As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. {Proverbs 27:17}

Have you ever been to a play? I recently went to watch one of the delightful girls in my youth group perform in a play at her high school. It was so perfect! Taylor and all of her peers dressed up as under the sea characters for the mermaid Jr. It was adorable… Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula, Ariel, the Prince…. Guys, I loved every second.

It had me thinking a lot, though. Sometimes, life fly’s by so fast for us that we see it as more of a movie, but just how beautiful it is to see things   s l o w e d   d o w n   a bit. To see the hard work that goes in to setting up each set, the lights go off but you can see the shuffle that occurs on stage rapidly to get all the right pieces and characters into position to make the scene just perfect.

See, God is the producer of our lives. He knows the exact pieces and precisely where they belong for the perfect presentation for the world we’re living in.

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Recently, one of my college roommates and best friends Savy wrote me(<<<She’s the hottie on the right). She brought up just how hard it is to form friendships as we get older and how challenging it is not having the friendships with those surrounding us every day, as we did then. Of course, when you’re living and playing college soccer together, between living arrangements, the pitch, campus, and adopting each others families, pretty much your entire existence is spent together for those four years. Those bonds are unique and forever. She was so right, that I had not held friendships like those, since. Often, I miss them, and I wonder why God felt the need to send all of my best friends to Sweden, IMG_2039Nebraska, Louisville, Amsterdam, Random states here and there, and to the farthest parts of Kentucky, yet leave me here in Home Sweet Ohio County.

But you see, God already knows my play. He has set the stage and he has offered me all the supporting characters I need for HIS purpose. Friendships come, some go, some add a little distance, some adapt. That doesn’t make any role less or more important, for they all are for, from, and through God.

 

One who has unreliable friends soon comes 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 labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. {Ecclesiastes 4:9-10}

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. {Proverbs 12:26}

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We Boast in the Hope of the Glory of God

Have you ever read something – whether a caption, a book, a quote, maybe a billboard (Sometimes I need something that big for me to notice) – that just caught your attention? Making you ponder and question it to the core? It ignites a fire down in your soul and gave you the desire to press forward in a new direction, as if life hasn’t already sent you in enough directions already? For me, the book of Romans has done just that. It has brought me comfort, hope, and drive. It reminded me of the need to Boast in the hope of the glory of God. -Romans 5:2. Whether in suffering or prosperity, we were called to be obedient. But what does that look like in the world today?

In Romans 11:36 the bible states,

“For from him and through him and for him are all things.”

ALL things. This verse twisted me inside. It brought to light the truth that all of the choices I make each day should have a proper vision. My eyes, mouth, heart, and hands, all set towards HIM.

In Romans 10:8 the bible states, “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” Will we fail? Oh yes, every day we will stumble, but our reassurance is in Romans 11:11 when we are comforted in, “Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!” Whew, we even got an exclamation mark there! And I am thankful for that exclamation, that I am never beyond his love and grace.

Romans has challenged me to share my stories, my trials, my life, through this Blog. Of course, as the rest of the world, I am a sinner who has fallen short many times before, as I will continue to do so. I can only pray that through sharing my adventures, my stories, and my trials, that this will be somewhat of my gift to you, as I have received the gift of shared life from many who have gone before me.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

-Romans 12:6-8

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