Posted in Love

True Friendship

I came across something I wrote back in March of 2018.  I wrote it in a style that would be good in a custom greeting or birthday card.  But I didn’t ever use it for that.  I just wrote it, and saved it on my computer, and forgot about it.

I looked at the date stamp on it this evening, and remembered that I had written it on a day when a friend was supposed to come and visit me. It was their idea, not mine. This person ended up not coming over, which normally wouldn’t have bothered me one bit.  I called that day (because they asked me to) to let them know when was a good time since i work from home.  When I called, they didn’t answer.  A few moments later, I received a text saying they were laying down in bed with a bad headache, and to please pray.  So I did.  Later on in the afternoon, they called me and sounded great.  Real chipper, happy and feeling good.  They never apologized for not coming, nor tried to re-schedule. Just nothing.  Nothing but a lot of fast talking.  It appeared to me that they never intended on coming, and I don’t know why.  This was hurtful because I thought this person was a friend. I wasn’t expecting to be lied to and deceived like that.  I mean if you can’t make it, just say you can’t make it. Right?  Why all the deception and excuses?

I chose to forgive as the Bible commands us, but Jesus really had to help me with this one.  It hit me right in the heart.  And so that evening, I sat down at the computer and the following is what came out:

True Friendship

What is a true friend?

A true friend never leaves you or forsakes you

Even when you are at your worst.

A true friend never lets you go

Even when you deserve to be let go.

A true friend will not yell at you

Even when they are upset with you.

A true friend will not tell you one thing,

And then do another.

A true friend can be summed up in the following Scripture:

Love is patient

Love is kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not prideful

Love does not dishonor

Love is not rude

Love is not self-seeking

Love is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil

Love rejoices with the truth

Love always protects

Love always hopes

Love always perseveres

Love never fails

Love never stops loving.

(Reference: 1 Cor. 13:4-8 NIV & TPT)

I have a friend just like this.

His name is Jesus.

He really is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

He is always there when I need Him no matter the hour.

He is always there when I want Him. And He is even there when I don’t.

He is never too busy for me…..ever!

He loves me with all that He is and all that He has!

I am by no means perfect in any way.  I have many flaws and shortcomings. I’ve let people down, and people have let me down.  Even though we as humans fall short, we have One in Heaven who never falls short. His Name is Jesus!  He never leaves us or forsakes us….ever!  He is always there to help us when we call on Him.  He IS my very BEST FRIEND!  He loves me when all is well, and when all is chaos.  When I’m in a good mood or a bad one.  When I’m angry, sad, hurt, happy….He’s always right there to help me….every time.

If you are struggling with a friendship, or any kind of relationship, just go to Jesus with it. He will hear you, and He will help you with it because He loves you.  And He will heal your heart, too, and show you how to love people just as He loves people.  How do I know?  Because my heart isn’t hurt anymore, and I still love this person, and we are still friends.

 

Posted in Gratefulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m really excited to be spending this Thanksgiving with my family once again.  God has blessed our small family over the years, and He continues to do so.  He’s even giving us sunny skies, 60 degree weather AND a full moon this year. Perfection – He is perfect!

While all of that is wonderful and exciting, I cannot and will not forget the true reason we even have this holiday.  We the people of the United States of America have been given a land where we are free to worship and praise our God freely and without restriction.  All praise be unto God, our Father!

I believe it is fitting that Veteran’s Day is also celebrated in November.  Many fine soldiers fought and even sacrificed their lives to defend and keep the freedom we all enjoy in this country today.

I would like to encourage those who read this, to just take a moment or two, to  remember God and give a heartfelt thanks to Him for all He has done for us, and for this country.  Then go enjoy your family, friends, football and the Macy’s parade, and be thankful for all of them, too. God wants you to have fun and enjoy yourself! ♥

Psalm 118:1 (NIV) Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever.

He really IS good!  Be blessed in Jesus’ Name!

Tricks of the Enemy (devil)

This video helped me so much I can’t even tell you!  I hate the devil, and I’m all about exposing how he works.  It is my prayer that this will help and minister to you as well. Let’s give back to the enemy everything that he gave to us, and give him a swift kick in the hind end by reminding him where he belongs….under our feet! Amen! Thank You Jesus!

 

Posted in Spiritual Growth

Clean Up – Inside and Out

I am one of those people who doesn’t like a lot of clutter around me.  Though I’m not perfect at it, I try my best to not let things pile up to the point they become overwhelming just to look at.  Dirty laundry goes into the hamper, clean laundry gets folded and put away, dirty dishes get rinsed and put into the dishwasher, and so forth.

Several months ago, the Lord told me to clean out and clean up.  I knew He didn’t mean “clean the house” in the general sense of that phrase.  He meant for me to dig out all the stuff I had been toting around in boxes for years.  The stuff I had been hanging on to. So one day, I pulled all those neatly stacked boxes out of the closet in the spare bedroom.  What was inside, however, was not so neatly organized.  I just threw stuff in there over the years thinking “I’ll get to it later”. One by one, I went through them.  I had photos scattered throughout most all of them I think, instead having all my photos in one box.  I still had stuff from when I was a teenager because it meant something to me at the time.  I had a lot of stuff I collected and kept from my Mom’s house after she passed, most of which was just because it was Mom’s.  Most of it didn’t really have any value, sentimental or otherwise.  It all was a jumbled mess.

The Lord had me do this because I needed to learn to let go of things.  And there were many things that I thought, “Why did I keep that?! What was I thinking?”  Those were easy enough to trash.  But I also found there were many things I kept because of a past memory that needed to go. It wasn’t about the thing, it was about what was attached to it.  I didn’t think to count how many boxes I started with, but I am down to 9.  Some of those remaining have things that I can and will sell.  But the Lord wasn’t finished with that just yet.

The past month or so, Jesus has been working on the closet in my heart.  I had gotten myself, or rather allowed myself, to get in a funk.  I felt like I was just stuck in the mud and couldn’t get myself out.  The worst of it all was that I lost my joy.  I don’t know if one could even call it a prayer, but I just said, “Lord help me with this. I feel like a mess inside.”  He did just that.  Little by little, in various ways.  Some of it was through grabbing a pen and paper and just writing out the stuff that kept popping up in my thoughts.  Some of His help came through some of the programs I watched on BVOVN.  There were two programs in particular that Jesus really got through to me with.  One, was an episode from “Your World With Creflo” titled Abandonment Anxiety. And the other one was (I believe the 2nd episode) of the new Kellie & Jerri Show titled Happy To Be Me.

After watching these shows, I said, “Okay Lord, I yield myself to You. Peel back the layers and shine Your light on those hidden things lurking in my heart that I don’t know.”  And just wow!  Layer after layer, the Lord has been revealing some stuff in me that I had no idea was in there.  But with every layer revealed, so much of what I’ve gone through in my life (most of which was self-inflicted), now makes sense to me.  And so much of it was just lies from the enemy….a.k.a trash!  Not worth keeping!

I thought it was going to be an uncomfortable process, but it went better than I thought it would.  I got rid of much of the hidden clutter in my closet.  I also got rid of some of the hidden clutter lurking inside of me that I really wasn’t aware of.  My natural closet in the spare bedroom was a reflection of my inner, spiritual closet.  All nice and neat on the outside, but a jumbled mess on the inside.  I needed Jesus to help me tackle both closets and set me free from the junk hiding inside.  I needed cleaning up, both inside and out.

I pray this helped you in some way today.  And always remember that God’s love will change your life for the better! Believe in His love! He’s not out to get you, He wants to heal you and set you free!