I've been thinking a lot about friendships lately, especially during Bible study this past week. The focus was on friendships.

The question I asked myself is:
Who are my friends, my true friends?

What about all of the good folks who accept friend requests on Facebook? I've seen some people with over 600 Facebook friends! 600?!?! When I look through the number of people who are my "friends" on my personal Facebook account, I think: they are great acquaintances, people I worship with, childhood friends, classmates, strong women of faith. But just a few of them would I say are personal, close-knit, tried and true, through thick and thin, pick me up when I'm low, friends.

Why is that? I think there are so many people we come in contact with in our lives, but very few are true friends. This verse shed light for me:



 
 Jesus was more than willing to lay His life down for his disciples because they were His friends, His closest companions. And, even beyond that, He was willing to lay His life down for you and me, those who did not know him in the flesh. He was a giver, a sacrificial type of friend. He was not afraid of the giving of Himself.
 
And so, I reflecting on friendship, I wonder which one of our "friends" is willing to yield, give of themselves, lay down a bit of life for another? Am I willing to do that for people that I call friend? Am I willing to put their needs ahead of my own and really give to them, pour my life into theirs?
 
The reality is that not many of us are willing to do this, myself included. We sometimes look at relationships and friendships from a "what can you do for me?" perspective. And here in the Scriptures, there isn't much any of us could "do" for Jesus, I mean after all, He is King and Lord of all. Yet, knowing that all we had to offer Him was our filthy sins, He still gave all He had for us and called us His friends. Wow.
 
So, I walk away from this week's Bible study asking a different set of questions:
What type of friend am I? Am I willing to give, even when I might not get much in return? Am I willing to lay a bit of my life down and pour into someone else's?
 
It is my prayer that I do better at cultivating the friendships God has blessed me with; more giving and less taking, a sacrificing of myself.
 
"A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
-Proverbs 18:24
 
 
 
http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2014/02/26/thriving-thursday-227/
 



What is True Friendship?

by on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about friendships lately, especially during Bible study this past week. The focus was on friendships. The...
Hello, No Idle Bread family! We've had a touch a fun this week and it all started with. . .

SNOW
Wednesday night into Thursday morning, it snowed and snowed and we got about 10 inches of snow altogether. My favorite part: Husband didn't have to work Thursday or Friday and is off Monday because of the holiday. I love spending time with him!

The kids and I tried a new recipe. . .snow ice cream!

Adventures in Unsell Land: Snow Ice Cream!
Use more or less sugar to taste!
My daughters collected a big bowl of snow for me, and they let me know that it was "picnic table" snow only!! (We have 2 dogs, if you know what I mean!) The kids went out to play in snow and the 2 year old quickly decided that 5 inches of snow was a bit too much for him to handle. So, he was my ice cream helper.




VALENTINE'S DAY
We had a blast as a family.
Early morning conversation with Husband without the "I've-got-to-get-to-work" rush.
The kids dressed in pink and red so I could take a Valentine's photo of them. Look at how they've grown.
Valentine's 2014


Valentine's 2013
School consisted of a devotion from John 15:9-17: Love and Joy Perfected in Jesus, and some fun games using conversation hearts.
Family Fun Night. 4 great games using conversation hearts.
Fun game ideas here that could certainly be played at any time!





LUNCH OUT
This was fun, not only because it was Valentine's Day, but also because we were able to get out of the house, considering the snowfall. We helped Husband shovel the snow after we played our games. Then we went out to lunch.
Oldest daughter and Husband. . .
Aren't they twins?

Me :)
 
LOOSE TOOTH
My son's tooth has been loose for weeks. He finally lost it right before bedtime, and was he excited!
 
BIRTHDAY!!!
And ice cream on the cake: it was my daughter's 9th birthday, the day after Valentine's day. I remember Valentine's Day of 2005 vividly, because that is when I went into labor with her. But, she wanted her own day so she came on the 15th instead. ;)
We had birthday cake for breakfast!

Birthday socks

TM with a new bunny from her brother.
 
This week was great and my heart is full and I am grateful and blessed by God's goodness.
 
Baby J, crawling around with a Santa hat on. LOL
 


Family Fun!

by on Saturday, February 15, 2014
Hello, No Idle Bread family! We've had a touch a fun this week and it all started with. . . SNOW Wednesday night into Thursday mornin...
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not loved, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 
http://no-idle-bread.blogspot.com

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I could read these words day in and day out. There is something about the Word of the Lord that is like honey to the tongue, music to the ears, salve for the soul. This passage of Scripture is like that for me. In my journey as a sinner saved by His undeserved grace, wife to a loving husband, mommy to precious babes, I must have love. Not romance, not a fleeting feeling, not emotionally based. . .but true love. God is love (1 John 4:8).

This passage tells of His character, His heart for me and the way I must love others. My bible's study notes say it "describes a love that is based on the deliberate choice of the one who loves rather than the worthiness of the one who is loved." Oh, my! I am not worthy of His love, but yet He loves me. I love Him because He first loved me!! How dare I be picky with my "love" for my family, for others? I must go beyond my "natural feelings" and love when I don't want to, all the while expecting nothing in return. True love.

Dear Lord,
Teach me how to love. Teach me what love is. Help me to mimic You in my display of love to others. In Your Precious Name I pray, Amen.

{{Repost from 10/16/11}}


Raising Homemakers

True Love

by on Sunday, February 09, 2014
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I ha...
Today, our oldest son, JR, was baptized after having made the decision to believe upon Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9).

What a blessed day for our family and we know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing.

Thank you all for your support and prayers for our family.

JR waiting to be baptized. . .with sister TM in the background

JR and another little boy were baptized today. . .
his sisters' hands folded in prayer behind them

Our pastor joking about how heavy JR is. . .
He asked me what I'd been feeding him. LOL

JR and pastor easing into the water. . .they said it was really cold!

By the look of his face, I'd say it was freezing!
He told me that he thought about getting out, but didn't want
to have to do everything all over again.

Identifying with our Lord in His death, burial, and resurrection,
in the waters of baptism.

Chilly and drying off.

Husband waiting for JR to make it down the stairs to
dry off and get changed. (Little brother JD to the left!
One of the deacons and friend to the right.)

Our boy at the end of the day and he was HAPPY!
 "The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad." -Psalm 126:3

The Boy Was Baptized

by on Sunday, February 02, 2014
Today, our oldest son, JR, was baptized after having made the decision to believe upon Jesus Christ ( Romans 10:9 ). What a blessed day fo...
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