Be the AWESOME you wish to see in the world!
NOTE: I Just Recently LEARNED the VALUE of This NEXT QUOTE:
"HOLDING A GRUDGE Towards Someone IS LIKE Letting THAT PERSON "LIVE IN YOUR HEAD RENT-FREE"....
*** EVICT THEM ASAP!! ***
This Article Is My Response to the Many, Many People who have said to me:
Rick,You Really Should POST YOUR STORY of “How GOD Planted This Ministry IN YOUR HEART" and how HE has ABUNDANTLY BLESSED IT and Many People and YOU on the AnEncourager.com Website About-Us page.
AnEncourager.com Is The Non-Profit Website & Organization I FOUNDED In October of 2019 Because I KNEW there was a Great Need To ENCOURAGE Persons Who Are DISCOURAGED.
FIRST, Some Of MY Background.
I want to SHARE WITH YOU something IMPORTANT and MEANINGFUL To ME that I Constantly Encountered during my Over 20 Years in various Ministry Situations And Positions After I Graduated From Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, with a Masters Of Religious Education and a Minor In Church Music.
.... About 8 or 9 Months Ago I Started SERIOUSLY Thinking and REFLECTING About My MINISTRY YEARS and THEN "God Brought To My Memory" THE COMMENTS I OFTEN HEARD When I Was In Various Ministry Positions AND I REALIZED THAT Those WORDS" were USUALLY Something LIKE: "You are AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME!"...or: "I am ENCOURAGED by YOUR MINISTRY In Our Church.".... or: "I Know someone that YOU need to Visit AND ENCOURAGE! .....This Happened To Me Over and OVER and OVER!
I FREQUENTLY experienced people saying those words TO ME....
As I Reflected on these Important and Frequent MEMORIES......GOD brought me to the Firm Realization that Now HE wanted ME to START and DEVELOP A Non-Profit ENCOURAGER Website & Ministry That HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO: AnEncourager.com In This Way I HOPE TO CONTINUE what I Began in my Earlier Ministry Years!
JUST NOW, after WRITING ALL OF THIS DOWN In Black And White AND THINKING ABOUT ALL THAT God Has Done THROUGH THIS And INSIDE ME, I Started SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY!! I am SO BLESSED!!
"God Is Good, All The Time and All The Time, GOD IS GOOD"
WHEN I Became CONVINCED that GOD Really Wanted ME to be The FOUNDER and DIRECTOR of this Encourager Non-Profit Ministry I Immediately Began the Process of Selecting and Purchasing A Good, Appropriate and Reasonably Priced WEBSITE ADDRESS, ALSO KNOWN AS A Domain Name. I Definitely Believe That This DOMAIN NAME Selection Process was BLESSED BY GOD so miraculously that it CONFIRMED that GOD was At Work and THIS MINISTRY was ALL HIS. I Will EXPLAIN Why: USUALLY Basic Domain Names Are Priced AROUND $12.00 to $20 Per Year. VERY VALUABLE Domain Names are Considered to be PREMIUM Domain Names and THEY can cost MUCH MORE! I began My Search by looking for Domain Names with SOME FORM OF Encouragement or Encourager or the like. I Checked to see if Encourager.com was available, And IT WAS AVAILABLE as a PREMIUM Domain With a List Price of ONLY $7,500! But WAIT, GOD HAD OTHER PLANS to BLESS US and to BRING HONOR Unto HIMSELF! I Spent THREE (3) HOURS trying VARIOUS Names/Website Addresses THAT WOULD BE GOOD and I ALMOST Gave Up, UNTIL I Checked to see IF AnEncourager.com was available, THINKING For SURE that it would EITHER be TAKEN by someone else OR that, Just Like Encourager.com AnEncourager.com would be a PREMIUM NAME, Costing SEVERAL THOUSANDS of Dollars.......... BUT GOD Intervened and BLESSED Our Ministry:........You See, OUR AnEncourager.com Domain Name ONLY COST $12 per YEAR! ….. Can I HEAR YOU SAY Praise The LORD and GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH!
There is ONE MORE PART to the STORY of HOW GOD HAS BLESSED Our AnEncourager.com Website/Ministry!
For SEVERAL YEARS I Sold Imprinted Promotional Products SO I KNOW the IMPORTANCE OF Having A Colorful and Well-Designed LOGO and Business Card and I Thought Maybe SOME TYPE OF HEART would be a Good LOGO for our Website & Ministry. I made a visit to my GRAPHIC DESIGNER at the UPS Store and asked the employee to DESIGN THREE 3 HEARTS so I could Pick the BEST One For Our LOGO.
When I returned, FULLY EXPECTING 3 HEARTS…. She ONLY Had ONE 1 Heart and SO I asked Her WHY She Did NOT Follow My Directions? (And HERE COMES GOD’s BLESSING, so WATCH FOR IT!) SHE SAID She Did Not Prepare 3 HEARTS BECAUSE the 1 Heart she prepared WAS ABSOLUTELY, Beyond A Doubt “THE VERY BEST HEART LOGO FOR OUR Encourager.com MINISTRY!”
BEFORE I could say ANYTHING, She Said TO ME: “And I WILL TELL YOU EXACTLY Why I KNOW IT IS THE BEST!”
(The 1 HEART LOGO she designed was actually 2-hearts-in-1, a LARGER Heart in the Background and a SMALLER Heart Partially Covering the LARGER Heart.) THIS is how she EXPLAINED WHY it was The ONLY LOGO For US: She said, the REASON there are TWO HEARTS is because in an ENCOURAGER situation or encounter There IS ALWAYS TWO PEOPLE (LIKE the 2 hearts in YOUR PERFECT LOGO) The LARGER HEART Represents the Person DOING THE ENCOURAGING and the SMALLER HEART Represents the person who is RECEIVING THE ENCOURAGEMENT. I Paused THEN SAID, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, We Only Need ONE LOGO! (The DIGITAL Image of THIS Double-Heart Logo AND Our Business Card IS SHOWN on the FRONT PAGE of Our Website!)
March 31st, 2020 - Written By RICK RYBERG,
FOUNDER of AnEncourager.com