Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Cheers to Friendships

Proverbs 27:17 ~ Happy New Year ~"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17 ~ Happy New Year ~”As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Cheers to Friends!

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Cheers to Friends!

As we embark on a new journey bringing in 2015, let’s make it fabulous by not forgetting to be grateful and celebrate who walked alongside of us during the previous years that helped us reach this point:  Our friends!  Let us also be reminded that Jesus is our “best friend for life.” Cheers to Friends! 

I just wanted to share how I’m embracing the new year by praying for all my beautiful friends as we usher in 2015 together with this prayer:

Fireworks2          Father God, Abba Daddy, we again praise you for our tender hearts and for bringing us together in all these wonderful, yet strange, venues technology has afforded us the privilege with in reaching out to one another.  We really are blessed!  I love all my girlfriends, near and far, and all the wonderful guy friends that put up with all this estrogen, or in desperate need of!  Jesus, we need your intercession here as we boldly ask for your grace and mercy to surround us with the love you so freely offer us through our friendships in 2015 that we oftentimes push away because of the guilt and shame brought on by believing the lies of the enemy.  Help us lay at the altar all the ugly and negative words EVER spoken over our lives.

           Father God, I boldly claim the protective hedge surrounding all my friends’ tender hearts and brilliant minds from this point forward which is bringing deliverance from every negative word that has ever been spoken over us and that we are now released from its captivity!  Help us acknowledge that these lies do not dictate, nor define, our future.  Help us, Daddy, embrace our past by walking through it, but help us leave it where it is, IN THE PAST!!!  Help us recognize how our value and worth does not come from the opinion of others and that there is nothing to hide from or run from or be embarrassed about; it is what brought us to where we are now, ready to be vulnerable and transparent and share our hurts by letting You in surrendering our deepest and darkest recesses that only You can heal and know about.  We praise you for these stepping stones of transparency and honesty which are helping us move forward with confidence knowing we’re Beloveds of the Most High and proclaim the courage to be set apart and used as light in a world that is dark and evil with boldness and courage all for Your glory!  

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Lord Jesus, help us realize our worth and how we all have an intricate part in your Kingdom which requires the surrendering and letting go of our facades.  Help us to believe who You say we are in 2015 by bringing us Godly friends that will remind us of what your Word says and that will enable us to be transparent and vulnerable!  Help us to remember and believe we are Beautiful Beloveds of the Most High, fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image!  We love you, Jesus! Thank you for taking every brutal blow that has been inflicted on us, even though we don’t deserve it!  We love you, Jesus!  Let our lives glorify you through our speech and conduct in 2015.  Help us lift each other up!  Thank you for being our “best friend for life” and for blessing us with the friends that are walking alongside of us reminding us of our worth in You and how we are set free from the bondage of fear and insecurities that Proverbs 27:17 talks about, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  

In Jesus’ mighty and powerful name!  Happy New Year!!!

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The Perfect Gift – John 15:13 ~ Friendships

DSC01005   The Perfect Gift ~ John 15:13  “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.”

         As I began the tedious and somber task of tearing down all the Christmas decorations that reminded me of the blessings of the beauty and joy of another Christmas past, with all the changes that surrounded this year’s festivities, one thing stood out as I marveled at one particular gift box that remained.  You see, this box was no ordinary Christmas box; yes, it was decorated festively with its design and packaging, not to mention the elegant gold bow that wrapped and sealed the gift nestled inside; but this gift box housed a handcrafted item made with love that will be used year after year, along with its wrapping, as decoration reminding me of the love that was poured into it!

        When I started to peel off the gold bow to open the box and carefully place the Christmas coasters back inside, I reread the handwritten note and tucked it back inside while praising God for the precious gift of girlfriends that He so graciously surrounds my life with.  Though part of her note said, “Your friendship is a perfect gift all by itself,” I pondered how this emulates beautifully the definition of what our Lord’s life and promises are all about:  John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.”  Jesus calls us “His friends” and freely offers His love whether we deserve it or not.  He even promises to “always be there” so we’re never alone (Deut. 31:6; Joshua 1:5); now that’s a friend.  He’s relentless in His pursuit by calling on us often just to say hello hoping we will reciprocate with a little time by saying hello back (you know, prayer, praise, and spending time in His Word).

        My girlfriend’s gift of love and time that was so generously poured into will always be with me, not to mention the added cushion the yummy treats brought to my hiney; but it’s nice to know as I pack everything away securely so it will be here the next Christmas, I’m reminded of one promise that remains; whether future seasons are plentiful, seasons where there’s not enough to go around, or even seasons where they’re cold and lonely, one thing will always remain: LOVE. 

        Some of our girlfriends are put here for a short season with a reason and some are there for the long haul; but there is one thing that remains:  The blessings of the “perfect gift” that cost God so much, “Jesus, who is our best friend for life.”  Let us never forget by packing up what John 15:13 so beautifully promises, “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.”  It is our perfect gift that keeps on giving!  Wow, what a friend we have in Jesus!!!  Let’s keep our relationship with Him fresh and alive and not packed away with the rest of the Christmas decorations!  

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