Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Friends the refresh us

So I was inspired or should I say “we” were inspired. We were going to do a bible study on Friendship… to be exact, “The Friends God Sends” but apparently God didn’t send anyone to do this bible study with us. The other half of us is Tonya. We thought it would be a great thing, and maybe our timing is not God’s timing and so… as far as I know… no bible study… maybe another time, maybe God feels I am not ready, and that is ok too.

But I decided to work on the bible study anyway. I need to start one, so what the heck, right? I love Beth Jones, I did an audio series of hers once. It was on Romans 12:2 which happens to be like my most favorite scripture, so WOO HOO… I am excited to start this new study, and I thought I would share some of it with you. Or at least what I am getting out of it or should I say what God is putting in me?
The first friend is the friend that refreshes us, they are the friends who are like Aromatherapy.

There have been so many times in my life when I have just been tired. Maybe it’s been while I am in school, maybe when work has been insane, sometimes when the road of life seems to be full of bumps. Have you just ever been so tired that you feel like you can’t go on, and then you get a card in the mail or you post your blog, and someone says “I’m praying for you”? And somehow it’s like wind was put in your sail.
Yesterday I was hanging out with my friend Derek, we both had extremely long and busy days. We were supposed to have dinner. He had to work late, I had to work late. We didn’t meet up until 8:45. (Neither of us got mad at the other, we just understand, we're in Automotive) Instead we spent an hour relaxing and talking. He knew I would be disappointed if he didn’t come for a visit, even a quick one, and he had to drive back to Port Huron to pack for Vegas. Now that’s a friend.
Derek and I have been friends for 5 years. He makes me laugh and smile, and sometimes irritates the crap out of me, but he’s great because just when he’s irritated me too much, he says something crazy and makes me just laugh, the kind of laugh, even if you are mad, you can’t hold it in.
There are so many people in my life that come in just in the nick of time to catch me and lift me up in prayer and in laughter.
Tonight is life group, and I get to see some of my favorite people in the world, Tonya & Jimmy, Sara and Dean. More freshening to my tired soul.
God is so good, isn’t He?

phil 1:7 7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

Good morning God, You've been working in the lives of the Thailanders and the people of Thailand, and even though we've only witnessed witnessed how You're working in pictures, we can imagine Your great work. Lord, You've placed a group of people who are strong, help them to unite their strength to be the team only You can do. Thank You in advance for the awesome Life Group we are having tonight. Lord, our hearts are open to Your word, Your works, and Your love oh Lord. Help us to make it an awesome night of Worshipping Lord, it is our hearts desire to give it all to You. You are so awesome, and we love You, with all we are. In Jesus' loving name. Amen.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Friend: somebody emotionally close to another:
A friend, what a beautiful thing!!!