due to lack of belief.
Scripture references provided by Gateway Bible in the New King James Bible Version or as noted. 

Image credit: Google Images Creative Common License if not specified.
Image:  JC Penney  National Cheesecake Day  Value  Comments Psalm 106:4 Highly Favored  Jesus and Heaven  5th Anniversary

Meet and Greet, Daily Favor Relationships, Daily Favor Blog, Favored1, Christian Living, Weekly Challenge, Inspiration, Anniversary, National Cheesecake Day, Friendship, Hubby Update, God's Love, Salvation

Friday, July 14, 2017

Earning My Wings

It was a trip that we anticipated for some time and the day had finally arrived for us to leave.  We were flying out of Philadelphia with a stopover in Dallas, then on to Honolulu, Hawaii our dream vacation.  All total we’d be on the plane for twelve long hours. 

Once on the plane in the First Class section we were directed to our seats, with hubby on the aisle and me next to the window.  After we reached cruising altitude, the flight attendant handed us our ice tea and we stretched out comfortably in those roomy seats.   

We were having a little chit chat when we noticed an arm coming over the top of the seat tapping hubby on his left shoulder.  A man’s voice from behind us muttered, “Excuse me, may I ask a favor?”   

Looking back to see who it was Hubby said, “Sure how can I help you?” 

“Hi, I’m Don Moen and I was wondering since we are going to be up here for a while, would you mind listening to a new song that I have been working on and help me work out a few kinks?” 

Wouldn’t That Be Great?

Wow, getting to hear Mr. Worship Leader one-on-one. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if that really happened? 
 
It didn’t, read on…   

The flight to Dallas was on a plane that once seated felt like we were sardines stuffed in a mini-can.  I sat next to the window, hubby positioned himself the best he could squished in the middle, with another man seated in the aisle seat.  

My broad shouldered husband tried not to squirm by folding his hands uncomfortably in his lap like a second grader that had been scolded by his teacher.  His goal was not to encroach on the other chap and that almost worked. 

As we were served breakfast decorum flew out the window.  The third party in this newly formed relationship suddenly became an octopus with his lengthy arms waving around the place. Hubby’s cheeks were filling up like a blowfish and his eyes led me to believe that he was counting the minutes until he could dislodge himself from his “neighbor.” 

Once we landed at Dallas Fort Worth airport, we scrambled to make our connecting flight in less than thirty minutes.  The flight was leaving from the last loading platform for that particular airline located at the far end of the terminal.   We had to “boogie” but thankfully made it with about five minutes to spare.   

Things to Do on an Airplane 

Inside the aircraft it was bright and spacious with all the “sardines” packed in some other plane. The flight attendant pointed to our seats (middle and window seats for real) but stated that the aisle seat would be empty so we were to “feel free to stretch out and use all three seats”.  It was then that hubby jumped to his feet singing the Hallelujah Chorus!  Not really, I just wanted to see if you were still reading, but he did move to the aisle seat. 

It was upward and onward jetting to Honolulu with gorgeous sights to behold.  Anyway, we were ecstatic with the breathing room for this nine hour leg of our journey. 

So what do you do for nine hours on an airplane? 
 
I’ve compiled a short list: 

1.  Look out your window.

2.  Eat peanuts, drink soda.

3.  Watch an in-flight movie.

4.  Read.

5.  Watch someone else read.

6.  Eat a meal … (doubled as a game of “name that item”).

7.  Go to the bathroom … lots of times.

8.  Look out someone else’s window (Yep, more clouds).

9.  Eat more peanuts.

10. Finally try to doze off without being a bobble head. 

Hubby wasn’t really successful with the last one.  On the other hand, I was prepped for action having taken Dramamine for motion sickness while in Dallas.  It wouldn’t be long before it kicked in making me drowsy. 

While I Was Sleeping 

Raising the arm rests I moved to the middle seat. Positioning the airline pillow on hubby’s leg, I laid on my side with tucked feet under me stretching across the seat next to the window.  Covering up with a blanket I went out like a light. 

Wide-eyed hubby nudged me, “Honey, honey, we’re about to land.  You have to get ready.”  

Still groggy I sat up in the seat and saw my husband wearing a silly grin and smiling.  While I was sleeping the flight attendant pinned a set of plastic wings from the airline on my blouse. 
 
Evidently she thought that I was a young girl and gave me wings as part of a “good behavior” gift pack, which included mini playing cards.   The stinker went on letting her think that the entire trip.  

