God's Girl

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

The Glow of Friendship

Last night my daughter had a sleepover to celebrate her 11th birthday.

Lots of girls, lots of cake, lots of laughter, and lots of fear.

Yep, that’s right.

The girls had fun most of the night until late night paranoia set in.

Suddenly someone heard heavy breathing followed by lots of gurgling.

I watched as they tried a variety of methods to make the sound stop.

They decided to change the room they slept in.

That didn’t work.

Maybe if they tried switching around the spots they slept in the sound would stop.

That didn’t work either.

I tried to explain that they were just hearing the sounds of each person beginning to fall asleep.

They looked at me like I had lost my mind for even suggesting such a thing.

“The thing we are afraid of is real. Can’t you see that?”, they seemed to say.

These girls were not hanging out in dark scary rooms.

As a matter of fact, the sleepover had a glow-in-the dark theme.

The girls were surrounded by light.

They slept in a sea of glow sticks and glow balloons, yet all they could think of was the darkness.

Have you ever noticed how emotion spreads through a group like wildfire?

One person gets scared, then fear spreads.

You talk to a negative person enough and suddenly you can see flaws in others you never saw before.

You get swept away in what appears to be real.

After all, if most of the group is feeling it maybe you are the crazy one.

 

Is it wrong to share your feelings with friends?

Should you just walk around with a plastic smile?

Of course not.

Emotion isn’t bad at all, but accepting the emotion as the complete reality you are living in is dangerous.

It’s like being in a dark room full of those glow sticks yet never seeing the light all around you.

Have you ever noticed that glow sticks don’t last forever?

Eventually they just burn out.

You can’t create your own light.

I can’t either.

That’s why we need the light of God in our life.

We have to spend enough time in God’s word, that His word becomes the last word to resonate in our hearts when we feel the darkness closing in.

If we don’t keep returning to Him our light won’t stay lit.

We will burn out.

We will break down.

We will give in to whatever emotions we create and feed off the emotions of others.

Emotions aren’t wrong, but they aren’t always reality either.

That’s why our group of friends is so important.

The good ones will call you on your crazy and allow you to call them on theirs.

We all need people in our lives to tell us like it is with their mouths while they point us to God with their fingers.

Choose your friends wisely.

They will become the climate you acclimate to.

You will become like the people you are around.

Remember friend, they will also become like you.

The girls in our home may have been a little scared last night, but they woke up this morning laughing, loving and hugging.

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning!

Real friends will walk with you through both seasons.

If you have the kind of friends who encourage you, who point you to Jesus and aren’t afraid to call you on your crazy, give them a little shout out in the comment section below these words.

Tell us what you love about them and why.

Share this blog post on Facebook and tag them.

Good friends are hard to find.

Let’s thank God for them today!

 

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What to do When You have a Bad Case of the “What-Ifs”

 

Our home has been invaded by blankets.

They drape our couches and cover our footstools creating tunnels for a secret hideout.

“Animal HQ”, the kids call it, the secret headquarters for stuffed animal secret agents.

I love their imagination and creativity.

Sometimes I hate my own.

I can watch any horror movie and come up with part two in my dreams.

My imagination is powerful.

The “what-if” monster attacks me all the time.

I’m willing to bet you’ve met him, too.

He lives in the future.

He’s a thief of the present.

I don’t know what your “what-if” monster is saying to you today.

Will you keep your job?

Will your kids be okay?

Does your spouse still love you?

What will the result of the test be?

How will I be able to take care of aging parents?

It’s plenty to keep you up at night.

It doesn’t have to.

Somewhere along the way, you have probably heard the story of David and Goliath.

Boy beats giant when no one thought he would.

Do you remember what David said when he was going to face that giant?

Right when fear should have been at an all time high, David spoke these words:

“God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:35

Remember what God has done in the past and there will be no need to fear the future!

“God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.” Psalm 121:7-8 (The Message)

The God of yesterday, walks with you today.

The God who walks with you today will walk with you into tomorrow.

You will fail.

You will fall.

Yes, you will experience moments that break your heart.

You will also experience moments that make your heart.

You will love.

You will live.

You will overcome.

You will.

The God who lives in you has already overcome the world that tries to defeat you.

“In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 (The Message)

Let God be your hideout today.

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” Psalm 91:1 (The Message)

Hide beneath the blanket of his love.

“That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing!” Psalm 91:1 (The Message)

Use your imagination to dream of all the things he has in store for you.

‘God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!

He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

Now, take that giant problem you have been wrestling with in your mind and hit in square in the head with that little dose of God’s word!

God has given you many stones in his word to aim straight at the head of that nasty old giant.

Take him down!

 

A little something extra:

Go to http://www.biblegateway.com

Type a word of a topic that is troubling you in the search box.

Find a verse or two on that topic.

Whenever that “what-if” monster comes your way, pull your verse out, look at it.

Yep, a stone straight to the head and down goes that monster.

THUD!

Another one bites the dust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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