IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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It may hurt, but a Christian friend will always be honest with you about everything.  Do I really want anything less?  No.  No, I don’t.  – Linda Palmer

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I cherish my Christian friends because of their honesty.  More importantly, I am so thankful for the tact and sweetness with which they convey that honesty.  When you love someone in the Lord, you always make the attempt to be loving and kind – so even when you have to be honest, it doesn’t have to be brutal.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  – Proverbs 27:17

Unfortunately, there is an over abundance of people who are brutally honest.  It doesn’t even bother me that they are that way, but it’s the attitude that underlies that brutality – like they are proud of the fact that they are brutal.  It seems so unnecessary and cruel to me.  It’s not God’s way of doing things.  There’s an old saying – “God don’t like ugly.”  To tell you the truth, He doesn’t like cruel much either.

If a person has to fling corrective criticism at me, I’d rather it be a fellow believer than not.  Sparing me of certain phrases and words from the sewer  suits me fine.  A sweet friend of mine once said, “If a person has to resort to language like that, they clearly lack imagination.”  Lee is long gone, but her wise words live on in my heart and spirit.

Many in the world and of the world have said they don’t “trust” the ways of Christ.  If a person is going to criticize, they think, it should be mean spirited – or the point will not get across.  They don’t believe the lesson can be learned without brutality and vulgarity.

I pity them because it takes so much emotional energy to be that way.  They refuse to cast their burdens on the Lord, so they still carry them around.  No wonder it’s easy for them to lose control of temper and lash out at others.  As Christians, we give our stress and anxiety to God, lighten our own burden, thus we’re able to be sweet spirited in any circumstance.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   – Galatians 5:22-23

In all circumstances we portray the fruits of the spirit:

  1. LOVE
  2. JOY
  3. PEACE
  4. FORBEARANCE
  5. KINDNESS
  6. GOODNESS
  7. FAITHFULNESS
  8. GENTLENESS
  9. SELF-CONTROL

I’m so very thankful for my Christian friends.  In this mean, brutal, cruel world, we sure do need each other!  🙂

 

 

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GALATIANS 5:22 ON 5/22

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…  – Galatians 5:22

Ugh – longsuffering…  that’s like…  patience, right?  LOL!

Today I jumped through a hoop, hopefully on the way to gallbladder surgery.  I had to see my primary care physician today to make sure the increase of Lisinopril is bringing my blood pressure down where it needs to be.  The good news is – it has!

Now it’s time to do a little more waiting and praying.  I have a second appointment with the surgeon on the 26th, so until then I will just keep praying that the pain will be minimal (non-existent would be better – lol) – and that God’s Holy Spirit will guide me to do what I need to do.

Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.  – Author Unknown

I can’t believe the outpouring of concern from my friends!  I’m humbled to have such great friends and hope I’m as good a friend.  The times you are forced to jump through hoops and play the waiting game are the times you learn more about who you are and how much your faith really means.

It gives the phrase “pray without ceasing” a new meaning – lol.  I continually pray that God’s Holy Spirit will give me the strength, wisdom and grace to get through this difficult time.  At this point, I’m practicing SPIRITUAL BREATHING.  Several times a day, I hear Him say to me, “It’s okay, Linda – just BREATHE.”

In much the same way I pray before driving my car – for traveling mercies – I am praying that I’ll be granted traveling mercies from this hoop to the next hoop.  Another week and then I will know more and hopefully see the light at the end of the tunnel.  God’s grace is sufficient.

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The quest for love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith continues as pain makes itself apparent.  Oh – yes I did forget one – longsuffering.  Okay – I guess I want that too – wink!  😉

WOMEN’S DAY

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The stronger the participation of the female characters, the better the movie.  They knew that in the old days, when women stars were equally as important as men.  Hepburn, Davis, Colbert:  They had great faces and great voices.  – Clint Eastwood

Today is WOMEN’S DAY! I’ve always celebrated womanhood, but there is one distinctive characteristic about some of us. Some of us are women of God. A woman who loves God is to be treasured, for she knows where her loyalty lies and she knows from where all blessings flow. It takes the pressure off a man to know that his woman does not depend on him for her contentment. She is fully and completely dependent on her wonderful, loving, gracious heavenly Father to supply every need – for her and her family.

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Women of God do not entertain petty thoughts. We do not do anything without a great deal of prayer. We lay up treasures in heaven because we know that the things of this earth are insignificant. At the same time, we know that money is necessary to survive, so we try to find creative ways of saving and we are smart about our spending. Some of us are coupon queens. I’m neither admitting nor denying that title. 😉

Our priorities do not include the latest flash-in-the-pan fashion or what color is hot for the season. We have bigger fish to fry that have eternal ramifications. We are not short-sighted, but we see the big picture – the really big picture.

If you have not been to a Women of Faith conference, I strongly encourage you to grab a girlfriend and GO! You will walk out a revived and refreshed servant of God.

An attitude of gratitude is more important than anything tangible. It’s important to eat food, but it will not bring us one inch closer to God. Only through Bible study and prayer can we establish a relationship with the Almighty. God does not honor a selfish perspective from us. He would rather we worship Him than spend the day out shopping at the local mall. Activities that take time away from my Father are considered vain. Vanity will disappear one day when this life is over. As the old song says, “Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

A woman of God understands all of this. ❤

MEMORIAL DAY

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Memorial Day is a day of reflection. It’s a day to remember those who were once here with us but now are not. We loved them and they loved us. We know we will be reunited one day, but until then, there is a void. What would my family urge me to do? God is love and love covers a multitude of mistakes. I think they would tell me to love. Just love.

As we begin our stroll through my peaceful, serene labyrinth of love, let me ask you a question. What is the source of love? Where does it come from originally? Most of you know what my answer is. I believe that God is the true source of love, and apart from Him, you are not really able to love at all. Know God – know love. No God – no love. If you know God, then I hope you enjoy this little stroll through the labyrinth. If you do not know God, perhaps you can sit down on one of the simple wooden benches when you finish the walk to rest and get to know God. Can you hear the birds singing? The gardens surrounding this labyrinth are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and there is not a more quiet place of solace to do a little soul-searching.

It’s such a perfect day to take a leisurely stroll. There are people on the outside who are running, but we are not. We are not going to hurry, but be deliberate with each step. There is nothing scheduled in your day that is of any importance. You won’t need a watch. Take your time and seek. Seek God and find the love He wants you to have.

Read just one section at a time. When you have read the scripture, close your eyes and think about what you just read. Let the thought of it sink in and talk to God about it. You can talk to Him out loud or just think a prayer – He hears your prayer either way. Imagine you are walking, reading, pondering and praying. Let’s begin.

Love comes from God:

1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God proved His love for us:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Some couples seem to be real soul mates and some are polar opposites trying to find some common ground. No matter which class your marriage falls in, we are taught what love should look like in our Christian marriages. I laughingly refer to these as the “bite your tongue” verses! There are times when love in marriage is a real bear! But for the sake of unity, peace and joy with your mate, you really do have to bite your tongue!

Love in Marriage:

Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Philippians 2:2 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

There is sure victory because of love:

Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are definitely instructed to love other people:

1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

“Love each other deeply with all your heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22b

And finally, we are told that we are to walk the walk of love and not just talk the talk.

Make sure the love you show is genuine:

1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Have a blessed day! ❤