Friends Are People Who Love You No Matter What Happens

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(John 15:13 NIV)

 

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Friend is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. True friends are gifts and sometimes rare in this day and age. Jesus is the perfect example of a true friend. Click To TweetHe made the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for you and me. That kind of love is immeasurable.

Most of us will not be asked to give our lives for our friends, but often we may make sacrifices to help them. We might bring a meal to a family who has been sick. Maybe we offer to babysit to give parents a needed date night.

There are many ways to show friendship. Click To Tweet One of the most important ways is just to be there for someone else. Sometimes we don’t even have to talk. Just the presence of another person who loves and cares can do wonders to lift the spirits of another.

Showing love and listening are also things that good friends do. A friend is someone we can count on no matter what happens.

 

Long time friends – photo taken a year ago

 

(John15:9-15)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 

 

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #InspireMeMonday, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TuneInThursday

 

Magnetic Poetry: A Song in the Night

Ever since I read the posts on Magnetic Poetry that my friend, Joy, shared on her blog, I have been wanting to try it. You may wonder why it’s called magnetic when you are just playing around with words on a screen. Well, that’s just the online version. You can order sets of words that are magnetic if you want the fun of physically moving them around. Click To Tweet

I might do that sometime soon. That way I could take them anywhere with me and not need internet to make them work. There are several sets to choose from. I decided to use the nature one.

Like I said, I have been wanting to try it but have been a little intimidated by the online lists of words. There were too many and I couldn't figure out how to start. Click To TweetMy friend, Kat, gave me some tips there. She suggested scrolling through each page of words picking those that stood out to me. After I had a few words, maybe I could start forming a poem. That sounded doable. Then I got sick.

I’m finally feeling well enough for some creativity, so this evening I spent some time with the online version. It was quite satisfying to pick out words and see how they could fit together. After awhile the words seemed to come together and I was happy. Click To Tweet

A Song in the Night

climbing an ancient mountain

a quiet rain gives

harmony as a bird song

blooms in lonely night

you who walk listen

behold her secret light

warm sweet & bright

                                                               ~ gayl wright

My next step was finding out how to copy the poem as it was online and place it onto a photograph. My friend, Joy, came to rescue there and gave me some pointers. Yay for online friends! Then I had to get my son to show me how to take a screen shot. Yeah, I know, easy peasy, right? I had no idea how easy it was. Oh, well, never too old to learn something new.

After much trial and error using various free programs I am happy to share with you the finished product. I can’t wait to try more!

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I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup.

 

Connect for Fun and Fellowship

Connect is the word prompt for #FiveMinuteFriday this week. It's the first Five Minute Friday linkup for 2017, and anyone is welcome to participate. Click To Tweet We write for five minutes whatever comes to mind about the prompt. It’s meant to be a fun exercise. Check out this link at Kate Motaung’s place to find out all about it.

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Many Ways to Connect

One of my favorite things to do is connect with people. There are so many ways to do this online and in person. Years ago when I first heard people talking about email, I didn't even know what it was! Click To Tweet Now I think nothing of sending an email, but more often than not I communicate through instant messaging. My, how times have changed.

I remember some computer program my dad had years ago that allowed us to connect with someone else and actually watch the words appear on the screen as they typed them. I have no idea what that was but we sure enjoyed it. Click To Tweet

I love to connect with family. We have four daughters, three sons and 13 grandchildren. Actually, there are 14, but that one hasn’t made it’s appearance yet. It’s due sometime this month. We had everyone here for Christmas. What a treat to connect with them all together! Noisy, but fun.

My grandson made this paper hand for me. He said it would be a way for me to get a hug from him anytime.

Facebook has been another great way for me to re-connect with people I knew years ago in different places where we have lived. It’s been fun to see where they are now and how things have changed.

My blog has been another way for me to connect with others. Click To TweetDuring the October #write31days I met some new friends. We found that we had a lot in common and now we communicate often during the week. It’s been a lot of fun to find people who I call “kindred spirits” like Anne of Green Gables.

How do you make connections with others? What are some of your favorite ways to interact?

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday

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Enjoy Your Wonderful, Messy Life

Enjoy is the #FiveMinuteFriday word for this week. Some of you may be thinking, How can I enjoy anything? My life is so messy right now.If we take our focus off our circumstances, we can look for beauty and give thanks. Click To TweetThings won’t magically get easier, but our perspectives will change. I know my days have been busy, but I am trying to find things to enjoy.

Lately the weather has been nice but tainted with smoke from some of the wildfires in NC and SC. Today the smoke is not bad and my husband and I enjoyed sitting on the porch to eat our lunch.

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View from our porch.

Earlier this month I went to Deeply Rooted. You can read about my time there in THIS POST. While there I started a weaving project in one of the creativity workshops. I brought the materials home and finally got some time to work on it. If you want to find a great stress reliever and enjoyment at the same time, try weaving. Click To TweetThere are several You Tube videos that come up when you do a google search.

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Here’s the top

The fee included materials for the workshop. We were allowed to bring home as much as we needed. I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish it, so I chose a variety of yarns, dried flowers, other earthy objects and string.

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Here’s the middle

Never would I have believed how much enjoyment it could bring until I actually spent time on it.

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Here’s the bottom with a fringe.

Finally, today I completed it and was able to get it off the loom. Here is the finished product.

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My five minutes are up, but I just want to encourage you to spend some time doing things you enjoy.We all need to find ways to relieve stress. Click To TweetEveryone seems to get busier during this time of year, especially moms. It’s easy to forget to care for ourselves when we are busy with activities and caring for others.Remember that you are important, too. Take time out of your busy schedule to rest and refocus. Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus, #SittingAmongFriends, #LMMLinkup, #Faith’nFriends, #inspirememonday, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #threewordwednesday