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,


jill




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

7 comments:

Rebekah Hudgins said...

I know! I think their friendship is an incredible thing to consider modern day. To watch David and Jonathan is so sweet, I almost feel like I am eavesdropping! Their conversations are so heartfelt and they don't hold anything back in their friendship. It's incredible.

Thank you, Jill, for bringing it back to us girls. I feel challenged to be that kind of friend and to be transparent and loving in my friendships. It goes hand in hand with the 2nd post yesterday about praying for your friends and investing yourself in their lives.

I am so glad that God is our first friend and that He gives us a great model. What would we do without friends?

This morning Sam is throwing up, Sam is my 1 year old. I called 2 friends and each of them are taking my two bigger boys to their respective schools. Just like that, the Lord soothes a tough situation and my baby can stay home and not run carpool with me while he's not feeling well.

Thank you, Lord, for friends of all makes, shapes and sizes. They are a spectacular gift from you!!

Jason and Jessica Knorr said...

Thank you Lord for the friends you have blessed me with. and Thank you Jill for reminding us all to take the time to not only be thankful for our friends but to show and tell them that too! Have a great weekend!

Cassie said...

I do have a few Jonathan's in my life and I am so thankful for them. I am also thankful for this blog to add to the daily enrichment in my life. I want to love today the way I want to be loved. May I SHINE before others today for YOU O LORD!!!

Terri Abbott said...

So thankful for the Jonathan friend in my life. What great comfort to come together and feel the safety of it. Trust and truth work hand in hand and sometimes over the years and along a narrow path, those two nuggets in a Jonathan friend go a LONG way! It's invaluable and as we see with David and Jonathan, can touch life and death. Also I love the Eccl 4: 9-12 and I find the need for it thru all areas of my life. At some times it has been just me and God (is that a Josh Turner song?) and that's what God orders but other times if we just look around God sends (like Rebekah says) even in instant and small things, a soothing wind and it sho feels good!

Emily DeJarnett said...

As a 20 year old sophomore in college, I've struggled to find the "Jonathans" in such a very superficial, selfish time in life. It has encouraged me to work harder to seek those relationships but also made me realize that there is one relationship in my life who won't ever judge me, reject me, or push me down a dangerous path -- Jesus Christ! Praying that through this time, I will learn to better appreciate the Jonathan's who come into my life in the future and hopefully to be a "better" Jonathan myself! Thankful for these days of learning...

Jill said...

Emily, what you said is so true. I remember those years of my life being the hardest in regards to faith and godly friendships.

I pray that the Lord will surround your beautiful self with Johnathan's. So many, that you lose count. :)

Keep soaking up His word, sweet girl.

<3

melanie herrington said...

please pray for the family of sweet baby paxton. this family is friends of my step sister from kansas and i have attached her blog with a precious picture. i can not stop the tears today. GOD please bring them peace and heal their hearts!!!

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