What A Friend

What a friend…

Jesus calls us His friends. He wants to be with us so much that He desires us to be His friends.

John 15:15 – I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

We are separated from friends right now. Things are beginning to reopen, but we have not had the contact with most people like we are used too. We might not have the ability to truly share with a friend because we can’t meet for coffee. It isn’t as easy to share via text or video calls. I am thankful for this technology, but it just is not the same as actually being with someone physically.

My thoughts as I write this are drawn to WHO He wants to be for me. WHO He wants to be for you!  We do need to have a healthy “fear” of God, but we also must recognize that He sent Jesus, His Son, for a reason. He brought Him to earth to dwell among us. When He dwelt among the people He became their friend.

Remember, He left us Holy Spirit, so we still have His Presence with us. We might not be able to see Him, but we can feel Him and know He is with us, just like a friend.

Take heart today and let Him be your friend. The hymn “What a Friend we Have in Jesus” reminds us of all His Promises for us. Listen and let it bless you, then take all your burdens to Him in prayer.

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is a Christian hymn originally written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. (basic information from Wikipedia)

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

I put two links in, one for a basic hymn of worship and one done by a young lady with a verse that I have not heard before, but that I enjoyed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SCorW9r_Is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9oRay5YBHg

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

A Christmas Eve Reminder 


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook…….

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy anothers home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

                1 CORINTHIANS 13~

             CHRISTMAS VERSION

                        ~Sharon Jaynes

Pause- grab a nice cup of cocoa – sit down – rest & reflect. 

         It doesn’t have to all be perfect.  

Be sure to not get so wrapped up in all the lights and shiny paper that you forget to focus on what really matters.    

        The Light of the Word has come! 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Why Bloggers Blog: The Power of Connecting

  

I love this blog and it is so true.  Please go follow Dream Big Dream Often.   He has a great blog and is all about helping to promote and encourage others.  You will be blessed! 
Happy Connecting!  XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Why do we blog?  The answers to this question vary greatly.  If I were to ask 1,000 bloggers why they spend countless hours writing and networking for little to no money, I would receive 1,001 different answers. Many write to express themselves.  Some write to relieve the pain of an emotional scar.  A few blog […]

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13 Destructive Mindsets That Will Stifle Your Growth in 2016

  

This is a great list and a great blog to check out!  I hope you are off to a wonderful start in 2016.   XXOO Michelle Bollom
Be sure to give Dream Big Dream Often a follow! 

I want you to be determined and resolute in your mind that 2016 is going to be your Year of Growth.  I want you to visualize in your mind the goals you want to achieve.  I want you to feel the success.   I want you to feel the emotion of being scared.  I want […]

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Progress 

  
Define

Progress can be defined as to advance or develop toward a better, more complete, or more modern state.

 

Affirm

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 

 

Recall

A year ago, Michelle invited me to be a guest blogger for Restored Ministries. While extremely thankful, honesty I felt like I wasn’t in the best place to be able to pour into other people. My relationship with GOD at the time seemed to be somewhat shaky, I felt like my life was a little shattered, and I had a heart full of sorrow.    

 

Little did I know, this opportunity would lead to growth and progress in all areas of my life! I created goals in five key areas of my life. My life drastically improved. Let me share how this journey has impacted my…

 

FAITH: A year ago, my relationship with GOD and my faith relied heavily on what I thought was the right thing to do. At the time, I read the bible and fellowshipped because it looked good. I desired a true relationship with GOD; however I felt stuck. My goal for the year was to increase my faith and to let GOD’s light be so evident in me that others will see how amazing he is. Let me tell you, my faith has grown because the spirit moved me to study more, worship more, and love more.  

 

FAMILY: A year ago, my relationship with family members were volatile. It’s as if I felt like our love for one another had diminished. Additionally, because I lost my mother when I was young, I felt empty and motherless. I felt like Lereine was grandmother less. I prayed for the healing of my relationship with my family and I asked GOD to bring someone in my life that would love Lereine and I unconditionally like a daughter and granddaughter. Now, my family relationships are better and Lereine has not just one grandmother; but three grandmothers- she calls them “granny, nanna, and me-ma!” God is so good!

 

FINANCES: A year ago, I was playing catch up with my finances. Last year I was so behind on bills and I had loaned so much to other people, that I could not afford a Christmas for my daughter. I made a pledge to GOD- I said to him GOD, if I am a good steward of my finances; then will you please make it possible for my daughter to have a Christmas next year. This year, not only have I received a raise, my business is exploding, I have received new paying contracts—and yes, Lereine has a Christmas tree with gifts. I am so grateful!

 

FITNESS: Last year, I was physically tired, mentally tired. I was in a mental state of depression that affected my health. I didn’t have zest for life, and I was tired. I asked GOD to give me strength and to help me with my wellness goals. I now have energy and I am back to my old self again. Eating well, moving, and praising! I am thanking GOD for my progress as he is perfecting my health!

 

 

FRIENDS: After bouncing back from experiencing my greatest character building phase in life- I felt friendless. I felt like my relationships with others had faded or were put to rest. I felt like I had been carrying relationships that GOD no longer wanted me to carry. These relationships were heavy and burdensome. I asked GOD to show me who he wanted me to be around, I asked him for healthy relationships and good mentors. GOD made it apparent to me that not everybody is supposed go with me on my life’s journey. He made it clear that some relationships are about reasons, seasons, and lifetimes. I let go of a few relationships and let GOD direct me with the other relationships! Here I am growing strong with those that are supposed to go!

 

My life has progressed because I made a decision to grow closer to Christ. This opportunity has moved me from feeling shaky to being sturdy, feeling shattered to being satisfied, feeling sorrow to experiencing spunk. For those of you that have been on this journey with me for the past year, I thank you for allowing me to be tenacious, transparent, and transformed. Hopefully in addition to saving my own soul, I have been able to bless a few other people along the way!  

 

In the New Year, I encourage you to be diligent in growing closer to Christ. Let him do the work, so that others may witness your progress! I DARE YOU!

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for giving me your word. Thank you for allowing your word to be so deeply rooted, that when others see me, they see you! Thank for blessing me so that I can bless others!

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.

                 ~Lerec Monik 

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The Garden of Daily Living

  

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS: 

1. Peace of mind 
2. Peace of heart 
3. Peace of soul 

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 

1. Squash gossip

2. Squash indifference

3. Squash grumbling

4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE: 

1. Lettuce be faithful

2. Lettuce be kind

3. Lettuce be patient

4. Lettuce really love one another 

NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS: 

1. Turnip for meetings 
2. Turnip for service 
3. Turnip to help one another 

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN, YOU MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for God 

2. Thyme for each other 

3. Thyme for family 

4. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE 

AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. 

THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN 

BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

                     ~Author Unknown 

Jealousy 

  
Jealousy 

Is no friend of mine

It eats away at my insides to confine 

It takes and takes and never gives  

I can’t relate to it and live 

It mocks me all around 

with everything I see 

and leaves with no opportunity 

to live or love fully

Unfriend me 

you my enemy 

called jealousy

I see ….

          ~Michelle Knapton