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Murphy Geer Toerner

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Austin TX and Baton Rouge, LA, United States
I enjoy helping people. I am an encourager and I can see the good in others. I want people to understand what it means to be an authentic Christian and not just a religious "nut." I believe if Christians lived and loved others as Jesus lived and loved others, we would experience more of heaven on earth than hell on earth. These thoughts and writings are intended to encourage you to be who God originally designed you to be. They are also intended to challenge you and make you think. Also, I want you to know that I'm praying for you every day. Blessings, Murphy Blessings to you, Murphy

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Body of Christ - A Necessity, Not Just a Perk

Recently I spoke with a friend and she shared some things that were presently going on in her life. We talked for a while and then we ended our conversation in prayer. We lifted up our concerns about some fairly heavy personal situations. By the end of our time she said, "I did not realize just how much emotional stuff I'd been carrying until now. I feel so much better, almost lighter; and I'm able to relax and let it go."

It is a wonderful gift to have a friend and confident. It's more than a good thing or nice thing; it's a necessity. Sharing our lives with one another in deeply personal ways helps us keep our spiritual balance and emotional well-being. Of course, the first Person we need to speak with about any matter is God. He is the Source of all wisdom and grace; power and persistence. Often, He will send a human being with whom we can share. God knows the benefit of having friends who are safe confidants and faithful prayer partners. Every one needs at least one friend who can keep things in the "vault," so to speak.

Galatians 6:2a says, "Bear one another's burdens..." To fulfill this command, we need God and each other. Sometimes God will send us burden bearers. At other times, He will come alone. In our minds and hearts, both sources of relief are reasons to praise Him.

Do you have great friends; faithful friends? Are you a great friend; a faithful friend?

What are some of the qualities you look for in friendship? What is most important? Think about it and then, list what you come up with.

Blessings to you all, mt


  1. BAM!!! You nailed it again!!!
    I can totally relate! Experiencing tough moments in this developmental stage of life. Moving by His strengh!

  2. Murphy,
    I'm fortunate to have some very wonderful friends, people who I can count on in a pinch, who lift me up in prayer when I'm in need,who lift my spirits when I'm down and who are fun to be with when I'm up.
    In addition to being faithful to others in need, I find it important to be vulnerable to others as well. In the book "Safe People" Cloud and Townsend list a person who appears to have it "all together" and never having any problems of his/her own as a potential unsafe person. I think it's important to be there for our friends when they have needs, but it's equally important to allow our friends to be there for us. That's one of the ways that we build each other up and make the Body stronger and more loving . . .connecting.