My Best Friend

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My Best Friend …

We met when I was seven years old,

When fears and insecurities paralyzed me.

He believed in me and helped me make wise decisions!

My Best Friend …

I trusted Him with my marriage and children

He became quite close at age 35 when I heard “You have cancer!”

He provided a way of escape from this terrible disease!

My Best Friend …

He held my hand as I fought depression.

I had won the physical fight with cancer, and

Now I fought a spiritual battle with depression!

My Best Friend …

He provided TRUTH through His Word,

And continually expressed His love and acceptance to me.

I experienced victory as my trials gradually turned into triumph!

Do you know my best friend? His name is Jesus Christ and He cares for you, too. He loves without judgement. He will walk with you through your hard times as well as your times of joy. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Allow Him to be your BEST FRIEND!

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1: 2-4).

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Second Chance!

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Lies, Alcohol, Drugs,
Stealing, Sex, Thrills –

We have a sneaky enemy.

At twenty-five my life was out of control, and

I wanted it to end!

I received an invitation to a child’s baptism at church,

And immediately noticed PEACE and JOY in those in attendance.

I surrendered my life to God at age twenty-eight, and

Experienced peace, followed by relapse into my old lifestyle!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

God loved me to repentance and I recommitted my life to Him.

God gave me a second chance! I learned I must ask Him for help.

Scripture taught me to take every thought captive

And make it obedient to His Word.

We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I replaced partying with time with God.

I forgave my betrayers, and

Learned to love those who treated me wrong.

Now I minister to those caught in that lifestyle!

My God is faithful! He is slow to anger!

His mercy is more than I could ever deserve.

He restored me! He gave me a new beginning!

His forgiveness gave me a second chance in life! A rebirth!

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19).

My God can be YOUR God!

Talk to Him and tell Him what you’ve done.

 Ask Him to forgive you and allow Him to wash you clean.

He loves you! Accept His free gift of forgiveness!

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind son of God when introduced to him (John 3: 16-18).

God Meets Every Need

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Financial Crisis

The economy spiraled down and we were trapped!

Our pillows became moldy from tears

Night after LONG night we struggled for answers.

We Cried out to God!

Begging for help, wisdom, and guidance,

Giving up our home seemed to be our only choice.

We purposed to trust Him in our new identity.

We found ourselves closer to God than ever before.

The rug was jerked out from under us,

But the LORD caught us.

His love never fails!

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

Heaven is our home!

For years our beautiful house brought comfort to our family,

But being comfortable was not what God desired for us.

We had to rely on God and trust Him to supply all our needs!

Every need was met!

When jobs could not support us, God provided!

We stood in awe each time food or shelter was given,

Recognizing it was our God who prompted friends and family to share with us.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, Whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

Trusting in God Day by Day!

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Born too early . . . 

She was in the hospital for eight months,

Ventilator dependent.

They told us she would not survive!

Taken home without doctor’s blessings.

They said she may never talk, crawl, or walk;

She now talks our ears off,

And walks to keep up with siblings!

A modern-day miracle!

Our angel remains a very critically ill child,

Waiting for a double lung transplant.

We are trusting God day by day!

Those who hope in the LORD

Will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

They will run and not grow weary,

They will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Do you TRUST God no matter what? Is God only trustworthy when life is easy and things are going well? This family trusts God everyday the transplant doesn’t happen. They continue to pray and trust God’s timing.

God, help us TRUST You during the good days as well as the difficult days. Help us BELIEVE that your Master Plan is good, your love for us is eternal, and You are TRUSTWORTHY. Amen.