Oct 22 2011

Through Thick and Thin

You know what they say, you can’t live with ‘em and can’t live without ‘em. Relationships are so great, you love them, you need them and yet they are so tough. 

I have been loving the Daily Devotion with Mark Hall from Casting Crowns this week.  He has been talking about friendships and even mending broken friendships.  

They’re just so important.  Maybe you have one of those friends that’s stuck with you no matter what or one that you wish you could say you’re sorry to and start over. 

I saw this thing the other day that women in their 40s and 50s are actually much  more optimistic about their lives that men.  Why?  Because they have good friends. 

It's not the number of friends they have, but it’s the quality and consistency.  Men of that same age are not as likely to have a strong support network. 

I’ve had those friends that no matter where I’ve moved to or what happened in my life still keep in touch.  We encourage each other and we call each other out when we’re not doing the right thing. 

I’ll never forget my friend, Chante, stopping me when I was headed the wrong direction in my life.  She was willing to put our friendship on the line for it too.  I’ll never forget that call, she said,

“You may never want to talk to me again, but that’s okay with me, I love you too much to let you do this.” Now that’s real.   I listened.  We are still friends. 

Tell me about a beautiful friendship in your life here or on Facebook.

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Oct 21 2011

He Will Hold Your Hand

Maybe you’ve heard this too, that just holding the hand of the one you love can make you feel less pain.  It’s not just emotional comfort, but studies show it makes a physical difference in your body. 

There’s a beautiful true love story of a married couple from Iowa that prove that holding hands does even more then lessen pain, it can sustain life.

Norma and Gordan got engaged the day, Norma, graduated from high school in 1939.   They have been married for 72 years. 

Last Wednesday they were in the car together headed into town when suddenly they had an accident.  It wasn’t good. They were gravely injured. 

Norma and Gordan were put in the same room in the ICU upon their sons request.  Although not able to speak to each other, they were holding hands. 

Their son, Dennis Yeager, said, "It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going.  But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."  

They both passed away.  Together.  Holding hands. 

Here’s another story from a listener, Amanda, on how holding hands has made a difference in her life too:  Thankful for my husband by K-LOVE Radio

Not that’s a real love story.  I actually think it’s a perfect picture of how God can be a part of your life.  He promises:

"For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." -Isaiah 41:13

If the comfort of a loved one can cause less pain and give you emotional comfort, imagine how much more God can make a difference in your life if you just let Him in.

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