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A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

KJV Listener’s Bible

    

                

18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

I am a friend of God

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2  •  1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.

Devotional

God’s Friend

We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe not. 
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so 

common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.

“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.

 To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?

Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.

James 2:23 KJV

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen

Power of Prayer

This post was a long time in the coming.

I had read a book a while back (I forgot which one, by Max Lucado that spoke about prayer in such a way that left an impression on me).  When I remember which  I will update this post to give the author credit for his information from that specific  book.  I have to apologize, because I have read so many Max Lucado Books.

Luke 11: 1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:“‘Father,[a]
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
 Give us each day our daily bread.
 Forgive us our sins,
 for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”

The power of prayer is magnificent.  The lord taught his disciples to pray.
He showed his disciples that praying can do marvels.
he was an amazing example, he prayed for hours, for days and even weeks.
In Max Lucado’s book, again I can not remember which one, but the following paraphrase from the book stuck with me…. it resonated so, because I felt it applied to me as well.
“Hey, how many of us are recovering prayer wimps? Seriously? Prayer wimps? You know the one who zig zags in thought while trying to meditate in prayer. The one who dozes off in sleep due to exhaustion while praying. We have moments where we are distracted, we are so busy we are exhausted. We have to work, tend to the kids, prep their meals, get ready for school, clean the house, provide for our significant others… Our days can be exhausting… Some don’t even have those few seconds or minutes to themselves for a quick prayer.”
“We’ve all heard that it is important to pray. We’ve all reached out to fellow prayer warriors in time of need, we’ve even been prayer warriors when our fellow brothers and sisters have been in need. It’s evident prayer is important and effective. We see those whom pray a lot and others whom don’t pray often. Some are stronger in prayer than others.”
“Some are the team seal six, alpha dog prayer warrior, multiple championship prayer warrior, they are in the ivy leagues of prayer while some of us are in the prayer wimps association. These warriors pray often, pray hard, would spend hours praying while others can’t find five seconds to say ” thank you Jesus for this day amen. ” Five seconds a prayer of thanks.”
“Now you and I, as well as those we know who are Members in the prayer wimps association have something in common. We have ADDiP ( attention deficit disorder in prayer) I am kidding we aren’t the only ones who struggle with prayer.”
We all would like to pray stronger, deeper, more powerful, more faithful. But we aren’t the only ones who’s struggled. Many of us have ADDiP.  This paraphrase that I just mentioned above in the last 4 paragraphs hit a me hard.  It struck a cord deep within.  It woke me up, like whoa this pastor also struggles with Prayers as I do.
I have no problem praying for others, but there are those times that I just can’t focus, can’t sit still, cant pray long enough etc.
Back to the Bible verse Luke 11:1-4, The disciples had asked Jesus for guidance in prayer. Not in teacher teach me how to raise the dead, dude I have a party to go to this weekend I want to impress this girl, show me how to turn water in to wine, not in how to heal, walk on water…. But in prayer…. And faith.
Mathew 7:7 (NIV)  “Ask and it will be given to you”  They asked, and they received the lesson needed to pray.  Without being able to pray, communicate with the father, be able to listen, all those amazing miracles that we could do would be for naught if we cannot commune with our father in Prayer.
Mathew 21:22″If you believe you will get anything you ask in prayer”.
Jesus also led by example. He prayed before he ate, prayed for the children, prayed for the sick, prayed in tears, he prayed in public, he prayed in private, he prayed for hours, he prayed for minutes, he prayed for days, he prayed when the heavens and earth were created, he who is one with God prayed.
We should strive to pray the way Jesus pray, so we two can be one with God in praying and meditation.  It is possible, we have to  be patient, strong, have faith and actually pray with all one’s might.
Imagine being of his friends, or disciples:
Me:hey John have you seen Jesus?
John: Nah man he’s doing his thing he’s out there praying again.
Always praying
In today’s day this conversation would have ended in so many ways.
Some may have made fun of him.
Some would have respected him.
Some would have looked at him as he’s wacky.
But he always Prayed.
Mark 6:46 – he prayed in the hills
Mark 11:25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
1thesalonians 5:16-18  – Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
James 5:16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:13Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Ephesians 6:18  – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  ***** this one I feel is most important. Pray in the Spirit!!!!
Luke 18:1 –Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
There was a minister Yiye Avila, may he rest in peace, (google him if you know Spanish) he was amazing preacher. He prayed fervently and for hours on end. I’ve felt that if there is anyone who prayed as hard as Jesus did (or close to) it would be Yiye.  His messages and teachings were God filled.  He taught his church you need to always pray, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit as the bible says.  You need to pray in the same manner Jesus prayed, not for five minutes, not for ten minutes, but for hours, days and weeks if need be.  That channel of communication with God should be open, we should be praying as we walk, as we talk to others, as we work. Praying 24/7.
Dear Father,
Thank you for this day. Thank you for all you provided. Forgive me for being weak for having ADDIP. Forgive me for my short prayers. I ask for strength and guidance and endurance to be able to pray long. To be able to pray stronger, to be able to pray more, to be able to be in the spirit while praying, to be able to pray 24/7 and have that constant communication with you.  Amen.

