Month: October 2013

7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship Part 1

God recognized man’s need for relationship when He created a companion for Adam in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” We need godly relationships in our lives to strengthen and encourage us. Here are 7 bible guarantees for friendship.

  1. God’s Word guarantees that you will have friends if you show yourself friendly. {Proverbs 18:24  A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.} You will have quality friends if  you make the effort to always be friendly.
  2. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends make you stronger {Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. } As you grow in your relationship with God and pursue godly relationships, the friends you choose to surround yourself with will either move you closer to or father away from your goals. Good friends will sharpen you, because they are moving int he same direction as you.
  3. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends will help you realize your potential. {Proverbs 20:5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;
    a wise person draws from the well within} 
    God has a unique purpose for you. Good friendships will help you achieve all that God has planned for your future.
  4. God’s Word guarantees that true friends will stick with you no matter what. {Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,
    and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.}
    Fair weather friends will leave at the first sign of trouble. But true friends do not change their attitude towards you just because negative circumstances arise.

Part 2 coming soon! 😉

Notes thanks to:  The Little Black Book by Blaine Bartel

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

Restoring Your Relationships

Relationships arent easy, they’re risky and we’re often disappointed by the choices that other people make… Its not just parents that are sad for there kids. Also watching close friends, valued neighbors, family members struggle is painful too. To often, we either say nothing or get irritated when their pain gets in our way. But love doesn’t sit back and watch. Love doesn’t celebrate someone else’s struggles… Love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.  I’ve found one of the greatest ways to experience restoration in my own life is to help restore someone else. Here is a enlightening scripture on this subject:

Galatians 6:1-3 (MSG)

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

 

Think on these questions:

  • Who in your life is hurting and needs to be restored?
  • Prayerfully consider two practical things you could do today and help them in this process. Write them down

Try this:

  • Think of someone you see/talk to everyday. Ask God to give you a simple, clear way to speak a loving, restoring word to them.

Notes thanks to: Love Life Women’s Conference Devotional Journal by Joyce Meyer

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

 

Random Photos…

Was walking around my house a few days ago and was taking random shots… Some caught my interest! Check it out:

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Our strawberries that are finally producing 🙂

 

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Rusted chain already? Lol 😉

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Hard fall… 😉 Don’t think I will be trying that…

 

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Neighbor’s dog trying to get in the photo shoot! 😀

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Splashing in the puddles…

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Beautiful reflection!

 

Hope you enjoyed these random things that caught my interest! Lol

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth