November 25, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: THE REASONS FRIENDSHIPS FLOUNDER. { DAY 12 }

Read- Luke 10:38-42 "But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” {Luke 10:40 ESV} It can be like pouring cold water on a glowing fire. It totally extinguishes the burning embers of warmth. That's how our words can woefully change our intimacy with others. We see friendships falter or drift, while we are left wondering why.....not even recognizing it is because of us. When I read about Mary and Martha, I see several tendencies that come all too naturally to some of us. With the best of intentions, we can come across too harshly in relationships, causing spirits to wilt beneath the weight of our words. Each sentence can inflict a precision cut, as our tongue becomes our unintended weapon. As we look closer at the scene, Martha is busy hosting Jesus and His disciples, which is very admirable. She has opened her home to them, exercising hospitality. Her intent is to bless others. What happens though is a different story.....
November 23, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: WHY FRIENDSHIPS THRIVE { DAY 11 }

READ: John 10:10; Matthew 16:22-23; Matthew 18:21-22; Luke 22:31-34; Mark 14:36; John 21:17 "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." { John 10:10 } Have you ever wondered why some friendships thrive and others dive? We all want the kind of friendships that make life more fun, yet sometimes we can find them sucking the life right out of us. As a mom of girls, I want my daughters to surround themselves with the kind of friends that will challenge them, love them, speak life into them and see value in them. I pray over them every day that they would be godly friends to others and they would have godly friends. I'm not praying them into a bubble of "Christians only" because that is not the goal, but when it comes to uniting with those on the same mission as we are, us Jesus girls need each other. I pray the same prayers for myself with a keen awareness that thriving friendships don't just happen overnight. They take time to develop and they are built around intentionality.
November 21, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: HER SUCCESS IS MY SUCCESS. { DAY 10 }

“Her success is my success.” This quote has become an anthem of sorts for me. But, in my twenties, this quote would have caused a flood of emotions and convictions. How do we celebrate someone who stands in the place we wish we could be? Sometimes the lines become blurred between admiration and comparison. One causes us to cheer wildly for others while the other one has us keeping score and feeling behind. Two dynamic characters play a significant role in the story of David and Jonathan- jealousy and devotion. While Jonathan’s father, Saul, despised David because the favor of the Lord was evidently on him, Jonathan allowed his heart to feel something far more powerful than jealousy. Jonathan’s rightful place as an heir to the throne shifted by divine destiny as David was anointed the next in line king. His humanity could have unleashed a, “It should have been me” mentality, but it didn’t. Instead a friendship formed that was stronger than any other bond of brotherhood they had experienced before. The scriptures portray a mental picture of a knitting of souls, interwoven together for a holy purpose and plan. God gave Jonathan a love for David that made him an ally, not a foe. “Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” { 1 Samuel 18: 1 } “When God knits two hearts together it is always for a purpose”
November 18, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: A FRIEND IN GOD { DAY 9 }

READ: 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23 "...And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" and he was called a friend of God." { James 2:23, ESV } What does it mean to be a friend to God? Even though it's possible for everyone to have a close, intimate friendship with God, few had that intimacy with Him throughout the bible.
November 16, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: THE FRACTURE – WHEN FRIENDSHIPS FAIL. { DAY 8 }

There can be nothing more deflating or heartbreaking then a lost friendship. Someone you have trusted, loved, shared memories with, shared history with, grown close with and then all of the sudden boom, the house crumbles and the jagged edges are left poking out all over the place.
November 14, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: BEING ENCOURAGERS { DAY 7 }

Have you ever felt afraid to do something God has called you to do? Or been overwhelmed by a path He has chosen for you? Have you ever needed encouragement from a friend? Certainly, we can all answer “yes” to at least one of those questions. And certainly Mary—the girl chosen by God to bear the Savior of the world—would have been familiar with those feelings.
November 11, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: THE THIEF WE INVITE IN { DAY 6 }

Loss has a way of draining all that's positive out of life, tempting us with an unbalanced viewpoint. When we are living with disappointment from unmet expectations, the "good" we have can be overshadowed by the loss we are living with. What we have becomes invisible and undervalued, compared to what we want.
November 9, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: LOYAL LOVE { DAY 5 }

READ: Ruth 1:1-22, ESV “But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. […]
November 7, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: CREATED FOR FRIENDSHIP { DAY 4 }

What would you think… if I told you that friendship is the very purpose for which we were created? Does it seem important enough? Is being a “friend” really something to have our identity wrapped up in? Let alone, our very reason for existence?
November 4, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: THE TRUTH ABOUT FRIENDS. { DAY 3 }

People are messy. We are complicated, full of flaws and capable of inflicting some of the heaviest pains and deepest wounds. We carry baggage, scars and the preconceived notions of what friendships should and shouldn’t look like based on our own life experiences. Sometimes we love each other and sometimes we love to hate each other. The irony of it all: we need each other desperately.
November 2, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: BOUND UP BY REJECTION? EXPERIENCE ABUNDANT LIFE IN THE FRIENDSHIP OF JESUS. { DAY 2 }

Have you ever felt the sting of rejection? Maybe amidst intense suffering, someone you cared deeply for, didn’t “show up?” Instead of feeling cherished, you felt alone, rejected and unsure. Unbelief about Jesus’ character has a tendency to shatter our peace and devoid us of all power.
October 31, 2016

FRIENDSHIP: A SWEET FRIEND REFRESHES OUR SOUL. { DAY 1 }

"The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense." { Proverbs 27:9 } I love sweet smells. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin spice or cinnamon but this fall I’ve lit candles that smell of spicy plums, Italian oranges, and mulberry. They are pleasant aromas. As guests enter my home I welcome them with a hearty hug and hand-selected aromatics.

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