God’s Gifts

2 Timothy 1:6 Holman standard bible:  Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Where do we obtain the Gifts from God?
The Holy Spirit delivers these gifts to us.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another l gifts of healings by he same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The Spirit guides us by utilizing our talents that were provided to us for God’s Glory.
Corinthians mentions : wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
Everyone has different spiritual Gifts from God hone them, develop them, be guided by them and let it grow.
Here are some gifts given to you.
1.  The gift of a Savior:
“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
2.  The gift of God’s love:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” – Jer. 31:3
3.  The gift of God’s grace:
“For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
4.  The gift of God’s peace:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace
of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27
5.  The gift of God’s Holy Spirit:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” – Acts 1:8
6.  The gift of a brand new life:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
7.  The gift of freedom from bondage and sin:
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:1-2
8.  The gift of supernatural strength:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
9.  The gift of purpose:
“For I know the plans I have for you
says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.” – Jer. 29:11
10.  The gift of prayer/ direct access to God:
“And this is the confidence which we
have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He
hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know
that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”1 John 5:14-15
11.  The gift of hope:
“I pray that God, the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy
Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
12. The gift of knowledge:
The gift of “the word of knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8;  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,)
These are amazing gifts from God. We see where we can find them in the Bible but what does it all mean?
The gift of wisdom seems to be the ability to make decisions and give guidance that is according to God’s will.
The gift of knowledge is the ability to have an in-depth understanding of a spiritual issue or situation.
The gift of faith is being able to trust God and encourage others to trust God, no matter the circumstances.
The gift of healing is the miraculous ability to use God’s healing power
to restore a person who is sick, injured, or suffering.
The gift of miracles is being able to perform signs and wonders that give authenticity to God’s Word and the Gospel message.
The gift of prophecy is being able to proclaim a message from God.
The gift of discerning spirits is the ability to determine whether or not a message, person, or event is truly from God.
The gift of tongues is the ability to speak in a foreign language that
you do not have knowledge of, in order to communicate with someone who speaks that language.
The gift of interpreting tongues is the ability to translate the tongues
speaking and communicate it back to others in your own language.
The gift of administration is being able to keep things organized and in accordance with God’s principles.
The gift of helps is always having the desire and ability to help others, to do whatever it takes to get a task accomplished.
Use your gifts and talents entrusted to us by God. Grow in them. Developed them. Do not waste away your gifts. Be a blessing to there while serving God, these gifts are your tools to bring someone closer to God.
Thank you father the gifts and talents you have provided me. I ask that you guide me to hone my talents and my gifts so  I can glorify your name.  I ask for your guidance, so that everything I do is for your honor.  I ask that you guide me to grow in my talents and gift for your glory and your honor alone.
Amen

Discussion on Inadequacy with a 5 year old

Image result for inspirational  images to be qualifiedToday’s morning devotion ended with a nice dialogue with my 5 year old.The name of the devotion “INADEQUACY AS A BLESSING”.

The reading started with the following scripture:  2 Corinthians 3:-6 | NIV

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The devotion in essence continued on explaining how the holy spirits for us even when we are feeling inadequate with our capabilities. Several biblical figures were named. (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon). We are reminded how these men despite at first not being able became able due to the Holy Spirit to proceed with God’s will. We tend to be our own road blocks.
First quest that arose was, “Mom, what is inadequacy?”

