Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Friend Loveth

It is amazing where a wild imagination and a little research will take you. Book 4 of my Burton Farm Series promises to be very unusual. Bottom line: I discovered that human beings can be even more despicable than I had already known. Somehow, I will convey that, while keeping the humor which is integral to the success of this series. How, I don't know...but laughter is essential in the midst of sorrow.

I have a wonderful horse friend who is willing to entertain all my crazy ideas for my books, and feeds me information without even questioning the wisdom of my vision. Everyone needs a friend like that who unconditionally spurs them on, and doesn't trample on their plans. Slowly, my crazy idea is taking shape, and I have my friend to thank for it.

There is a verse that says, "There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." I have several friends like that, who check on me regularly, worry about me, and offer me comfort when my world feels like it is shredding. I am blessed to have siblings like that as well. This is what the body of Christ should be for one another. I am so grateful that this is what I have. If you have a friend like that, thank them. And then go out, and be a friend like that. It changes everything.

As a little aside, Jesus reminds us: “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14. He certainly is the numero uno friend we want in our corner.

Proverbs 18:24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

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