friends ….

Thank you Jesus for my friends! (And my new ones in blogosphere.)

I am enjoying some morning quiet, and feel overflowing with gratitude for my friends. I have enjoyed reading the comments and encouragement that I have received from this blog – thank you so much. I was shocked. Many tears have filled my eyes reading my friends heart bearing words. Thank you Jesus!

I prayed for each of you by name. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing and loving me. I pray we can keep encouraging one another, glorifying Jesus, and journeying along God’s will for each of us.

As I read the comments this morning, I reflected on scriptures regarding friends, and I learned there are 49 verses containing the word friend in the Bible. I like to use a parallel Bible and read multiple translations, and here are the two I meditated on today:

1) Proverbs 27:9 – My Soul is refreshed!

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel. (KJV)

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (NLT)

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. (NIV)

Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul. (MSG)

2) Proverbs 27:17 – I have been sharpened!

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (KJV)

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (NIV)

You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. (MSG)

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (NLT)

After reading these scriptures, my soul began singing one of my favorite hymns, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” I am reminded. I thanked Jesus for my earthly friends as they are gift to me from Him. However, HE really is my ultimate friend. The friend I take all my issues to first and foremost, and whom I ultimately write my blog to. He’s our most faithful friend. Do you know Him? Take a moment to read and sing these lyrics to Jesus ….

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

I pray we keep refreshing and sharpening one another. I am overwhelmed with the insight, encouragement, and advice from the comments. I plan to blog some upcoming posts of how they are working in my life.

What a friend we have in Jesus! Praise the LORD.

Have a wonderful weekend my refreshing and sharpening friends!

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One Comment on “friends ….

  1. Darci – wow! that was refreshing to wake up and read this morning…lately I have been thinking so much of how my friends are such an encouragement…how there are so many seasons of life and the constant is the Lord and my friends! :) Loved seeing the verses in all the different translations.

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