Friends

Thank You God for My Friends

Have you ever wondered about this scripture?  Why would the Lord put such high value on teaching about greater love and laying down your life, especially for your friends?  Could it be that we may learn the most important lessons in this life because our friends come in such varieties, and they are not the familiarity of family.  Not one of Jesus’ twelve disciples was a close family member* and all of the twelve were so diverse and so different in personality, life backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses.  Could there ever be a more motley crew?  Lazarus, Mary and Martha were very close friends to Jesus, He wept when Lazarus died.

Friends are so important to our lives, they walk with us through hardships and heartbreak, through great rejoicing and successes. They are a deep necessity in faithfulness, encouragement, unconditional love, and loyalty, they are the ones we cherish and love with deep roots of commitment.  We  need friends to walk beside us, sometimes holding our hand through this journey. Sometimes friends fall into our lives, some we meet through mutual interests, and then there the ones that God sends our way specifically.

One day while spending time with the Lord and feeling separated from those closest to me; I began to pray.  I prayed for a new friend that would be loyal and always there for me, who would never be too busy to not want to spend life together.  God answered me in two days.  You know the Lord has a sense of humor, right? He divinely smiles when He chooses the answers to our prayers.  Well, He sent Janice into my life; she was one wild child, passionately in love with Jesus, though a little rough around the edges – a diamond in the rough.  I knew instantly she was the one.  (God is still smiling), Janice was not what I expected at all.  She was a recovering 35-year drug addict, stripper, and male companion – things I couldn’t even relate to, but there is a fire for knowing God in her heart.  Our commonality was Jesus.  She has the most loving heart, a deep desire for learning more of the kingdom, faithful, full of joy, willing to do whatever God asks of her, a prayer warrior, and always there for me. The Lord showed me how much Janice is greatly loved by Him and my heart changed knowing that.  I have never known anyone like her and I know that she will be a life time friend.  Don’t judge by outward appearance, God looks on the heart, and He knows you better than yourself.  So if He picks a friend for you, they will be perfect.

We need the companionship of a friend, if not many. We are not an island, but a community of believers who do life together.  If you need friends, just ask the Father to send you the perfect people who will fill your life with fellowship and love. Of course, Jesus is the One who sticks closer than any brother or personal friend, who will never leave you or forsake you, who is with you always.  You need both!

If you want to read an excellent book on friendship, that is so clear and thoughtful, read, The Power of a  Positive Friend, by Karol Ladd and Terry Ann Kelly. Available on Amazon Kindle.

Here are some friend quotes:

We can never replace a friend.  When a man is fortunate enough to have several, he finds they are all different.  No one has a double in friendship.  -Friedrich von Schiller

A true friend is the gift of God, and He only who made hearts can unite them. -Robert South

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payments. -Frances Farmer

He who is true to one friend thus proves himself worthy of many. -Anonymous

Dear Lord, my friends have been to me,  Interpreters of love divine,  And in their kindness I have seen, Thine everlasting mercy shine… -Martha Shell Nicholson

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Consider these scriptures:

♥  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

♥  “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” -John 15:15

♥  “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” – John 15:14

♥  “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17

 

  • Some say that many of the disciples were Jesus’ cousins…I don’t know.

 

Recent Art

Painting and Mixed Media

This is one rainy day of seven more that are coming.  The drought is definitely over in California.  I have nowhere to go while the rain falls, so I’m working in my studio on new art work and different techniques; using pastels, watercolors, collage papers, foils, oil pastels, Pitt pens, spray inks, and anything I can find that grabs my imagination.  I am evolving.  My style and progression of all things creative are changing by the day.  I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve done in the past six months, basically focusing recently on angels.  There are more in the works.

Please leave a comment of what you think.  Love you and have a blessed day!

 

New Year 2017

New Year Goals and Plans

January is already half over and I am just beginning to set my goals and purposes for the year.  The holidays were too busy to even bother with what might happen for an entirely new season.  I had to pray!!! My heart was desiring something new (2017), without the complications and constant interruptions of what life has been like for almost two years.  My focus of the year is destiny; what it will look like, how the Spirit will lead me in it, what can I do to help it happen, and renewing my mind and ideas to a “new” thing so I can walk in what I know.

Usually, I start out with my annual “Vision” board full of ideas and themes.  This year I did a small mixed-media painting with basic dreams and inspiration. (See last year’s board below).

2017

2016

I have high hopes and expectations for this new year.

What is the one word that will keep you inspired and focused these coming days.  I choose one theme word every year like joy, or grace, love, worship, etc. and this year it is the word DARE.  Part of my personality to be pushing through, taking more than risks, and finding freedom in stepping out into the unknown with determination.  I started a new journal for 2017 and one of the first pages I doodled my theme word.

(It reminds my of Brene Brown’s book titled Daring Greatly – excellent read!)

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Bullet Journaling

Something new in my life is bullet journaling.  I’ve journaled most of my life and it has been a wonderful blessing since I can recall all the Lord has spoken to me and seeing my family and me grow in amazing ways!  I love to write!

In journaling though, I was frustrated at times because I had to keep a separate calendar, to-do lists, schedules, and my journaling.  I wanted it to be combined so I could journal thoughts, action plans, quotes, and so much more.  I know I usually come to the party late (meaning I don’t catch on to the latest fad when it starts, but discover things as I go),  and recently I found what I was looking for….Bullet Journaling!

At first it seemed too complex and structured (which I’m normally not) but it kept coming back to me like a boomerang.  People were blogging about it, tons of pins on Pinterest, Youtube videos – literally it was chasing me.  Finally, I looked deeper and I was intrigued by the all-in-one aspect of its purpose.  Going to the website of the originator of Bullet Journaling (bulletjournal.com, click the watch the video button) I wanted to see what birthed this concept.  In watching the video it made me more convinced that I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life, it was so complicated to my way of doing things and said, “I’d never!”  Not one to give up, I kept going in my attempt to understand and watched Kara of Boho Berry’s video: https://youtu.be/QD08sNRQkpk and found a more creative side to all this hubbub, then there is the man’s perspective:  A Dude’s Bullet Journal Walkthrough…Matthew Kent: https://youtu.be/k8tyB7RS284.

You can see Kara’s transition through many months including her second bullet journal, (her life culture is different, but I’m looking at the concept behind the focus re: bullet journaling), and I finally said, “I can do that!”

Not wanting to spend all the money for the supplies that are recommended, especially if I got bored with it, and found out it was more work than I had time for.  So I began by using things I already had (Thanks, Dave Ramsey!).  – a mixed-media art journal with only 60 pages, something limited so I could stick it out to the end (the  paper in this book is heavy enough to stand up to ink bleeds and paint), my favorite pen: Uniball Signo 207 Bold, watercolor paints, stencils, and stamps (so far).  I really am working on my handwriting again, I used to do lots of calligraphy but lost my touch from lack of use, so I get to practice all over again.

Here are a few pages that I have done so far and I’m loving every minute of entries (some pages are edited due to personal information, but you’ll get the content:

This is my old style journaling, with just tidbits of color and just regular journal entries.

 

Sorry, I over edited this page and a cloud screened most of it dark.

January calendar and tasks for the month, Yearly Goals (though it will get longer)!

Three days this week.

I have so many things I want to do in this journal and can’t wait to fill it all in.  Meeting my goals and tasks everyday is really helping me to stay on track and be successful.  I am so happy!!!!  Being accomplished and productive is really healing and inspiring….especially to have more vision and purpose.

Be sure to watch the mentioned videos and know that you don’t have to be perfect, just love what you do .