The Art of Friendship-Book Review

In her book, The Art of Friendship: Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter, Kim Wier uses 1 Corinthians 13 to show how the love chapter relates to our friendships as much as it does to our marriages. Among many things I appreciated in this book is Kim pointing out what we want in friendships is what we need to be willing to give. Simple, but not always practiced.

After Kim mentions traits we need to develop for genuine lasting friendships, she spends time going into depth, asking penetrating questions to make us really stop and consider how we’re doing with our relationships. Some of those questions showed me I haven’t spent enough time evaluating certain areas of my friendships to make them the best they can possibly be.

If you desire to deepen your friendships beyond the superficial, if you desire to be a friend in every aspect of that word, then my recommendation is pick up a copy of The Art of Friendship. Don’t rush through it. Spend time in the book, answer the questions, dig deep into any new thoughts Lisa presents, and see what happens with your relationships.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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A Long Time to Wait

Forty years. A long time to wait. That’s how long Moses spent in preparation for the great mission God had in store for him.

A long time to wait but in the wait, God wasn’t inactive. During Moses’ time of herding his father-in-law’s sheep in Midian, God prepared him for his future role of leading God’s people through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

At just the right time, when Moses displayed characteristics of a man God could use, God called him.

Moses wasn’t the only person who spent years in preparation before stepping into the mighty work God had for them. Jesus spent thirty years before beginning his earthly ministry. Joseph and David spent decades in preparation before God said their time was right.

Perhaps we’re in a time of God’s preparation and really don’t like or understand it. We wonder what the hold-up is. We wonder why God delays. It’s been a long time to wait, and we wonder if God forgot about us. We thought we heard him correctly when he placed a dream on our heart, but now we aren’t sure.

So we wait.

And in the wait God prepares us. He gives us lessons to learn. Situations to overcome. Attitudes to adjust.

Hopefully, when God says it’s time to head into the role he created us, we’ll look back on the long time of wait and be grateful. Perhaps we’ll look back and realize without the lessons learned during our preparatory wait, we wouldn’t have the skills and abilities needed for the task ahead.

It is difficult walking through a long time of wait. However, at just the right time God will say, “Come now. It’s time to set out.” It won’t be one moment too early. Nor will it be one moment too late.

Any lessons you are learning or have learned during long times of wait?

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After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai…I have seen the cruel suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans, and I have come down to set them free. Come now; I will send you to Egypt. Acts 7:30, 34 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry-My Prayer For You in 2020

Welcome to Pause for Poetry, featuring a poem, Godly Advice, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

My Prayer For You In 2020

 

My prayer for you this new year

Is that God will pour on you

An anointing of His Spirit

Over all you say and do.

 

May His love flow through your actions.

May His joy show on your face.

May others feel His presence…

It’s called Amazing Grace.

 

May each new day be special

Filled with blessings from above.

May you feast upon His goodness…

Then with others share His love.

 

Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Three Things to Help Deal With Rejection

As an author I deal with rejection. Boy howdy. Do I ever. You may not be an author, but I believe it safe to say somewhere during your life, you have experienced the pain and awful sting of being rejected. If you can’t think of anything right off, perhaps you could go back in your mind to your early teen years. Yikes.

Maybe the rejection came from friends. Family. School. Work. Business endeavor. Church…Wherever it came from, it hurt.

In her book, Embraced, Lysa TerKuerst suggests three things to remember when we go through rejection of any kind. I’d like to share those with you today.

One rejection is not a projection of future failures.

Lysa says we need to acknowledge the hurt, but don’t see it as a permanent hindrance. Move on from the source of the rejection. Don’t let it shut you down in that arena of life. Don’t let it reach into your future.

There is usually some element of protection wrapped in every rejection.

Once we get past the rejection, we can look back and see how God allowed things to unfold the way they did for our protection. In his mercy, God allowed this.

This is a short-term setback, not a permanent condition.

The emotions that feel so intense today will ease up over time as long as we let them. If we give this rejection power to define us, it will haunt us long term. If we only allow it enough power to refine us, the hurt will give way to healing.

Did one of these three suggestions for when we go through rejection resonate with you over the others? Is there something you would add to help move past rejection?

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The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. Psalm 34:19 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Calico Chicken Soup Recipe

Full of  delicious vegetables, this Gluten-free Calico Chicken Soup Recipe is perfect for a cold winter day. To save time, the vegetables can be minced the night before.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 2 celery stalks celery, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed (canned chicken works well)
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 6 cups gluten-free chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lb green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

In a 4 quart stock pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and celery and sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat.

Add the garlic and chicken and sauté, stirring often, for 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, carrots, chicken stock, ground thyme, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the green beans, corn, zucchini, red pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir in the parsley.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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