Jan 27, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20samuel%2020&version=MSG

Happy Friday, SHINE girls! We made it to another weekend. Yes!

As I ended my reading yesterday with David and Johnathan, I started thinking about my relationships.

I asked myself, "Who is my Johnathan?" As I pondered this and prayed about this, her name kept coming into my heart.

I quickly grabbed my phone and texted her, "YOU are my Johnathan." Hopefully, she had already read the chapter, because a text like that at 5:30 am, may be just a little bit weird.

All day yesterday, I was thinking about the relationship between David and Johnathan. I found myself wondering if I was a friend like Johnathan. Did I love like he did? Am I a friend like him?

I asked the Lord to help me to be a friend like he was. Create in me a heart that loves his friends like he did.

The Lord has surrounded me with Johnathan's, I have come to realize. He must have known my insecure self would need them.

Girls, do you have a friend like Johnathan? Do you have a friend that tells you the truth, even when it's hard to hear? A friend that holds you accountable in your walk with the Lord, even at the risk of hurting your feelings?

If you do, my challenge to you today is this:

Send your "Johnathan" a note, a text, an email, or hey...why not call them. Thank them for being your Johnathan. Thank them for their love for you and how much you appreciate their friendship.

Friendships like the one David and Johnathan had are very rare and priceless. Especially relationships between women. Jealousy often seeps in and destroys even the best friendships.

Cherish your "Johnathan's" today girls.

If you are not sure who your "Johnathan" is, pray about it. If you find you don't have a "Johnathan", start praying today that God will bring you a "Johnathan."

 In the meantime, BE a "Johnathan" to your friends. The best way to have a friend, is to be a friend.

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." 
Proverbs 18:24

"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! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Eccl 4:9-12.

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. " Proverbs 27:17

Go, thank your "Johnathan", girls. 

sharpening in progress,


**p.s...weekday give away drawing will be later this afternoon. so, you still have time to post your comments!