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Friendship

friend /frend/ Noun A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.

I have been thinking a lot lately about friends and friendship. A subject that seems to be close to my heart lately.  I look back over the years at the friends that have came and went.  Some I was sad to see go some not so much.  I find it strange how in such a short amount of time the circles we travel in change so much.  The decisions we make or other people make alter those circles, sometimes to the ending of certain friendships.  Yet I know there was a purpose in all of these friendships.

I like to think of the friendship of David and Jonathan.  It's actually one of my favorite passages in the bible.  True friendship that endured test and time.  Check in out starting in 1 Samuel 18. 

My friend Teri has been my friend for ohhh going on 15 or 16 years.  Her youngest daughter was a bitty baby.  I know she was a God send to my life.  If not for her so many times and in so many circumstanc…

O-B-E-Y

ACK! A four letter word!  Well for some of us I guess it is.  Such a short word that has so much impact.

Obey - /ōˈbā/

Comply with the command, direction, or request of (a person or a law); submit to the authority of.Carry out (a command or instruction) "Submit to the authority of " seems to be the part of the definition that most of us fail in.  I know I do. For me when I read my bible, this word always jumps off the page as if it's the key to so much.  I believe it is.  Reading in Jeremiah and Hebrews today. I'm just confounded by the Isrealites sometimes.  How they saw the awesome miracles of God, but could yet turn their back on Him.  TIME and TIME again!  But then I start to think in terms of myself.  Well...*looking down at my feet in shame* I'm just not much better sometimes.  I guess I have been judgemental about the Israelites in the Old Testament.  These scriptures struck a cord in me today. Jer 7:22 NLT - When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was no…

To Be or Not to Be a Servant

Or maybe I could call it "To Be or Not to Be a Follower of Christ"

So here is the modern definition of servant from an online dictionary:
ser·vant -One who expresses submission, recognizance, or debt to another: your obedient servant

Another definition:
serv'ant - A person, male or female, that attends another for the pupose of performing menial offices for him, ot who is employed by another for such offices or for other labor, and is subject to his command.

Definition of minister (verb):
minister - attend to the wants and needs of others

So you are probably wondering why I decided to have an english lesson with all these definitions.  As I am reading the book of Mark today, so much of it gets my study mind reeling.  However, one thing that really stuck out to me were the following scriptures:

Mark 10:43 NLT - But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,
Mark 10:44 NLT - and whoever wants to be first among you must be the…

Deep Cries Out

I'm sitting here and I can't get that song out of my head "Deep Cries Out". One of my faves.  But as I'm singing it in my head, trust me you don't want me singing it outloud, I start to wonder exactly what does the phrase "deep cries out " mean. 

Psalm 42:7 NKJV - Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

In this Psalm, the writer is going through things and is discouraged.  Wondering, at moments, where God is.  I think we all get that way when faced with things that we can't control and we CAN'T fix.  We wonder "God, why is this happening?"  If you read the whole psalm however, you will realize that the writer knew that God's love was unfailing.  That yes, the trouble was deep and he felt at moments that he was going to go under, but God was there to bring him through.  So why are we so downcast?

Deep cries out.....we cry out from the depths of our very souls for God t…

Searching The Heart

As I sit here today, so many thoughts running through my mind.  Trying to work and stay on task, while at the same time God is dealing with me and my heart.  Showing me some things.  My husband and I went to the CMA (Christian Motorcylists Association) Changing of the Colors Rally this weekend.  It was awesome. Maybe even life changing.  God started dealing with me in the 9am service. 

He kept telling me (well He has been telling me for a while, but I guess this is when I finally had my ear inclined to hear) I needed to examine my heart.  Closely examine it.  Over and over I kept remembering the story of David when God was about to anoint him as king.  How God referred to him as a "man after His own heart".  Could you imagine God referring to you as a man or woman after "His own heart"??? 

I started looking up the word "heart" in various study materials I have.  I never knew the word "heart" could have so many different meanings and uses. Anyw…