21 September 2007

Friends With Frogs

No, this doesn't mean that I have personal friendships with frogs (although I do understand that there is a wine loving bullfrog named Jeremiah who has befriended humans in the past!) It means that we are blessed.

We are blessed first and foremost to have a loving, faithful, holy, righteous, just, merciful God who is worthy of all our praise and worship . . . worth living every moment for. Robert and I are blessed as a family to have each other and to have 4 wonderful children that God has entrusted to our care. We are blessed to have parents on both sides who are alive, well and have loved God all our lives. We are also blessed in our friendships.

Last evening we dropped by some friends house to see their frogs. Every evening, at dusk, during this time of year, the frogs and toads come out in droves all around their house. Knowing that our children would be thrilled by the watching, chasing and catching of frogs, we received an open invitation to come by. It was a blast . . . not only for the kids, but for Robert and I as well. Our children and theirs together caught 15 of them (most of them toads). The frivolity ended with a great toad race! (I wish I had brought my camera.)

John 10:10 says “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” Our God is a God of abundance . . . in every aspect of life. The dearest of friendships in this life are just a small part of it. He overflows our hearts and gives us purpose for living. He provides for all our needs and then adds blessings. He is a God of abundance! (You can see more about this in my next blog.)

Tonight I'm thankful for the abundance of my God in the friendships that He's given us. Friends who have frogs, friends who garden, friends who paint, friends who are computer geeks, friends who camp, friends who are wild and crazy, friends who love foster children, friends who are retired, friends who enjoy caring for animals, friends from long ago who encourage our hearts in their following God. We are blessed with an abundance of friends who, just like us, are living their lives striving to please God.

So whether it's a great toad race or just an email, make the most of the friendships God has blessed you with, remembering that as iron sharpens iron, so friends sharpen one another. God not only blesses us with friendships, but they can be one of the many ways in which He shapes us.

And in addition to all of that . . . you learn new things through your friends. I never knew until last night that an Aggie could change a light bulb. I had always heard it took two. Gig 'em Aggies!

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