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Activated February 2014

Love and Friendship - February 2014

It’s said that a good friend has the power to divide our sorrows and double our joys. Find out how to be that kind of friend.
 

01-02-2014
Being a Friend
Being a Friend

When Jesus told His disciples, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,”1 He was literally describing His upcoming death on the cross to save humanity. The subsequent events proved that He was willing to give up everything for us, His friends. Jesus’ love is perfect and His friendship is perfect.

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01-02-2014
Real Friends
Real Friends

When I was a teenager, I thought I knew it all. I was full of insecurities, but I was also full of opinions—strong ones! Looking back, I feel sorry for my parents. I’m sure I wasn’t an easy child to raise, especially as a teen. I didn’t like the fact that I had stricter parents than some of my friends did, and I pulled away from my mom and dad, as many teens do. I was sure my parents didn’t understand me, and I was right—they didn’t! None of their other kids were anything like me. I questioned everything and...

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01-02-2014
Love Beyond Limits
Love Beyond Limits

Consistently thinking of others and trying to meet their needs, especially when that involves personal sacrifice, is a tall order! It’s so easy to be lazy, selfish, and self-centered. Most of us are that way naturally. Our first reactions are usually about ourselves—what we want and what will make us happy. But with Jesus’ help, we can develop new habits and reactions, which with time will help us become more loving and caring individuals.

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01-02-2014
The Poetry of Love
The Poetry of Love

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
—Proverbs 17:17

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A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
—Proverbs 18:24

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01-02-2014
Known to Him
Known to Him

I guess I’m in the season of life where I’m so occupied living life and keeping up with all my projects and everything I need to do as a mother, caregiver, teacher, and wife that I just can’t seem to find the time to write blog posts and letters to friends about myself.

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01-02-2014
Singing in the Train
Singing in the Train

Jack sank deeper into his seat in the cold train carriage and pulled his hat down over his ears. He and his fellow passengers had been stranded there for several hours already. The steam locomotive and the lead carriage of the overnight express train had jumped the tracks halfway between hell and nowhere. Now all they could do was wait until help arrived. It was 1959, the middle of winter, and the dead of night. No power, no heat, and no light except for a few flashlights that the conductor and some passengers had.

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01-02-2014
The Lower Lights
The Lower Lights

When my husband’s health was declining and I was visiting him at the hospital, I would see other patients in waiting rooms or in their beds and think about what they must be suffering. Some of them, especially the very aged, would be lying there all alone, day after day. I visited the hospital daily for about a month, and no one ever came to see them. No one cared enough to come.

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01-02-2014
Limitless Love
Limitless Love

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.—Psalm 145:9,15–16 ESV

 

God’s love extends to every person. Ever since He created human beings, He has loved them. No matter where they stand relationally with Him, He loves them. They may not believe He exists; they may believe He exists but hate Him; they may want nothing to do with Him; but nevertheless, He loves them....

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01-02-2014
Bucketfuls of Roses
Bucketfuls of Roses

Things are going from bad to worse, Lord, and I think I know why, I thought as I pulled my sunglasses over my eyes and stuffed my hands as far as possible into my pockets. I must have done something really wrong, because I don’t think You love me anymore!

Yes, I do, a voice sounded in my heart.

No, I don’t think so.

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01-02-2014
Married to a Star
Married to a Star

In the romantic movies I watched while growing up, the whole universe seemed to pause when Mr. Right met Miss Right. From then on, apparently the only things they required for survival were doses of staring into each other’s eyes and embracing, preferably in some dreamy exotic locale.

Like many others, I believed this was a true picture of falling in love. But real life doesn’t work like that. I never found that perfect “Mr. Right”—at least not the Hollywood variety—but I did meet my own movie star.

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01-02-2014
The One and Only You
The One and Only You

Four tips for building self-esteem

It’s difficult to “love your neighbor as yourself”if your own self-esteem is low. God made each of us unique and has endowed us with a distinct balance of strengths and weaknesses. The problem begins when we compare ourselves with other people and their situations, or we measure ourselves by society’s standards of success and eventually find ourselves in a state of constant unhappiness.

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01-02-2014
Leaning on Him
Leaning on Him

It’s dinnertime.It’s not exactly a party, but it is a special meal. They booked a private room, ordered the food, and now they are sitting around, eating, drinking, talking.

The leader of this disparate group of friends had seemed very eager for the supper—he’d even helped initiate the arrangements. But now he is in a serious mood.

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01-02-2014
The Gift of Greater Love
The Gift of Greater Love

Love for others is a part of My divine nature, and when you receive Me, it becomes a part of yours too. Even though it is freely yours, you are still responsible to put it into practice and apply it. How? One step at a time, with one loving deed, followed by another, followed by another.

You can show My love to others in many ways—through forgiveness, mercy, kindness, thoughtfulness, concern, understanding, words of love, words of encouragement, words of praise, taking time to talk, taking time to listen, sympathizing, sharing the load, and giving of yourself even when it’s least...

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01-02-2014
Behind a Whisper
Behind a Whisper

He walked into the shop, accompanied by another young man about his age. He was well dressed and held an air of self confidence typical of many youth these days—that is, a superficial self-confidence that often hides feelings of insecurity and possibly some deep emotional scar.

I like to observe people. What can be more fascinating, mysterious, and captivating than a human life? What lies behind that apparently normal expression, those nice, clean clothes, and that well-trimmed hair?

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