To me, friends are equal to family. I make few friends but adopt them fully invested into my family and personal space. My friends are always fully welcome to anything of mine and they are exceedingly precious to me. I am not sure if being brothers/sisters in Christ has made my friendships so much more powerful with that essentially deep spiritual connection. The reason I do not know is that no close friend I have adopted has ever been an unbeliever/unsaved. So I do not know for certain but I am pretty sure it plays a strong role in bonding. Thank you, beautiful friends. I pray for you and love you and am here if ever you need me. ❤
To reap the spiritual and emotional benefits of increased intimacy with Jesus, fast and pray.
I am fasting and praying once a week now because time is precious and greater intimacy with Jesus is just that amazing.
We as Christians really need to make that a habit. It is a beautiful sacrifice to Jesus as you pray and He feels like He is in the same room as you pray on an empty stomach, dependent on Him for energy and prayer.
I cannot tell you properly how special prayer time is with Jesus as you fast. You really need to find out for yourself. And with so much going on in the world, sooner is better.
Praise God! May His name be praised in all the earth! ❤❤❤
Jesus meets us where we are as we are. All He needs from us is a humble heart that allows Him in. That is it. The rest does not matter, He happily does the rest of the work out of His enormous love and grace.
For example, when He met and changed me recently, I had been a hot mess. Seriously, I was lost and depressed, having lost my daddy and two close friends I absolutely loved. I was depressed, trying to survive while raising two kids full time and caring for a home and husband who was very mean to me. And I broke before God, realizing I had nothing left I could muster. I humbly said, “Ok, help me.” Huge prayer right there. Then it began. The good work.
He put it in my heart if I had to sleep alone that I would be covered by Jesus and reassured He never left me or forsook me. He put the notion of a quilt and I hand-stiched every block and applique and border and everything to include 5 blocks in the center that depict the life of Jesus. I put crosses and hearts on the corners and our family in there and have been covered by Jesus every night since. As I stiched, Jesus was healing me. I was changing.
Then He kept me wanting to read the Bible. I could not get enough. And I prayed and prayed. I walked with Him alone and had great conversations. I cried a lot. Then I fasted and prayed and deepened my relationship with Jesus. And here we are today, and I am ready to go to heaven anytime He is ready to snatch us up out of here.
And it is all from Jesus meeting me where I was in a broken mess with my tiny humble prayer and acceptance of Him. Jesus comes to us and is big and wise and loving enough to take care of us and meet us where we are. There is no holy pill to swallow, no formalities we need to do, no sacrifice we first must make except that ego. We must humbly pray and accept Him. Then He meets us in whatever else we got into and fixes everything. Yes, we may have work to do but it is easy with His help. ❤
There must be an enormous generosity in place within two conversationalists in order for hearing and understanding to occur. Both have to be humble enough to receive information and process it in the context it was meant. If one or both are too full of self/pride, either the hearing will be faulty or the understanding/wisdom within the context will be flawed. This flawed understanding happens in sublings, friends, marriages, nations, leaders, business, and it is never a good thing. This is one of many reasons God emphasizes the maintenance of humility as a characteristic we strive to live. God knows the importance of humbleness in communication and understanding, and really, what good comes from misunderstandings? So God knows what He is doing and please attempt to remain humble for His sake and that of all those around you. Everyone wins.❤
When you need a rest, why not take one without any tech and with a friend or with family? Just a picnic or a visit and chat or just a road trip enjoying God’s scenery will do.
That is what we did today and it was beautiful! Lovely to see the last of my grandparents’ generation. I got to visit with the sweetest ladies, my Great Aunt Evelyne and Ellen, her roomate. They are in their 80’s and still full of life and spirit and love. Both are retired missionaries to Haiti, having worked together to minister and work an orphanage. My great aunt had never married and Ellen’s husband died some years ago. And our day with them was peaceful and encouraging and uplifting. People who neglect our forebears do themselves and these wise people an injustice. How beautiful our day!!! How we live them!!❤
Well, our grandson is 2 months old now and we haven’t seen him since he was born. And we have been missing them and our granddaughter.
So today we get a call that Steve’s daughter needs a sitter for him. She is in school now but the baby needs looking after. So amazing!
We get to care for our grandson two days a week. We have to do a bit of rearranging but we are super excited! God is so good!❤
This was a gift sent to me from a good friend and sister and fellow mother. What a great reminder that we are never alone on our journey. We have the Lord and each other. Always remember and cherish and nurture that.❤