Friendships in Seasons {POTF}

15 This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, 17 but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me 18 (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord’s mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well (1 Timothy 1:15-18, WEB).

This is a place in Scripture, which can comfort many of us. We all go through times, where friends can opt to leave us. And, it is a hard thing to experience. . . but this Scripture offers hope. The hope is found through our Lord Jesus Christ! He is our Provider.

While friendships do change over time, let’s choose to realize the Lord is able to give us people to “do life” alongside.

You might be going through a “friendship drought” right now. Hang in there, dear reader. Keep relying on the Lord and praying for Him to bring you friends who are choosing to follow Him – who can help you along your way. Dive deep into your friendship with the Lord Himself, and stay connected to your Church family – even when the relationships don’t seem to be there or anywhere. He is working.

How does this passage teach us about friendships?

1… Remember those who have chosen to stay, when everyone else has moved on.

2… Not only do we need to remember these friends, we need to pray for our friends.

3… Choose to be a friend who stays with others in the valleys of life. Choose to be a friend who stays and is there to help refresh others in the midst of their trials.

When facing our own trials, it can be difficult to be there for another who is going through their own storm. It is possible, but requires due diligence. The best way to “be there” is use technology to check on friends, ask how we can specifically pray for them, or send them an uplifting song we come across.

4… Take some time and search your own heart. How have you wrestled with feeling ashamed of someone or their trial? Paul was blessed with a friend who intimately knew our Lord Jesus – and wasn’t ashamed of his friend’s circumstances. Being unashamed helped Paul’s friend to be emotionally available.

5… Put effort into pursuing friendships. I am not talking about taking ourselves on a mission trip to contact everyone we have ever met. I am talking about practical ways to dive in a bit more to cultivate deeper friendships. This means choosing to focus on one or two friends, praying for them, and learning how to be more selfless (focused on them, versus dominating the conversation) – so we can be there for them.

Each of these things are designed to help our relationships. But something must happen first. We need to make our friendship with our Lord Jesus our top priority. Allow Him to refresh you, so He can give you all that is needed to be there for others.

In Him,



Reviewing Sabbath – Lent 2018

“A few years, or more than “a few,” I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a few days at a monastery. It was near perfection (although we might of gotten caught roaming part of the land we weren’t supposed to be near). But, it taught me a lot about Sabbath-ing. ”

Image by Marius Masalar.

2017 Bible Challenge

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8, WEB).

Seems appropriate to talk about pausing yesterday, and now we move onto Sabbath. The emphasis is rest and meeting the Lord right where we are. Maybe, we aren’t in a good place – in life right now. The truth of the matter is – our great God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us, is ready to sit with and be with us wherever we are! (And He is working in our circumstances, grieving with (or perhaps, over) us, and waiting for us to let Him in)

Sabbath is talking about the weekend, in particular (whichever day you “celebrate” it). For those in ministry, your set apart day of rest might even be Monday or Thursday. Whichever day you set aside, take that time away to be with the Lord, to truly rest, and…

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#ShareFourSomethings – A Link Up Post

Hey friends! Tonight, I want to do something a bit different. Following Mrs. Disciple’s lead, I want to share my own four things for the month of February. This is a nice way to “recap” life. What are some new favorite’s in my life?

Choosing to join this link up with Heather’s “Share Four Somethings”.

Something Loved

Right now, I am clinging to Hawk Nelson’s new song “Parachute.” It is exactly what my soul needs to hear.

‘Cause I am falling, will You catch me?
God, I need You to be my rescue
I am broken, will You fix me?
God, I need You to be my rescue
Be my parachute

Coming in 2nd is Matthew West’s “Mended”, and this whole playlist right here.

Both songs are speaking greatly to me, as I walk through my own brokenness. 

Something Read

Right now, I am diving into “Enduring Trials God’s Way” by Scott LaPierre. This book is just soo touching, while I face health flares. This is my night time companion right now. I listen to my audio feature on my Kindle each night (if it’s charged enough), as I go chapter by chapter through this book – which the Lord is using to keep me close to Him and build me up!

Something Said

“. . . I think that deep connection we all long for will finally be filled when we see Jesus face to face. . .”

This was said in a Christian group I belong to. I only can share a snippet of it, since it was said in a closed group. But, I have been sorta clinging to // wrestling with this statement, where this longing might just be a longing for Heaven. Maybe, it is just a deep longing for the Lord. It might, it might be the Spirit stirring me to pursue Christian community on a whole ‘nother level (made for community, friends). But, it is something I have been thinking on.

Something Learned

Have I learned anything this month? There are always a lot of lessons I am learning. Some involve opening deep emotions. This is true, even in the food thing.

