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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10/22/2011 8:31:08 AM
Amy Saunders United States
Amy Saunders
I have a best friend named Brandi Bigelow. We have been friends for 15 years and I am 24 years old and she 23 years old. Brandi's family moved alot and sometimes it would be months at a time before we would get to speak to each other. We also were at church other birthday parties. I knew Brandi before I got saved and she took to a vacation bible at her church and that is when I accepted Christ in my life. Now that we are sister in Christ we pray for eachth other and our future husband that God will provide for us. I am blessed to say we both got to graduate high school together in 2006.It was hard when Brandi went to college 9 hours alway from me. I kept her in my prayers and I know she was praying for me. When she came back from college on one of breaks I told I had to tell her something and I know she could see me crying and tell that I was upset about something. She pulled me off to the side after church and I told her that my dad left my mom and me. I was struggling to get the words out she just grabbed and held on to me as I cried. I got all of my words and she say will be here for you. I have people say that they will be there for and they forget about me but when Brandi said that I knew she will be there for me. I love my friend Brandi if me and Brandi didn't I wouldn't found Jesus and have a great church family that is there for me. I LOVE YOU BRANDI!
10/22/2011 11:46:49 AM
Timothy United States
Timothy
   I was married for 19 years and ended last year. 3 children were caught up in it.  I tried to fix it in my selfnish and pride and found myself alone this past year. wow the memories I have and lost is beyond measure.  I'm glad that I found the lord and now living life for him but miss the kids so. I pray that my relationship between me and kids one day reunite.  God has forgiven me I just hope they can find in their heart that they can forgive me for leaving in the way I did but the source I have found one day I'm able to share with them.
10/22/2011 1:39:58 PM
mike todd United States
mike todd
This is one of my many testimonies of what my best friend , Jesus has and is doing in my life, God willing , I'll update my testimonies soon, for his Glory I have many to tell! www.christrespondsauthoritivelypersitentlypersonally.com/.../5918500-what-god-has-done-for-me-1-born-again
10/24/2011 9:58:28 AM
Christy Johnson United States
Christy Johnson
I have a g reat friend whom I love more than words can explain.  She is the one who introduced me to Klove, which in turn has brought me an amzaing relationship with Christ that I will for ever be in love with.  This Friday, October 28 2011, we will be celebrating her 30 days of sobriety.  She has been struggling with a pill addiction for many years.  She called me from jail and explained why she was in there and all I could say to her is "Praise the Lord, I've been praying that this would happen."  I knew by those statements that it was either going to break our friendship or help her get clean.  She didn't talk to me for almost a month.  Finally I God called me to stop by her house, since she wasn't taking my calls or texts.  I went there and she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, "I want to go home, I don't want to fight anymore.  I want to meet my father."  I smiled and knew that this would be the day she finally gave it all to him.  She has been climbing out of the hole since that very day.  She thanks me everyday for never stop loving her.  I told her, it wasn't me that gave me the strength it was all Christ.  She is finding herself again, and I have my dear friend, someone whom I dub my sister, back.  I have needed her more than either her or I knew.  I pray everyday, I thank Him for his work and letting her come back to me.  

Amanda,
I love listening to you and your struggles.  I know that struggles are never a fun thing to go through, but they are exciting, because we come out stronger and better.  Thank you for opening your heart to all us sinners out here.
10/25/2011 8:16:56 AM
Cathy United States
Cathy
I totallyunderstand about single and no sports.  I asked  my husband to leave in July after 38 years of marriage.  I didn't like either one of the women he has had in the last few yrs.  I actually kid to cover the pain.  This one is 15 yrs. younger.  It is over & we are in divorce proceedings.  My heart is breaking - along with my grown 2 sons.  God bless you in your single role.  God carries me - one day at a time.  "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."  Cathy
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