Spending time with the ultimate BFF

11 12 2011

Nowadays, people make promises to be a best friend forever. We have good intentions to be a true friend to someone. We hope special friendships will never end. In spite of our good intentions, relationships have difficulties at times. Sadly, sometimes friendships end. They aren’t always forever.

There is One Friend who will truly be a friend forever. A trusted Friend. One we can have forever – past this life.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read a devotional I wrote (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).  This recent devotional is entitled, “When We Encounter Barriers Remember There Are None Surrounding God”

Many of us wish the weeks leading up to Christmas weren’t so busy. We want to spend more time reflecting on the true meaning of the holiday.

How do you find time to focus on the story of Christ’s birth?


30 10 2011

Visiting other people’s blogs and communities can be addictive.  It’s been wonderful meeting other Christians online.
Reading about how they live their faith in their families, at work,
during daily routines is encouraging.  It’s a fun pastime.

Since I’m fairly new at social networking, I don’t have many followers.
It takes work to get more followers. That kinda made me
feel frustrated.

But during my devotions one morning, I felt much better about the concept of following.

I’ve been reading A. W. Tozer’s books.  I just finished Experiencing the Presence of God and started The Pursuit of God.

In The Pursuit of God, Tozer speaks of diligently following after
God.  I considered the blessings I’d have if I put the same amount of time and energy into following after God as I do in trying to build my social networking followers.

Many parents speak the same language as their tech-savvy kids.  So,
here’s a social networking analogy.

Heavenly Networking:

‘Follow’ Christ

“Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me’”     Mark 8:34

“‘Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.””  John 12:26

Heavenly ‘Friend’

“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham
believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend’”   James 2:23

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’”  Luke 5:20

“You are My friends if you do what I command.”  John 15:14

‘Like’ Him

Cling to Him:

“I cling to you; Your right hand upholds me.”  Psalm 63:8

Fellowship with Him:

“Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”  1
John 1:3

“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”  1 Corinthians 1:9