Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bread for the Journey- Kathy

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
Two are better off than one, for they can help  each other succeed.
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone
who falls alone is in real trouble.
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm.
But how can one stay warm alone?
A person standing alone can be attacked or defeated, but two can stand
back to back and conquer.
Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
While working in my yard one day I noticed how tight and
strong the twisted main stem of my wisteria had become.
Those verses in Ecclesiastes came to mind.


True friends strengthen and help each other.
This past week I needed a listening ear, a caring heart and
someone I could count on to pray for me.
I had a friend I was able to call.
We've shared our hearts together many times,
and prayed for each other often.
We both know from past experience that God is our helper and friend.


I hope that you have friends you can reach out to,
and that you also are that friend who reaches out to others.
Jesus also wants to be your friend.
He designed the gift of friendship not only for our enjoyment,
but He knew we would need one another for support.

Bless someone this week through your friendship.
Strengthen your friendships like a twisted cord that can not be easily broken,
by inviting Jesus to be a part of them.

Anneliese and Lovella are attending church in Harrisonburg VA today.
They will be sharing in a morning Sunday School class 
about the journey God has taken us 10 women on together.
Pray for them as they continue on the book tour this week.









12 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing this scripture verse to life with a word picture. All of you women are wonderful and I know God will be with you all in your tours.

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  2. Good verse. But I don't have any friends that I can call and talk to. Even my husband is too busy with things to really be bothered when I need to talk.

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  3. I was saddened to read the comment from anonymous. I know at times we all feel like we have no one to talk to, but Jesus is a friend always and you can always talk to him. I wish I could listen to you, may you be blessed today in some way.
    Laura

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  4. I'm praying for the gals as they continue to share about the book and your journey....I'm also praying this morning for Anonymous. Sending her a warm hug of friendship through the internet. :)

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  5. Exactly the verses that I was thinking of writing a blog about this week. I too reached out...via email...to a couple of friends who live a distance away. Just the act of 'sharing the burden' with them already lifted it. And then to know that they were praying meant so much.

    Thanks, Kathy. And what a gorgeous wisteria photo!

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  6. I just read the comment by Anonymous and am praying for her as well...and my thoughts go to Proverbs 18:24, "... there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Praying that Anon experiences the presence and friendship of Jesus in a tangible way this very day!

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  7. I love your wisteria, Kathy, and the scripture it reminded you of !!

    I add my prayers for you , Anonymous, that the Lord will send a friend into your life...and also that He fill your empty longings...
    I send you a tight hug with love !!!!!

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  8. love this scripture and your interpretation of it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  9. Lovely analogy. I can honestly say that my husband is my best friend. Over the years, that friendship has grown even better than I could have imagined. There were times, years ago, when I could not have said that. We've been married 39 yrs and each year just gets better.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  10. wonderful post, it rings true now that I am separated from my family for 10 days.

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  11. What a treasure it is to have a true friend to depend on.

    Thank you for sharing this Kathy.

    Hugs to Annonymous. Praying God provides for your emotional needs of a friend to speak your heart to.

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  12. Dear Anonymous, thank you for stopping by here. I'm sorry that I did not respond to your comment sooner, but we just walked in the door from a few days away camping. I want you to know that you are very important to us here at MGCC, and we want to be a support and encouragement to you. I'm saddened to hear that you don't have someone to talk to. Thank you for sharing that here with us....we will pray for you and trust that God will provide you with a friend who has a listening ear and caring heart. I pray too that your husband will also take time to talk with you. It takes work to cultivate relationships. I have no idea what your situation is, but I know that when I take time to reach out in a way that is meaningful to my husband and pray for our relationship, it is always so much sweeter and time together becomes more precious. I also encourage you to find a church and become a part of a women's group. Relationships don't form over night, but over time as you share a little and also care about others needs and as you begin to pray for God to provide for your need.....He will. He made us for relationship....with Him and others. I will be praying for you. Remember, we as a group here care about your needs. You are not alone, there are many hurting and lonely people in the world, but God is able to fill your need.

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