True Friendship

I had been on vacation a missed a couple of Sunday services at my own church, but had gone to my sister’s church where I was visiting.  This was my first Sunday back at my own church.

I had missed some of my friends who I get to see every Sunday, but everyone needs to refresh themselves with a vacation.  Thinking about one of my best friends I usually sit with and hoping he would be there this morning made me extra excited about worship.

As I was walking in with my grandson, I was greeted by friends with smiles and great love.  I was already feeling awesome and this just took me over the top. Suddenly, I seen him and he had seen me.  We ran to each other and hugged for a long time. It was awesome. It was like seeing an old friend after an extended period of time.  I asked him to wait so I could take my grandson to children’s church, so we could sit together.

Once in the service, we made sure we found seats together and began worshipping our Heavenly Father together.  What a great friendship to have with someone. I am thankful for our friendship and I thank God for him.

This made me think about my friendship with God. This is how God feels about me!  He loves me and misses me when I’m distant from him. And when I “let go and let God”,  I run to Him and He catches me in His arms and we hug for a long time. Then we sit and have a long conversation about how much He missed me and how He wants me to stay close to Him.

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. God teaches us to love Him and love others.  Matthew 22:37-39 – Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (NIV)

God brings people and takes people out of our friendship circle.  People who love us, support us, pray for and with us, who are honest with us and stick by us.  He loves us and wants us to be reminded that we are loved, cared for, and wanted by Him and our friends.

 

If you are seeking that kind of friendship, God wants you to know that He is waiting for you and He loves you!

Reality Check

People go around saying you need a reality check.  Well, what they don’t realize is that everyone’s reality check is different.

Whatever you are living, whatever your goals, whatever your dreams are, is your reality.  If you get off track, then your reality check is to reassess your whatever’s and get them back on track.  What you do will be different from others and how you get them back on track will be different. You can’t look at other people and do what they do.  You have to do what is best for your whatever’s.

Make a list (pro/con), think with your heart and your head, write down your goals and dreams and how you will get there.  Dream BIG! Make sure these are your ideas and not someone else. Devote time to prayer and ask God what His goals and dreams for your life are.  His plans are way better than yours and His journey is way more exciting.

Jeremiah 29:11  New International Version (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Ephesians 2:10 New International Version (NIV)

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God has already prepared and planned our lives for us.  We just have to follow him to follow our destiny. Now that’s a Reality Check!

 

Doors

I’ve had a lot of experiences with doors lately.  Whether it was a door for me or a door for a friend, doors bring choices where decisions have to be made.

Closed Doors

Some doors are closed.  They’re not your door or it is closed for right now.  STOP BANGING! This door will not open for you no matter what you do or how long you wait.  You will get frustrated and angry and upset and discouraged.

Advice:  Continue with the life you have now and when it’s time this door will open.  And whatever is behind it will belong to you and only you, IF you choose to it.

Open Doors

Some doors are open.  They’re doors that are for you and only you.  These doors are scary, exciting, make you nervous and wonder.  These are doors you have to make a decision to go through or not.  FAITH and TRUST is required at this door. You have to be BRAVE! You could decide to walk through or you could decide not to walk through.  It’s your choice.

Advice:  Walk through the door.  It’s what you’ve been waiting for!  It’s new and scary and different, but it’s what you’ve prayed for.  It is hand-picked just for you and no one else! God has been saving it for just the right time.  NOW!

Swinging Doors

Swinging doors exist, but these doors aren’t true doors.  These doors aren’t from God. These are doors we create ourselves because we can’t make a decision about what to do about something.  We’re on the fence, we’re taker-backers (giving something away and then taking it back) and we don’t share with this door. These doors cause a lot of problems for our lives.  Problems we create and then try to fix. DISASTER!

Advice:  Don’t create a swinging door!  Make decisions based on an open door or a closed door.  Don’t make your life harder than it already is. An abundant life doesn’t require any drama, but it does require work, love, trust, faith which will bring you peace!

These Doors bring us two choices:

Closed doors- walking away or waiting

Open doors-   walking through or walking away

This Door only gives us one choice:

Swinging doors- walking back and forth continuously

When given a choice, making a decision is hard.  Make a list, talk to friend, pray, etc. Know you who you are and your true self.  Make your decision based on you, what’s best for you and what is at your door. Whatever you choose becomes your life now!