Reflections: A Wonderful Friendship

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This month is sometimes considered the month of love and friendship due to Valentine’s Day being on the 14th of February. This month can also remind some people of the fact that they are alone if they are not near family and friends. This pandemic has only increased the number of people that are feeling lonely.

There is a cure to this feeling of loneliness. Jesus Christ is the answer. He is available to be a friend and is available at all times. When you put your faith in him and ask him to save you from hell forgiving you of your sin he then becomes your closest friend. The hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus” is a great reminder of this friendship.

Jesus Christ is the one we must go through to reach God. God listens to our prayer when we have trusted in his son Jesus Christ. Jesus cleans our sins and he also takes on our sorrow. He is a constant friend. He understands the pain we face on this earth and he can relate to us with any issue we face in life.  

He is there to give peace and rest. He is there to comfort us in the hard moments. 

When you feel sad or alone like no one understands remember this hymn and let it encourage you. If you are in a season without friends Jesus is there for you and he is available at every hour of the day or night. Take heart things will get better.

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Reflections: The Value of Friendship

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Have you ever taken a moment to stop and reflect on the value of friendship? A good friendship is one of those gifts in life that you can not put a price on. A good friendship should not be taken for granted. 

Friendship is filled with joy, encouragement and honesty with a strong bond.

Friendship is an aspect that I have had trouble with throughout my life. I am someone who is very quiet and very shy so it has always been hard for me to reach out to people and be friendly. I was the young girl in the school playground that sat alone on the side. I only half way made 2 friends in the fifth grade but that did not last. The same thing went on throughout my school years and I am still on a quest to find a good friend at age 34. Some of this may be due to my vision impairment but I am still trying to figure things out.

I do not want to be discouraging by sharing this but i just want to point out that not everyone gets the opportunity to find a good friendship.

I know that I have a lot to work on when it comes to finding a good friend and it is a serious decision to make as a friend can become even closer than family. If I ever do find a good friend I will try not to take them for granted. 

I would rather have one or two good friends that truly understand me and that I truly understand than a large group of friends. I hope to be able to learn to be a good friend and to be friendly to others.

I wrote these poems on friendship and I hope it will help you reflect on the value of friendship and help you appreciate the friendships you have.

Joy of Friendship (Original Poetry)

Poem text reads The joy of friendship
A wonderful give and take
The priceless moments.  Text is in script on a white background

Friendship (Original Poetry)

Poem text reads  Love thicker than blood
With an unbreakable bond
The love of a friend.  Text is in script on a white background

Here are some helpful Bible verses on friendship.

Proverbs 17:17 KJV — A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 KJV — A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:6 KJV — Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:17 KJV — Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Be an encouragement to your friend and encourage each other on this journey through life.

Reflections: The Power of Community

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It seems that in a blink of an eye the world has flipped upside down. Now social distancing is the big rule to follow. This time has made me realize how much I miss community.

I must say that I am someone who usually keeps to myself and I dont have many friends but I am learning that community is very necessary.

I was struggling with something and had hesitated to ask for prayer for a while. I finally decided to turn to my friend group on my Bible app and asked for prayer. I saw God move in a big way.

I truly miss being part of an actual church and I am praying to find friends in person to grow close with in the Lord. Community is extremely important and may we not forget this in this time of distancing. Virtual meetings are great but I realize in person meetings can’t be replaced.

I will just add that we must do things safely as this virus is still very much around us and we must take all precautions. Let us not forget to gather once it is safe to do so.

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5 of My Favorite Podcast

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I enjoy listening to podcasts and I want to share 5 podcasts you may find interesting.

1. Radio Lab

I usually listen to Radio Lab on WNYC radio. I learn a lot each time as they discuss interesting topics. You can listen to the podcast on Spottify.

2. The Moth

In this podcast you will hear people from all walks of life tell their stories in front of a live audience.

3. Selected Shorts

This podcast features short stories read by actors. They make the stories come to life.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3bVzUxrB3nnGo1ICyOKvg4?si=RxQKLORBRjmmFnpXSaAwvA

4. Snap Judgement

Let’s just continue with the storytelling trend we are on. I enjoy this podcast because it brings stories to life by adding a cool soundtrack that helps to further draw you in to each story.

5. The Jamie Grace Podcast

I think I should add something a little different in case you are not that interested in storytelling. In this podcast Jamie Grace discusses topics related to life, love and friendship from a Christian point of view. I have learned a lot from her.

I hope that you will give these podcasts a listen. Let me know which one is your favorite.