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Best Friends Forever

Deuteronomy 31:8- “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

After finishing her residency, Barbara returned to her hometown to set up her pediatric practice. Although they’d kept in touch by writing letters and calling regularly, it was exhilarating to see her best friend, Tricia, in person.

Everything about their friendship seemed to fall back in place and the girls resumed the friendship that had begun in grade school. Just like their friendship necklaces declared, they were still Best Friends Forever, BFF’s.

When Tricia was killed the following year in a car crash, Barbara was devastated.

She couldn’t find satisfaction in her medical practice or the fact that she was to be married the next spring. Life lost its meaning and she fell into a deep depression.

One day, her sister convinced her to attend church with her. The scripture above became Barbara’s lifeline and led her to give her heart to Jesus. He became her new best friend. 

She found release from her depression and experienced joy in knowing He would never leave or forsake her.

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A Match Made in Heaven

Matthew 4:19– “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Someone asked how I keep thinking of Bible verses to use in my blog. Well, I said, “It’s easy. There are 31,101 of them!”

Another reader asked which I select first, the verse or the story/example? It happens both ways. For instance, yesterday, I was looking through some old photos. I came across one of my grandfather and myself holding up a nice-sized trout. How that man loved to fish!

My grandfather taught Sunday school. He was a living example of being a fisher of men. He preferred the boys in his Junior High class. “Catch them while they’re young and they’ll have a lifetime to live for Jesus,” he’d often say. 

He loved to tell stories. Boys loved hearing them. You could say it was a match made in Heaven.

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December Twenty-sixth

Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

“Real” trees have been dropped off at designated locations; artificial ones are stored away in garages; yard decorations have been taken down for another year.

Tinsel and precious ornaments are nestled in protective papers; garland is put away in specially-labeled boxes; wreaths and outdoor lights are kept on high shelves until next winter.

Christmas is now past. 

In fact, the day after Christmas I was in our local drugstore where employees were already working on Valentine’s Day displays!

Really?

When the store manager overheard the comment I made to my husband, he interrupted our conversation. “That’s the way it is, folks. Nowadays all people do is live from one holiday to the next. Retailers never miss a beat. We just keep the season’s merchandise on the shelves.”

How sad, I thought later. Always looking ahead to the next celebration, never content with today.

I opened my Bible to a familiar verse. I’d read it—even quoted it—numerous times.

Now, it took on new meaning as I thanked God for December 26th. A “plain day” with no special label that I was aware of— another day the Lord made.

A day to make memories with family, serve in my community, even do house work. A day with endless possibilities.

Another day to rejoice and be glad!

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Wonderful

I Peter 3:22- “(Jesus) has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”

Recently, as I was compiling information on heaven, I came across this quotation credited to John Newton: “When I get to heaven, I shall see three wonders there. The first will be to see many people whom I did not expect to see; the second will be to miss many who I did expect to see; the third and greatest of all will be to find myself there.”

Christians don’t have to wonder if we will go to heaven when we die. We have assurance of our future home because of our faith in Jesus Christ and his payment for our sin through his death and resurrection.

However, if we look at another definition of the word wonder, “a remarkable or amazing event,” I’m sure we all will agree that it will be beyond description. Seeing Jesus and being in his presence, being reunited with family and friends, being restored to wholeness in mind and body, experiencing the answers to age-old questions, and so much more.

Heaven will be full of wonder.

WONDERFUL.

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