Not By Chance…

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two people searching

not knowing what for

a piece in their life

seems to be missing

then GOD steps in

suddenly their paths cross

two become friends

in the midst of their storm

searching for light

swimming in life-giving water

immersed in GOD’s Word

clinging to JESUS

SEEKING…

SHARING…

FEELING…

TOGETHER…

once weak and broken

only to become strong and new

side by side

standing on what is True

and as HE promises

they trust and believe

the light in each other

they have seen

the darkness

has disappeared

into each other’s hearts

they have been

finding a love

that could only be from HIM

warmth and joy

fills their hearts

these two people

once alone

are now connected

FOREVERMORE…

What is a friend???

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What is a friend? How do you know when someone is a friend? Yes, I am asking that question and hoping to answer the question… it’s definitely going to be a tough one.

Friends are people who hang out, who talk about life, who have similar likes and dislikes, who have similar beliefs about life and religion, who like each other’s company and who laugh together. Is that simple enough?

There are different levels of friendship. They range from mere acquaintances to “til death do us part”. So, on that mindset, how do we define friendship? I think friendship is one of those English words that tends to have too many meanings. In fact, just like the word love, since there are many varying levels of friendship, there should be different words to denote the level of friendship we are pursuing.

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That being said, there are many different kinds of friendship. I think, in order to have a well rounded life, we should have friends in all levels. What??? Say there are four levels of friendship. I think we should have at least one friend in each of the four levels of friendship. This way all of our emotional needs are being met. You know what I mean? There are those friends you just want to go shopping with, but maybe there’s not a close connection, but you LOVE shopping with them. Then there are those friends that you call when you have a crisis… and that friend is there no matter what. and then there are those friends that you might see at church functions and you talk there, but there’s not really any interaction outside of that. Each of these friendships play a different role in your life to fulfill a need.

Being a friend could be so much more though. I had a dear friend relay something very profound to me recently. She told me that maybe I was comfortable in the place I had allowed myself to be in and I wasn’t open to friends because of that. In other words, because of past hurts from friends, I had closed myself off to true intimate friendships without even realizing it.

WOW!!!

Friendship is a form of love. When you are a friend, a true friend, you are loving someone unconditionally, even! You are there for them when they need you… isn’t that how GOD is with us? JESUS is our friend, or wants to be… we just have to open up to HIM. Our heart must be available to a friend in order for it to be a true friendship.

I want to have close friends as I am sure many of you do. We have to be willing to risk being hurt. That is the only way to find true friends, by sharing your heart. And, the one that is true will protect your heart. So take a chance on a friend today… make it count. Let them see you heart and ask them for theirs… they might be just as afraid to share as you are. Show them love and be a friend…

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YOU…

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I am beyond thankful for you and oh the many wonderful things you do

The memories we are making, the moments we share… I truly cherish you and the way you care

Feelings and experience in my life never seen before… I am thankful for a life with you and look forward to more

So now in this moment think of me as you fall asleep… and then when you dream you will see me.

Are You Following Your Calling…?

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How do you know exactly what you are supposed to do in life? You have certain interests, certain skills, certain experiences… those things mold and shape you into the person you think you should be…

THE PERSON YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE…

IS THIS REALLY WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE???

Ultimately, only GOD knows the answer to the question… are you following your calling? GOD created you and me and well, HE knows your ultimate destiny.

BUT…

How do you know what HE has designed you for? How do you know what you are truly supposed to do with your life???

I think, through prayer and a relationship with GOD the Father who created you and me… we learn what HE wants us to do.

We are equipped, through experiences in our lives, with the tools to do what we were designed to do. The coolest thing is that as we go though our lives, that calling changes. GOD equips us in new and challenging ways. Ways, where we often find ourselves in a place we have NEVER been. A place where only THE LORD could have led us!

Are you ready to be in whatever place GOD is putting you? Are you ready to do whatever HE asks? Would you be an Ester, an Amos, a Moses, a Noah, a David, a Mary, a Paul??? be a willing vessel… and then watch HIM use you in AMAZING ways for the GLORY of the KINGDOM of GOD!!!

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