My big “lesson” this month has been to be more faithful to eating plant based. I have been experiencing much more POTSy moments the past few days. Nothing that has landed me in the hospital, thankfully, but it is the reality that my physical body has much different needs than others seem to. I don’t want more “black out” moments, so I need to really be careful with how I eat (because unfortunately I am getting back to where I was before, health wise).

This seems to be my biggest “lesson” these days, just trying to convince myself that avoiding temptations is worth it. Because it is a hard way of eating to follow. Just because it means more dietary restrictions. Right now, I am just being reminded that I can do this because God passionately loves me. He will help me do this. It’s just fighting through the emotions and temptations of this new way of living.

But today, I did find and make a delicious fully plant based and allergen’s safe banana bread recipe. Which I will share here soon. <3

Still seeking Him, just dealing with many moments of discouragement and depression,


Featured Photo by Jessica Ruscello.

Intense Craving {POTF}

Before we reach our “Intense Craving” post, let me first share this week’s memory verse.

“It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ (2 Timothy 1:9, TLB).”

Paul “wished to see [Timothy], not only on account of the warm friendship which he had for him but because he would be useful to him in his present circumstances (Barnes, on 2 Timothy 1:4).”

I appreciate how the King James translates this verse:

[G]reatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy. . .

In the Strong’s Concordance, this emotion is described as longing for, pursuing with love, and even intensely craving. If there was anything worthy of intensely craving in the flesh, shouldn’t it be to participate in the body of Christ? To be there for one another? To strengthen our relational connection to God and one another?

It is fairly easy to feel like a fish out of water in today’s social circles. Others don’t seem to intensely crave deep-seated community like I do, or rather the way I do. This isn’t me coming down on others, but loving (versus hating) who God made me to be. Because in today’s passage, it is not only acknowledged – it is accepted to intensely desire Christian friendships and to be around those people.

I am tired of pretending and being silent, while this “violent craving” continues on in my soul. My deepest desire is to cultivate deeper relationships with my Christian brothers and sisters. I want things to finally “connect” – building these relational bridges that circumstances cannot destroy when the next wavy storm comes.

In passages such as this one, we are reminded of our need for deep Christian community – that goes beyond Sunday mornings. Paul craved to be with Timothy in a physical sense, so he could be with his friend. But, there was more. Paul knew through his friendship with Timothy, he had things to contribute – that would help his friend in his circumstances.

I want these kind of friendships. I want close, godly, friendships like this one we see in Scriptures. God wants to hold us and bring us friends who will help us draw nearer, regardless of the fires we might be walking through. We were never meant to live out our Christian life solo. We need our Christian brothers and sisters.

 If there was anything worthy of intensely craving in the flesh, shouldn’t it be to participate in the body of Christ? To be there for one another? To strengthen our relational connection to God and one another? (Click to Tweet)

Just as we have fellowship with God through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are wholeheartedly invited to have fellowship with other followers of our Savior Jesus Christ. These are the people who will build us up when we are close to giving up, read Scriptures to us in moments of depression, pray over us, text us as we fight through a health flare, and remind us of God’s reputation as the Perfect Healer. This is worship through godly friendships.

Fellowship and relationships with our Christian brothers and sisters is a perfect gift from God. Let’s prayerfully consider how He might be leading us to build closer Christian friendships.

Seeking Him,


Featured Image is by Clem Onojeghuo.

God Gave Us Family (Blogging-For-Books)

God Gave Us FamilyMy “Kid’s Ministry” library is a bit bigger now. Over at Blogging for Books, I was graciously offered and given a copy of “God Gave Us Family” by Lisa Tawn Bergren (with David Hohn as the book’s artist). This isn’t the first time I have come across Bergren’s work, as I have reviewed several of her books. Her children’s books are my favorite from my collection.

God Gave Us Family does not disappoint, my  friends. Through this book, we are able to teach our children that it is God who has lovingly given us our families. Some times, our family just doesn’t look like other families. . . . but, it’s okay. Our great God has given us a family. The beautiful thing is acknowledging God has given us these beautiful, annoying, much loved people to be inside our family. He will even bring in others who aren’t related to us, but have become our family. This shows the goodness of God.

This is a beautiful story about one family in particular, but looks at how Little Pup views his own family – and the families around him. Our family life can look so different in comparison to that of others, yet it is still a gift sent directly from God.

The artwork in this book is absolutely amazing! Hohn and Bergren are a great team, where both of their talents are orchestrated – making this beautiful book! I absolutely adore this cute book and definitely recommend it to others.

Be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life! This is a beautiful book, that can help us point our children and loved ones to the One who has made them and our families. Right now on Amazon, you can receive this hardcover for under $9.50!

Below you can find other reviews of Bergren’s books.

In Him,


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.