Tag: mercy

Longtime Friends

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Have you ever considered the value of friendship? I’m not referring to Facebook friends, or people who are merely an acquaintance.

No, I’m talking about people who will walk with you through thick and thin, good times and bad times, whether you have a lot or little.

Friends.

My wife and I are so blessed. We have friends we’ve known for a long time; some for thirty and forty years. They’re scattered all over the country, with some even living on a different continent.

Florida, California, Washington, New York, just to name a few of the places our friends call home.

And, of course, we have great friends right here in central Iowa.

We were visiting some friends in the hospital the other day, and as we were walking back to our car I began to realize how special long time friends really are.

Why are they so special?

Because of all you’ve invested into each other’s lives.

Time, tears, and treasure. Maybe even a few trinkets along the way.

Laughter, love, and lessons learned. Last minute lunches just to catch up.

Phone calls, emails, post cards that say, “Wish you were here” (and you really mean it).

Prayers, problems, and even the deep pain of losing a loved one.

Friends grieve with you, rejoice with you, because friends love you.

Don’t ever take for granted, abuse or misuse, someone you know. Long time friends begin as casual acquaintances. Some never make it past being just someone you’ve met, but some do. Those who do may become someone whom God uses to invest much into your life, and you into theirs. And that’s beautiful.

One more thought while I’m at it. My wife and I have known each other for over forty two years. And besides being married, we’re also lovers, partners, and friends. Yes, friends. Longtime friends.

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24 NLT)

A New Experience

20130607-220350.jpgNew experiences! Enjoyable experiences! Once in a lifetime experiences!

I had a new, enjoyable, once in a lifetime kind of experience yesterday evening. A good friend of mine had just purchased a 2006 Porsche Boxster. He and his wife drove it over to our house to let us look at it, and to watch me drool!

What an awesome car!

Our wives didn’t talk about the car very much; they quickly began catching up on more important stuff. However, I went over every inch of that machine with my eyes; for about 30 minutes my vocabulary was limited to such words as “awesome” “cool” “wow”. Know what I mean? You see, I had been CLOSE to such vehicles before, but THIS was a NEW EXPERIENCE!

Then my friend said just four little words. Four words I had never heard, at least not while I was staring at a racing machine. He said, “Wanna ride in it?” Oh my, do I!

I didn’t have but about 15 minutes before I had to leave, but I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity. No way!

We climbed in, he fired up the engine, and we were off and flying! Not that fast, because we were in town, but we sure were quick. Amazing how quickly you can reach a speed limit! A new experience! My first time riding in a Porsche! Wow!

I like to think of God’s mercies in the same way. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)

New every morning! A new experience with God, with His mercies and compassions, with His life.

Just try and imagine what our life would be like if we would greet each new day with such anticipation and joy, as if we were seeing it for the first time ever! A new experience! Wow!

I realize most days don’t carry as much kick as riding in a Porsche for the first time does. But really, why couldn’t they? Each day we see something, experience something, NO ONE has seen or experienced before. NO ONE has ever experienced God’s mercies for that particular day! They are NEW EVERY MORNING!

Try and pretend the red morning sun is a Porsche Boxster. Act like you’ve never seen it before, like it was just created for your pleasure. Embrace the day, knowing the Lord has fresh, newly created, just for your life, mercies and compassions.

And, I won’t laugh when you start to drool…

a simple reminder…

A New Day

We may struggle remembering things such as names, dates, assignments, and the like. But God has given everyone a way to NEVER FORGET the important things.

Just a simple reminder. As simple as the dawning of a new day.

Each time the sun rises in the east, signifying the beginning of a new day, let that ordinary event remind you of God’s extraordinary promises!

See the rising sun as a simple reminder of “NEW”:

Covenant – 2 Cor. 3:6
Creation – 2 Cor. 5:17
Freedom – 2 Cor. 3:17
Mind – Rom. 12:1,2
Provision – Matt. 6:11
Power – Acts 1:8
Things – Isa. 43:19
Comforter – John 14:26
Coming of the Lord – 2 Pet. 3:12
Heaven and Earth – Rev. 21

and also Lam. 3:22,23
Compassion
Hope
Mercy
Faithfulness
Living

Just God’s simple way of saying to us, “If I can make the sun rise each and every day, please know you can trust Me to help with the small things.”

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