Life is a Journey
This life is a journey. A journey with twists and turns, bumps, hills and mountains that seem to climb straight up to the sky without anywhere to sit for a spell. To rest the bones, to dry the tears or even to just merely be alone with the one who loves the soul more deeply than could be imagined.
Along the path, people come and go. Some stay for a while and others are here- then gone faster than the clock can tick from one moment to the next.
Yet, there is one always sitting and waiting for me. His love never leaves me and he always quietly and gently whispers “Where are you?” He knows where I am, just like He knew where Adam was.
I am the one who doesn’t know. I took my eyes off of him for that moment to glance upon the other friends-the ones I desire to encourage, lift up and help.
So many needing help. So many in situations I can never imagine. So many I may never know or have the beauty of talking with.
Some, gracing me with a full afternoon in their home as our children mingle, giggle, climb trees and chase chickens . Two families combined – in a beautiful setting. 10 children, 4 adults – how the Lord provided so much food in such little time with so much left over…..
The beauty of that day still fills my heart, much like the beauty of letters in the mail. Thanking for encouragement, another – giving much-needed encouragement – messages left in cyber space – sharing hearts broken, torn, illness, sickness. Yet for all of the hard in the journey-love and encouragement – pointing to his beauty and grace.
In Real Grows the Heart
This sweet friend, who called first and one who met for lunch, while this one introduced me to her sweet boys. More friends, who spent time with me and this one roomed for two nights and shared a heart of grace, mercy and wisdom, which continues to grow me. While my heart overflowed, the Father continued to bless me through another friend who sat on the beach and shared who so often…keeps me straight – showing me the way to true grace, accepting me and loving me….
While these – they stretch me…and encourage me as they step out and run a race to share the word, the gospel.
Some of us were able to travel and meet, spend time in fellowship, while others could not. Both hearts, having experienced many of life’s hurts, adventurous soul living life in a barn, while the other sweet one lives not far from my home town. We missed the ones who could not be there. We read their messages, knew their hearts were set on being there. Did they know we missed them as much as they missed us?
Yet all of these hearts, each one has felt the disparity of being used, being hurt, being torn apart in one form, fashion or another. All have been there-none has been on this earth without some hurt of a friend.
While there has been hurt, there has also been the hands to hold and fold, the tears to wipe away in the beauty of friendship as hearts grow and God heals through the sweet words of one whose experience has been similar….
But, why does the hurt need to continue?
This group, these friends, this family…and many others are seeking the love of a friend and sharing the love of the greatest friend. No arrogance, no desire to take and not give. Truly, hearts to serve, to love, to grow……..
and for each friend who has graced me with their presence I am forever thankful. There is no way I could possibly share each name, each story here… but my heart is impacted by those who live near (like this sweet Mom who pushes me to get out more) and those who live too far to see daily or weekly.
I sit here, with my sweet one’s eyes in my memory. They are fast asleep. The day has been one that has been hard, but beautiful. The hearts growing, rebelling, but seeking, longing for friendship and asking me – their mother -about friends and why they hurt us so….
and I have to ask: have you ever hurt someone – yes is the reply. Because none is perfect.
Some hurt because they are hurt. Some, use and take because they are desperate and their hearts have not turned to Christ. Some have no idea of the pain they leave behind.
ALL hurt because of the sin that fills the heart and spews the fruit is not visible. But, we are not to judge. Only one can see the heart…
I read about friendship to them, my sweet littles. Verses from the Bible and across the web because there is beauty in the Golden Link of Friendship found –> on Project Gutenberg…
Ad through the hurt, through the growth, through the beauty…a friendship bond grows…that loves and holds accountable….and truly the heart is healed……
FREE Friendship Printable
Have you been encouraged and lifted up?
I pray that where you are now….is one of peace and beauty as you rest in the hands of the one who loves you so much that He gave His only begotten son…for you. Seek Him first….and share His love….