Monday, March 29, 2010

Friends

Had a visit from a dear friend last week -- the kind of friend you haven't seen in awhile -- but you catch right up with the first hug. Linda has been my friend for at least 15 years now. We share common passions - quilting and the Bible (not necessarily in that order.) And we just love each other. I'd even go so far as to say we delight in each other.

Linda is a friend who points out my better qualities and graciously forgives me when I'm less than my best. She expresses her love and pride in me often. We laugh together and cry together as we remember past experiences and places and faces.

Friends like Linda are a rare treasure. May you be blessed by that kind of friendship. Better yet, may we all be blessed to BE that kind of friend.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Encouragement

Where do you find encouragement? We all need it. We all want it. Where do we find it?

Sometimes I find it right on the pages of scripture. Other times God uses people to speak a word of hope, challenge or encouragement to my heart at just the right time.

I needed encouragement this weekend. Nothing was really wrong. It's just so easy to grow a little . . . complacent. Maybe I was taking God's amazing presence a bit for granted. I wasn't even aware of it until . . . God spoke.

He used Tina Hutchison at the women's breakfast Saturday. Visit her at http://tina4hope.blogspot.com/ Wow that girl can speak and sing. She has a God-given passion that is contagious. I'm so glad some of it rubbed off on me! Tina challenged us to STEP OUT with God -- even when we're afraid -- even when it's hard. It's worth the risk to STEP OUT in faith to follow a trustworthy God who desires the best for His children.

I want my faith to be contagious. I want my passion for God to rub off on people I meet. I want to be different and to make a difference. I truly want all that -- but to be honest, I just don't want it to be hard or scary or risky.

But it is.

So sometimes I find myself playing it safe. And I'm tired of safe.

Tina's message on Saturday intrigued me so much that I followed her to our college and 20's Sunday School class to hear more from her. I tried to blend in -- think anyone noticed I was a tad older than the rest of the class?

Tina encouraged me again with God's Word from Ephesians 5:16 -- to redeem the time -- to make the most of the time -- of every opportunity. And I realized I don't want to waste time, or bide my time, or pass the time.

So now I know what I don't want: to play it safe and waste time. I don't want to fall back into complacency. I wonder how my life will change if I do more than just listen to what God spoke into my life this weekend. I wonder.