Monday, May 19, 2008

Growing Friendships!!!!!!

I have been led to share with you all a little something on friendship and the things I have learned(and trust me am still learning) through much time and many mistakes. In our fast paced lives, connecting with others can be a huge challenge, however I believe God has offered friendships as a lifeline for women, of course He being in the center and being our first lifeline. I think friends are important I know in my life they very much are important and for me they are not just friends or sisters in Christ but family and spending time with them helps me to be the wife I am called to be and the mom
I am called to be . I think for me friends are like flowers they are beautiful and lovely however like flowers friendships need to be handled with gentle care with God in the center of them all. God's word says two are better than one and "It's not good that man should be alone" Gen. 2:18
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:12 so we can show that love for each other through friendship. I have recently read a fabulous book on friendship it is the title of today's reading and it describes your friends as Daisy's that make up a chain (link together) the first step we must do in finding the daisy's is to go out where the flowers are which means we may have to get out of our comfort zones and pray the Lord reveal to us who they are and He will.When we find these daisy's
(friends) we then must be willing to invest time into the relationship as all relationships need to grow. Next I think we need to not have expectations of what or how friendships should be I know we should go to God's word to see HOW WE SHOULD BE AS A FRIEND IN CHRIST
it's all in His word:
...show mercy and compassion to one another (Zech. 7:9)
...Love one another(John 13:34)
...Be devoted to one another. (Romans 12:10)
...Live in harmony with each other.(Romans 12:16)
....Accept one Another (Romans 15:7)
.... Serve one another (Gal. 5:13)
.... Be kind and compassionate to each other (Eph. 4:32)
....Admonish one another. (Col. 3:16)
....Love each other deeply. (1Peter 1:22)
I believe it is only when we relate to people in this way that we are able to experience and accomplish what God calls us to do and in return enjoy the blessings of true Godly friendships.
God loves His children ,and making the choice to invest our time and energy into His children is indeed a spiritual model, it is through friendships I have learned about God's unconditional love and acceptance , joy, forgivness and the list goes on and on. If you have friends I just want to encourage you too love on them this week to tell them how much they mean to you and if you find yourself asking the Lord who those friends may be Pray the Lord reveal to you and place those Godly women in your life you can pursue those friendships with and while doing that I encourage you not to judge or to be picky and here is a thought on that written by: Sheri Torelli
"My only advice for friendship is NEVER overlook someone because they are different ,especially the chance to have an older friend, they offer much wisdom and experience."
And my thought is they could be right in front of you so allow the Lord to work and keep Praying and praying and He will reveal. I wish I had time to share more but that is it for this time I love all of you my treasured friends!!!!!! God Bless you ALL!!!!!

"AS IRON SHARPENS IRON, SO A FRIEND SHARPENS A FRIEND." PROV. 27:17

3 comments:

mel4christ said...

Yes, I'm the only nut on here!!!! Beautiful sentiment!! I couldn't agree more and yes we really do need to tend to our garden of friendships and nourish them in order from them to grow and reach their true bloom and beauty. God bless you my friend!!!

Hugs,
Melanie

Saved by Grace said...

I loved that!! I loved all the verses that go with it!! Thanks for sharing!!

Your sister and friend in Christ!!!
Adrienne

cindy said...

I thank all of you who read and respond and I love each and everyone of my friends and cherish our time together as sisters in Christ may God continue to show Himself thru all of our friendships!
love you all
cindy

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