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Aug
30

God’s Word on Friendship… there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

 
Encouragement Shared:  The bible states- A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17  It’s one of those verses that I have sitting on my dresser so that each time I stand before the mirror as I get ready for the day it is visible to me.  The verse is written on my heart and at the top of my mind.  It’s one that we all need to practice each day.  Sisters, we need to love one another deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.[1Peter 4:7]   I am the only child born to my mother Martha Clark, and when I was growing up in New York City, being an only child was a rarity.  The first perception of an only child, they are a lonely child.  The next perception of an only child, they are spoiled-selfish and manipulative.  Well the truth is we can all be that way regardless of our backgrounds or size of our families.  I recognized at an early age that friendship is important and of great value.  Growing under God’s grace and love the bible instructs us that we must be clothed in love.   Yes, sisters it always comes back to how do we love?  Do we love with a pure heart? Do withhold good from those who deserve it?  Do we dishonor others? Do we keep records of wrongs?  I know for myself there are many areas of love that God is pruning in me.  There are issues of pride and impatience that gets in the way.  It creates anger, resentments and dis-fellowship among the body of Christ.  Before we realize the friendship dissipates into nothingness and it becomes
a polite hello, a courteous exchange of words, or sometimes just a nod or a wave.  Yes, there are times that we are in a person’s life for just a short season for God’s purposes and reason.  Then there is a friend who sticks close than a brother. My encouragmente is that you go love on those special friends today…Via phone call, email or a note in a card do it in the name of love through Christ!  My prayer is that I [we] can discern those seasons of friendships and put on love. 

Prayer for Friendship:

Heavenly Father, 
You are love, we love because you first loved us.  Help us to find our way in love through your unfailing love and faithfulness through our Lord of lords, and King of kings Jesus!  Father your word instructs us -The end of all things is near. Therefore, your daughters   seek your wisdom to be clear minded and self-controlled so that we can pray. We will seek above all,  to love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  We will offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Father I pray that Each one of your daughters would use whatever gift she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone of your daughters speaks, that she should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone one of your daughters serves, that she would do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To you Lord be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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Nov
20

God’s Word – The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. Proverbs 20:7

Proverbs 20

Prayer:
Lord we praise your name… We thank you for pouring in us through the power of your holy word.  Your mercy and grace are unending.  Lead us to the rock that is higher than us.  Jesus is our rock.  Thank you for Jesus…May the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable to you, our rock our redeemer. Thank you for your forgiveness, may we be faithful to forgive those who would sin against us… Your daughters will be faithful to respect and follow those governing authorities you put in place, so that we will not forfeit our life.  It is to your daughter’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. We will not seek to participate in quarreling.  A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. We will be faithful to plow in season; so at harvest time we will have plenty.  The purposes of a woman’s heart are deep waters, but a woman of understanding draws them out. Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? All we desire is unfailing love only through you Lord will we find faithful and unfailing love.  Thank for your protection upon us, thank you for your mercy, grace and glory in each of our lives.  In Jesus name we pray…Amen!
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Things to Consider:

• It is honorable to avoid strife
• Be productive
• Be a woman of understanding