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Friendship Survey

I took a Friendship survey yesterday. Since I have a hard time remembering sometimes how I answer questions I need to put my answers in a place I can find them, which is here, which means you will be reading this post, but it is more for me to look back on. Yes, a journal would work, but then I have to dig through them. Friendship is very important to me, I love my friends and God has blessed me with many women who consider me their friend. I have written on the subject, but forgot what category I put it under. See...I'm forgetful. Guess it's time to make a friendship category. Here are my answers...you may be surprised by some of my answers and if you want clarification on why I answered the way I did I would love to chat with you about...friendship. I wrote my answers rather quickly...it was late,there were still some late night chores to do, and I wanted to finish before bed, so I just answered the questions like taking a test.
  1. What does a close friendship look like? A close friendship is two people who are interested in each other's lives. it is two-sided.
  2. What are the main characteristics of a healthy friendship? Honesty, integrity, and transparency are very important characteristics of a healthy friendship. I can be "me" and not worry if my hair is all over the place, my makeup is still in the bag, or if the bathroom is clean if they come to the door un-announced. 
  3. How many close friends do you have? God has blessed me with many close friends. Narrowing it down though to 4-5like Jesus, he had an inner circle of three.
  4. How many friends can you depend on to 'speak truth into your life'? I can depend on 2-3 to speak truth into my life
  5. What elements lead to a broken friendship? Lack of communication, one-sided communication, gossip, lying, gossip, not making time to spend time with each other, gossip.
  6. How important are your friendships? Many years ago girlfriends had taken the place of the Lord in my life. Friendship had become an idol and God in His infinite wisdom and care for me removed everyone I was close to by moving us away from family and friends. People had a hold on my heart, I had put people where Jesus was supposed to be, at the center of my life. I love people and having friends, but they are no longer first in my life. 
  7. Do you struggle with loneliness? Yes, I have struggled with loneliness most of my adult life, not as much though in the past couple of years.
Is friendship important to you? How would you answer these questions? You can head over to Kimberly Wagner where she is discussing the topics of friendship and loneliness. Would love to chat with you my friends on any topic!! Happy Thursday.

A Desolate Place to Pray

In Luke 5:1-16, a leper is healed by Jesus.  Sounds like Jesus had a busy day as verse 15 says
"great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities."
But verse 16 tells from where he draws his strength to go on for another day,
"But he would withdraw to desolate places to pray."
Cross references indicate this was a continual practice for Jesus.  With increasing numbers in the crowd that followed him and the demands on his time, even our Savior found he needed to spend considerable times in prayer.  This reminded me of 1 Thessalonians 5:17;
"...pray without ceasing." A few questions came to mind as I studied the Luke passage...
  • Am I in an attitude of prayer throughout my day?
  • Is my day marked by ongoing fellowship with God?
  • Am I aware of being in God's presence throughout the day?
  • What keeps me from spending time in God's presence on a regular basis?
  I answered some of these questions by going to God's Word to use as my compass in praying. I pray God would...
  • teach me the meaning of His statutes,
  • fill me with Spirit so I will always keep them
  • help me understand His instruction
  • help me love His law with all my heart,
  • help me take pleasure in the path God has set before me.
  • help me to stay on the path He has set me on.
Praying God would turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, turning my heart to the Lord and not to material gain.Longing for your decrees. Give me your heart O God.(Ps. 119:33-40) And a desolate place to pray. Another excellent message by my favorite pastor. Motherhood and the Bible. Women love the BIble.  

Farming Lessons

It's that time of year when the farmer sows his seed. I was reminded of the planting process on my recent visit to the Midwest. When my dad was still farming it seemed he started working on his machinery mid-March, getting plows and planters ready for the field. Weather permitting, he was in the field sometime in April. He planted corn and soybeans, hopefully getting the seed planted by mid to late May. Then he waited. If he worried if it would rain or not rain, or if it was hot enough to make the seed sprout, I never knew. If he fretted about the wind or possible tornadoes that would take out a crop within in seconds, I didn't know that either. The farmer plants...then waits. This spring in Iowa has not been friendly to the farmer. The week I was there some fields were full of seed in the ground while others waited. It snowed several inches, then it rained thinking we were going to need an ark. If the planted seed did not get enough warmth to germinate it would rot in the ground and have to be planted all over again. Would it do any good for the farmer to worry? Would fretting, worrying and swearing at the rain make the snow and rain stop? I didn't hear any swearing, but I'm guessing with those conditions it's possible. I also heard a sermon on Matthew 6:34.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
The point of the sermon was if I am worrying then I am not trusting my heavenly Father who clothes the lilies of the fields and feeds the sparrows, which by the way are a nuisance to farmers. If God cares about flowers and birds  He will take care of everything I need. Does worrying add anything to my life or change anything? (Luke 12:25) No. I'd rather live in peace (John 14:27; Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:16) I want to trust God knows best whether it is raining, snowing or clear blue skies, and waiting on Him. (Isaiah 40:31)