Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Good Friends....

There is nothing like a good friend. You know the kind... the ones that know way too much about you and they love you anyway. The are there when you need them. They supply your needs... even when your pride is about to explode all over the two of you. And if that one applies to you... you know who you are and you know that I love you. We all need friends. But sometimes friends are hard to find. But there is one friend that longs to spend time with you. Of course... that is Jesus.

The Bible tells us that the Lord spoke to Moses, face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. (Exodus 33 :11) That is awesome. There are times when I know that God is speaking to me... it is never audible, but my spirit hears it just the same. Sometimes it is to comfort me... sometimes it is to correct me... sometimes it is to remind me of truth. No matter what it is... even when it is correction... I count it as a blessing. God speaking to me. Like a man speaks to a friend.

Jesus tells us in John 15:13,
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Of course He is speaking of himself. He follows up that statement with one that tells us exactly how to be considered his friend,

"You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last."

Now that is a great friend. First He loved us and chose us, then He lay down His life for us, then He makes known to us everything that His Father made known to Him. Wow! That is love.

I have some friends too... I love them. I am so thankful for them. They are true gifts to me from the Father... but I haven't lay down my life for them. But instead... I will give them a bloggy award.

I received my "Friend" award from Amanda at One Sacrifice For All Time. Thanks so much... I count it an honor to be called your friend.

I would like to award it to some of my friends here in bloggy land as well.....
Regina at Grinders Switch
Beverly at Moma's Blog Log
Pamela at The Pinkshoe Lady
Lelia at Write From The Heart
Tracy at My Cup Runneth Over
Amy at In My Life
Teri at A View From the Mountaintop
Paula at His Ways are Not our Ways

You ladies (and many more) mean the world to me. I love to hop over and see what the Lord is teaching you at the moment.
The requirements for this awards are:
"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find, and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

I love you all,

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Amy said...

Thank you, Lynn!


I count it an honor to be called your friend too.

God Bless,

Tanner's said...

Thank you for being a source of encouragement, your words have meant so much to me,

Kimberly said...

I just wanted to come by and say thank you so much for sharing your story with me about your ring! God is so good!

And I love this post about friends! I am so thankful for my friends. And I am ever so thankful and humbled to be the Lord's friend!

It is so nice to meet you! Hope you have a wonderful day!
K :)

Libby said...

I didn't get the email we were talking about for the bible study. I get so much junk mail, I delete alot without looking...did you already send it??
Thanks in advance, and thanks for the encouragement!!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Lynn
What a blessing you are!
I wanted to tell you that I ordered a new book about small bible studies. I was thinking about everything you told me about yours and I'm really seeking God wondering if He's wanting me to jump into something new here.
Thanks for being such an encouragement and tremendous blessing to so many!!!
Hope your having a great day!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I was just thinking this morning about how God speaks to me. So often, I call it my "gut instinct", but today, I began to think of my hunches as a bit more...a gentle prod and leading from my Father. (i.e. while writing my latest post, I "thought"...maybe I should look and see how this verse is translated in the Message version of the Bible; it's not my favorite, and rarely do I use it. However, it was just a nudge and when I found my son's copy of the Message nestled safely beneath my piles of other reference books, the verse broke open for me, and I immediately sensed that rather than it being a "hunch", it was God instead.)

Whew...a lot of info, but reading your post about our being friends with our Maker made me think of this.

God bless you bunches this weekend via your "hunches" and his voice!


Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

I agree with you here Lynn-you have picked many of the same bloggers I would have picked!


In His Graces~Pamela

Tracy said...

I'm so ashamed this has been posted for several days and I have missed it! Congratulations on that special, and well-deserved honor. You encourage and challenge me and countless others with your willingness to be real and true. I'm honored that you would share this with me. Thank you sweet friend. You're a gift to me!

Truth4thejourney said...

This was so sweet! I loved how you lead into the award. Having friends is such a gift from God.


Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey chicklet,
Cute award... you deserve it!! You are such an encouraging person and FOR REAL! ;)

I love the picture of your little dog on your sidebar... You have a WEENIE DOG!!! I love them! Except my friend Starla had one and it had a bad attitude! Is yours sweet?!
Have a beautiful day!