Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Support One Another

Proverbs 17:17a (NIV) "A friend loves at all times."

Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) "Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel."

Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NIV) "If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"

John 15:13 (NIV) "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

What is a friend? From the scriptures above, a friend loves always, a friend gives good counsel, a friend helps friends up, and a friend will lay down their life for another friend.

That's a tall order - but the benefits of having good friends is priceless!

I recently went with one of my BFF's (Kelly Combs) to see her speak at a ladies retreat in North Carolina. While she was thankful for my support, I benefited by being at the retreat, and spending time with my BFF. Both people benefit in a friendship.

Having friends will take time, and effort, and the ability to trust.  Take the time to call your friends or email them today.

Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)  "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

18 comments:

John said...

I have many 'casual' friends and acquaintances but only three close friends, friends I trust with anything and everything. Throughout my life, I've suffered some great losses -- my first wife died of cancer, my little daughter died last year of cancer. I myself had it (Hodgkins) and survived, at least so far. Through this my comfort was my God and my friends. I shall ever be thankful that they are always there for me.

Nice post!

TanyaLea said...

Great post, Sonya! I love all the scriptures that you listed. There is nothing quite so priceless as those close friendships. But they are a 2-way sreet, but SO worth the effort! ...indeed, "there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother"

Blessings,
~Tanya

Cheryl Barker said...

How wonderful that you two got to enjoy the retreat together -- and that you got to support your friend in such a special way. We are blessed indeed to have a two or three friends who will offer that kind of support and love!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Yes, LORD! Thank You Father God for this reminder. In Jesus' name, amen.

Samantha said...

Amen.
It is so good to have wonderful friends.
Blessings to you dear one !

Heart2Heart said...

So glad that you both had the opportunity to spend some time together and to encourage one another. God is truly blessing you both!

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Debbie said...

Friendship is so important to me! It is truly a gift from the Lord. Blogging has introduced me to so many wonderful women that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

You're so right in your assessment.

"Having friends will take time, and effort, and the ability to trust."

But it's well worth the effort involved.

Thank you for visiting Heart Choices today.

Blessings,
Debbie

Andrea said...

Having great friends is indeed priceless! I am thankful for the awesome friends GOD has chosen to place in my life.

Thanks for stopping by arise 2 write, today.

Blessings, andrea

B His Girl said...

You guys look so cute and I know God is the center of you BFF status. Good thoughts to reach out to a friend, especially one who lives away. thanks, B

Jami Balmet said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my blog :)

And yes friends do take a lot of time to really develop good solid relationships and as women that is sooo important! Thanks for sharing this today!

Karen said...

This was a great post...and I enjoyed visiting your blog....

Tammy said...

Great friends are priceless. Love the picture!

Sonja said...

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit! The only other spelling of our name is SONIA... wouldn't it be interesting to know why there were 3 spellings?

I enjoyed visiting your blog and I'll be back again. This was such a good one on friends. I value my friends, they are a gift.

Blessings!
Sonja

Deborah Ann said...

Friends are the sweetest blessing from God!

Sara said...

Friends delight me! That's why I'm celebrating today.

Sonya Lee, I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/04/cactus-happy.html

Cactus Happy,
Sara

prashant said...

Good thoughts to reach out to a friend, especially one who lives away. thanks,

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LisaShaw said...

Beautiful message and photo! Kelly is precious and I'm sure you both are precious to each other.

Friendship is a treasure to have especially when grounded in Christ. I thank GOD for my friendships.

Praying all is well with you and your family. God bless!

Nishant said...

I love all the scriptures that you listed.
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