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Bread for the Journey



Friends

Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
Proverbs 27:9 MSG

 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ESV

Friendships are a wonderful gift to us from God...offering love, encouragement, companionship, validation, understanding, honesty, forgiveness and so much more.  I have a few life-long friends, and what a blessing they are.  Today I am especially thankful for the group of friends pictured here that I have only come to know over the past decade as we came together to be a part of this blog. None of us could have known what a gift we would be to each other. 

Over these past years we have been there for each other, encouraging and strengthening one another in our faith.  We have prayed, laughed and cried together. We have supported one another through sickness, loss and the hardships that came our way. We have celebrated the big events of life together.  We know how to have fun! We have found joy in serving and worshiping God together.
Life is a journey, one that we are to walk as Jesus walked. Today I am thankful for these godly friends who have walked alongside me these past years.  How wonderful to know that our friendship is not just for here and now, but that one day we will be together with Jesus Christ in eternity.
  
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.  Phil. 1: 3-6 MSG

10 comments:

  1. Ah, you do have a very special group and I love you all and this blog. Y’all do a good job of sharing nourishment not only for our body and eyes but also for our soul. I really do appreciate each one of you!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, for your encouraging words today and throughout the years! We are celebrating ten years here on the blog, and posted our last new recipe on Friday. Check back tomorrow for our final 'celebration post'.

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    1. The blog will remain as an on-line cookbook', but we will not be posting new recipes going forward.

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  3. You truly are a very special group of friends and have blessed so many because of it! Love you all and shall miss my daily reads. So glad we can still stay connected in other ways. Many blessings to you all ...

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    1. Thank-you! And you have been such an encouragement to us! It was so nice to meet you face-to-face and yes, let's stay in touch.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear that you ladies will be "going off the air". I've enjoyed your recipes every day and your Bread for the Journey every week. It may be tiring for you but for me it has been refreshing. Will you be publishing another cookbook? Hope everything is well with all of you ladies.

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    1. Thank-you for your kind words. Yes, all is well with with us! We are looking forward to what lies ahead. And...there are no plans at this time for another cookbook. :)

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  5. Some things just never end... Amen!

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    1. 'Friends are friends forever...if the Lord's the Lord of them.' Amen.

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