Around the World Tour 

It had been a long time since I thought of that story, but it came to mind when I started compiling the information I’ve gathered here on Daily Favor.  The total mileage from that particular trip was 5,086 miles (from Philadelphia to Dallas to Honolulu) and took a little over twelve hours to complete. 

I’ve been able to take a much longer voyage than the flight to Hawaii.  This was an around the world tour that didn’t come with airplane “wings”.  

No, not in eighty days like the book depicts, but it has taken five years to trek virtually around the world across the internet with you by my side. 

At the equator the earth is 24,874 miles, but I’d have to circle the globe many times to actually visit the thousands of cities of the people who have faithfully followed this blog. 
 
It would take a lifetime to fulfill that task.  This is one of the reasons why I acknowledge those who visit faithfully or are new to DFB each time I post.  

Because of You 

I cannot express how truly grateful I am for your love, support, faithfulness and prayers over the years.  With that I’d like to applaud and commend you for sharing Daily Favor to your friends and in reality, the world. 

Jesus commanded believers to “go, tell and share” the gospel (good news) of salvation and the benefits that accompany it.  Daily Favor Blog is foundational seed that is supplied through God using the internet. Every time you share this on social media or tell someone about the message of this blog, you unashamedly openly publish the good news and fulfill the command of God.  

“And He (Jesus) said to them, Go into all the world and preach
and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature
(of the whole human race). (Mark 16:15 AMPC) 

It’s because of you that nation upon nation logs on each week to read what the Lord is doing for His children.  Obedience like that gets the attention of God and He looks favorably on those who willingly follow His plan.  It shows that we want a relationship with the Master and desire for others to learn of His abiding love, unending grace and unmerited favor. 

I smiled a lot because of you.  Take a look …
 
This happened because of your gracious heart!  Thank you!
 

Top Ten Visiting Countries
In order from most to least visits over the past 5 years.
 

United States

Russia

France

Germany

Ukraine

United Kingdom

India

Canada

Philippines

Turkey

This is the actual visitation list of countries/areas over 5 years.   

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan  

Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belgrade
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burundi  

Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Caribbean Netherlands
Cayman Islands
Czech Republic
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Cuba
Curacao
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic/Czechia 

Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
DR Congo  

Ecuador 
Egypt
El Salvador
England
Estonia
Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea 

Fiji
Finland
France 

Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana 

Haiti
Honduras
Hungary 

Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Ireland 
Italy  

Jamaica
Japan
Jordan  

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait 

Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Lithuania 

Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Montenegro
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar  

Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
North Korea
Oman 

Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico 

Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda 

Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Samoa
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Scotland
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Spain
State of Palestine
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria  

Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos 

Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uzbekistan 

Wales
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen    

Zambia
Zimbabwe  

There are currently 195 countries listed (Taiwan is not listed as an actual country) and we’ve reached a great deal of them. However, our work isn’t complete.   

You can help us reach even more people by letting others know about what’s going on here at Daily Favor.  Relay the news that Lord willing, we’re about to start a new series on relationships soon.  Invite them along for the journey to God’s favor. 

I’m almost positive these countries/places haven’t visited, but if I’m wrong please let me know. 

Andorra
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Comoro
Cabo Verde
Chad
Eritrea
Guinea-Bissau
Holy See (*Note below)
Kiribati
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Micronesia
Nauru
Palau
Sao Tome and Principe
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Suriname
Tajikistan
Togo
Turkmenistan (take this off; they visited this week)
Tuvalu
Vanuatu  

Note: Holy Chair referred to as the See of Rome, a jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome.

So each week when you see this at the beginning of each post:  

Welcome new friends this week from:
See if your city/state/country made the list. 

New on DFB – Is this you? 

USA Or is this where you live?
… please know that with all my heart you are appreciated, loved and very much welcome to join us on the next Daily Favor journey. 
 
Until next time, share God’s saving favor around the world! 
 P.S. You could say this IS a challenge I hope each of you take!


Follow Favored1 on Facebook, TwitterYou Tube, Pinterest and HubPages Articles 

Maybe you don’t know the Living God that I know, but would like to have this kind of favor in your life also.  Click on the above tab “Tell Me” for more information on becoming a child of the Savior. 

Content and Image Copyright from Favored1. Do not copy.  .
Disclaimer Notes: Results may vary due to lack of belief.
Scripture references provided by Gateway Bible in the New King James Bible Version or as noted.
Image credit: Google Images Creative Common License if not specified.
 
Earning My Wings, Daily Favor Relationships, Daily Favor Blog, Favored1, America, Airlines, Christian Living, Don Moen, Teaching Series, Anniversary, Countries in the World, Around the World In 80 Days, Weekly Challenge