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Know your friends!

#girlfriends #friends #Barbados friends

“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.”
Matthew 26:47-50 (NIV)

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What or who is a friend? A friend is someone you trust, someone you kiss and hug. This person can hold your love and in most cases carry a secret or two for you. He or she can be a work-mate, a fellow believer in your church or a mentor. A friend can even be family.

So imagine. Being betrayed. By a friend. With a kiss. After this person has warmly greeted and hugged you close.

The thing is that most of us do not have to imagine. I am sure you have experienced a “Judas Kiss” type of betrayal first hand and can think back to a time when you were deeply hurt and terribly disappointed by a so-called friend. Yet I believe these feelings are magnified even more when the betrayal falls even closer. Judas wasn’t simply a friend of Jesus. As one of the disciples he would have been the next best thing to family. They would have intimately shared good times, bad times and in between times. They would have prayed together, worshipped together and rejoiced after the incredible miracles. I always ask myself: “What was Judas thinking?” But that’s not a fair question, because if not Judas then who? Someone had to betray Jesus so He would eventually be crucified for our sins … not so?

While listening to this gospel one Sunday at Mass another series of questions jumped out at me:

  • Even now, all these years later, don’t we ourselves continue to betray Jesus ever so often?
  • How many times have we judged others, been impatient, hard and un-compassionate, while being unwilling to give or support?
  • How often have we slept in late rather than go out to church?
  • Do we usually not fail to turn the other cheek, preferring instead to lash out in defense of perceived injustices against our sound character and good reputation?

Hmmmmmm …. hard questions indeed and just a little something to think more about. As for me, there is much work still to be done on this human being right here. In closing out this post then, my prayer is that God will continue to pour His blessings over us His children, that He may inspire us to always trust in Him – in spite of friends who betray us – day by day by day.

Thanks for visiting and here’s to friends and friendship!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

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How not to be afraid of the unknown

Dessert rose, the journey is the destination

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“The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighbouring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.””
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 (NIV)

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It’s the last Monday of February so hopefully you will capitalise on the opportunity to capture moments and not things … but let me share a moment of my own with you.

I met up with a girlfriend recently. She had resigned her well-paying, prestigious, high profile job to work on her own. Things at the office had been going downhill for some time but then it became a matter of integrity as lies were told and grey shadows of doubt were cast upon her work. I watched my friend’s face carefully as she shared. She seemed happy enough and entirely at peace with her decision; I was proud of her.

How many of us complain everyday about our dead-end jobs, unreasonable bosses, selfish co-workers, inconsiderate spouses or belligerent children? And though months and even years may pass, how many of us simply sit back and remain in a situation because in reality we are just too afraid to step out in faith; to step into the unknown land that God has already claimed for us and is trying so hard to lead us into?

Yes, life can be more than difficult and some days find us tired, empty and overwhelmed. For women it’s even more of a struggle as we attempt to juggle our careers with raising our children and fitting in time for ourselves/loved ones while feeding our spirituality. Yet, no matter how long you’ve been struggling or how much it may look as though there will never ever be any light at the end of your tunnel – there is hope! God hasn’t forgotten you! He’s right there with you, holding your hand and encouraging you to come with Him into the land He has waiting for you … BUT it’s going to take faith because you don’t have a clue where this land is, or what it looks like, or who’s going to be in it with you.

Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from receiving and embracing God’s richest blessings. Don’t extend your stay on the mountain unnecessarily. Break camp and advance! Do something! Go in and take possession of your land because even though you will always have trouble in this world, Jesus has already overcome the world. He is with you.

“”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 (NIV)


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Wednesday’s Words: Can you see the staircase?

Flowers growing in between rocks

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For me, faith is seeing a plant not only growing out of a cement sidewalk, but producing beautiful flowers too! I don’t know how they do it, yet ever so often we see sweet petals swaying gently along a sidewalk or beside a rock (with no soil or nutrients in sight). It’s like a miracle almost. Continue reading


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When you think you have been forgotten …

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”  Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)

 

God's love for His children

My mummy with my sister (long pants) and I (shorts) – she would never ever forget us!

When nothing is going right

Do you feel sometimes as though God has forgotten you? Those may be the days when in spite of your planning and great preparation nothing goes right. Through no fault of your own you may miss a project deadline, be caught in traffic and end up being late for work, or have so many things on your To Do list you can’t even think straight. Continue reading


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Do not fear when the heat comes … and it will come

#Barbados #Codrington College

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) 

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Death is a funny thing.  Even in the midst of our darkest hours, God allows beautiful sceptres of light to filter their way through our fog of grief and brighten the innermost circle of our hearts.  And remember: death is not limited to the loss of a loved one; there is the death of a job/career, the death of a marriage, the death of a relationship (friend, co-worker, child, mum or dad) or even the death of something more tangible like a house or a vehicle.

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