Posts Tagged ‘friend’

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, nothing is going right.
You’ve got a friend.
When the sky above you turns dark and full of clouds and that old North wind begins to howl.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend when people can be so cold, they’ll hurt you and desert you, they’ll take your soul if you let them, but don’t you let them. – Carol King

Jesus is the name to call on when you’re feeling lonely, hurt and unloved as so many are today. And while His love for you is enough, it won’t be the only love you’ll find. He’ll bring special friends around to love and encourage you. Call His name out loud, let people know you are hurting if they’re cold they weren’t friends if they come running, let them in.

The world’s trying to redefine what a friend is; the word is getting watered down so much we’re having a hard time knowing who our friends are. Isolation is the goal under the guise of connectedness. Let’s not be fooled. Thank you friends.

Oh people, look around you
The signs are everywhere
You’ve left it for somebody other than you
To be the one to care – Jackson Browne, Rock Me on the Water

We’re to be the ones who care! The entire world is in desperate need of someone to show them they’re cared for. No one you come in contact with today doesn’t need a smile, doesn’t want to have some concern shown or couldn’t use a friend. Sure they may not show it but you know the truth.

What if there’d been just ten people who cared for the folks in Sodom or Gomorrah?

Your life is brilliant; shining in places you are completely unaware. The people you so beautifully care for pass your love along to others you don’t even know. Your selflessness is renowned and speaks to the world around that Jesus is real, that you know Him and that they can too. You welcome those that are unwelcome, you love the unloved and you are not afraid of those different than you or of their problems. Thank you! It’s an honor to call you dear friend.

Rejection is all around; we’ve all experienced it and know its pain. But how often do we look for those around us that could use a smile, a hug and a friend? Each day we’re given chances to counter the lies of rejection faced by folks near to us. Let’s not miss those chances today.

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

We’re completely blown away by the goodness of God. His love is so evident in and through the incredible people He’s surrounded us with, thank you Lord, thank you friends.

God is never more tangible than when we see Him through those that love us.

The connection, the one of a kind relationship and unconditional love that we all desperately crave, can only be found through an intimate relationship with our God, our Creator, our Heavenly Father. It’s out of the abundance of this union that we are able to be a portion of His love to those around us. The beauty of these relationships is deeper and richer than we could’ve hoped for before realizing how God truly feels about us. We can’t help but want those near us to know and experience what we’ve found. We can be the evidence that stands staunchly against the lies that we’re all confronted with each day. We can be the kind of friends and family that we only dreamed we could find.

Our son Max played a song for me yesterday by Ray LaMontagne. It’s about being the kind of friend I so very much want to be and am so thankful to have. The song’s called Let it be Me and I hope you can hear it by clicking here.

One of the great joys in life is experiencing the power of friendship. There are few things better than reconnecting with friends where time and circumstance have caused separation and finding that the friendship is as warm and real as ever.

The wind blows in Amarillo pretty much all the time. If you’re not accustomed to it, it makes many things way more difficult. You can’t just put something down and expect it to be there when you turn back around. A life pursuing an intimate relationship with God is like Amarillo, there is always wind but we can get used to it, expect it and even take comfort from it. We can lean in when facing its opposition or make extra progress when it’s at our back. It can also be like our new friend Ken said today, “When it’s a hundred and five you come to appreciate it.”