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Friendship

           While cleaning my flower garden the other day, I saw my garden stone, given to me by a dear friend many years ago.  She and I had worked together during a stressful time in both our lives, and God used that friendship to gird us up and better prepare us to face the rough seas.  Looking at that stone, I was reminded of the verses from Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”
         I’ve been blessed by many precious friendships throughout my life and as I post this “Moment in Time”, my mind is actively calling up from the past, the many faces of those dear friends.  “As iron sharpens iron, so one [person] sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).  As I think of some of those friendships, I recognize that God sent them to me to make me become a better person.  One friendship from long ago was that of encouragement and understanding.  In 1987, I wrote of that friendship, “

Treasured Moments
Some here, some there
Along the journey of life,
Over a period of time –

Shared experiences,
 trials,
joys and sorrows 

These moments, when gathered together
Create a fragrant bouquet which we call –

Friendship. 

             Today as I reflect upon the journey of life, I pause to thank God for the many blessings God has sent me in the form of friends.  In every church where my husband and I have served, we’ve established life-long friends.  We have dear friends who have made their homes in foreign lands for the purpose of serving the Lord as full-time missionaries.  Precious friendships have been established in neighborhoods where we’ve lived, in the schools where I’ve taught, in our RV Park, in jobs where God has placed us.  Though we seldom see many of these friends, they are ever near to our hearts.
            Acquaintances come and go throughout our lives, but friendships – they are the fragrant bouquet that enriches our lives forever.  Sometimes a friend is given to us as a gift for a season, sometimes for a lifetime, but all are treasures, and gifts from God. I thank God today, for you, my dear friends.

Cold Waters for Thirsty Souls

Proverbs 25:25  “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

     Just the other day my husband and I sat at our campsite – quietly – meditatiing on all the sounds of the forest around us.  There were many – and yet our hearts did not hear the one sound we longed for most – laughter, and the sounds of friendly conversation.  It has been a quiet time for both of us.  We each go to our jobs where there is laughter with the children and the teachers- but the evenings are very quiet.  God heard the desires of our hearts and on Friday evening, life-long friends of my husband came to our campground for the weekend.  These friends share most of their life history with each other.  There were elementary school memories, boy scouts, youth trips at church, shared stories of favorite (and not so favorite) teachers through the years.  All the families going on camping trips together, and the antics and of their youth made for delightful conversation.  The four of us went out to eat together, visited in each others’ “home-on-wheels”, and then spent the next day walking across Paines Prairie discovering how it felt to be up close and personal with about 20 bison, an active gator, a couple of garden snakes, and a few wild prairie horses.  The laughter was contagious, abundant, and wonderful.  We capped off the evening with a cook-out and then hours of Rook ( I think the girls won) but who was really keeping score!  As the week-end drew to a conclusion, we shared a circle of prayer and all left the weekend behind with a refreshment in our hearts.  Truly, this has been like cold refreshing waters to our thirsty souls.

     As I reflect upon the simplicity of this verse, I wonder who in my circle of influence might need a drink of refreshing water.  Perhaps just a smile, a shared laugh, or an encouraging hug is what is needed.  Maybe it’s time I write a short note, send a card, or cook up a batch of cookies.  I’m sure there is someone who, like me, is thirsty for cold waters for their thristy soul.

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