When I began explaining, I realized God had prepared our bible study for me to be able to answer my son’s questions. The devotion, the subject, the biblical figures and even the question which arose was discussed last night.
I told my son feeling inadequate is when God tells us to do something, and we get scared (fear), we think and tell ourselves we can’t do it (doubt), we see all our failures and question God how am I able to do this task?

My son responded, “oh, so it’s just us telling ourselves we can’t do it, but God says we can?”
My response: yes my dear.
Next question from my son: how does that power to make us not inadequate for the task?
I told him, by opening your heart, ears and mind, doing so we will be able to hear God, let the Holy Spirit in and follow his will.
His next question: do I have to cut my heart open to have it open for him?

No darling, you need to want it, need to be open minded, cast away doubt, not be scared, and when you start feeling that tinkle, your goosebumps set in, that fire from within, you will know.
A year ago my son sang a song at a children’s service. He sang a medley of songs, one of my child hood favorites. At the end of his song, he tells me mom, I felt something stir, is that the feeling you get when God hugs you?

I told him yes.
My son asked how did these people (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon)mentioned became able to do Gods will.
I reiterated what the devotion stated “…. our inadequacy enables God to demonstrate the great things He can do with so little….”

“….Remember that Moses and David were mere shepherds, and Gideon was least among Israel’s men….yet the Lord accomplished amazing feats through them.”
“Our inadequacy can turn out to be a blessing by driving us into a stronger relationship with God. We can say with Paul, “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor. 12:9).”
The disciples were specifically instructed wait until you receive the Holy Spirit, then you will travel all over and speak of my will.
Acts 1:4-8 | NIV

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[A] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[B] the Holy Spirit.”6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This devotion from In touch ministries hit not only a discussion that took place last night, but a blog post I wrote about a few months back describing how God qualifies the unqualified. Many, and I mean many men and women throughout the Bible were deemed unqualified or inadequate. The God qualified them, the Holy Spirit manifested and made them adequate.
Such an amazing God we serve. To give us knowledge on things we know nothing of. To be able to lead the way, prepare our journey, to drop bread crumbs for us to find our way.
What a way to restore ones faith, giving me the power to realize with you before, I have nothing to loose, when I’m weak, you make me strong, where I lack, you will provide.

Father I thank you today for preparing me for this dialogue with my son. For dropping the bread crumbs I needed to explain to him that despite our doubt, fears and reservations, when you call on us to do something, only when we open up, not submit to these doubts, that all the inadequacies we once had, will be gone. Thank you for always instilling in my son that he can do all things in Christ. There is no can’t, we can, we must be willing and able.

Today I ask that you help me with my daily inadequacies so that I can be closer with you and do your will.

I pray for the person reading this. We are not perfect, we are human, but know, yes you reading this, release yourself form those doubts, fears and reservations. Open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to God. He will provide and make you adequate for the task at hand.

Amen.

7 word poems,

So I have seen a few people do some of these 7 word poems and I said why not let’s see what God can provide.
7 word poems.
1- Love, faith, trust.

Lord, it’s a must.

2-Father, Son, Spirit.

Praise be to Trinity.

3-Love, faith, trust.

Don’t need Pixie Dust.
4-Here, there, anywhere.

Open hearts, he’s Everywhere.

5- Exalt, pray, praise.

Glorify him, he’s raised.

6- Hot, cold, tears,

Spirit dances and cheers.

7- Humble, thankful, rejoice.

Brings blessing, his choice.

8- Scriptures, read, meditate.

Let them sink, resonate.

9- MARY, MOther MARY,

Did you know, MARY?

10- Ashes to ashes,

Dust we shall return.

11- Sing, rejoice, praise

Gates open, God sustains.

13- Hope, faith, love.

Look, see the dove.

14- Walk, in faith.

Trust with your heart.

15-Live in faith,

Love with all might.

16- He sees you.

Yet still loves you.
 

17- Lost, confused, scared.

Rebuke it, God Cares.

18- Lie, cheat, steal.

Livin in sin, unreal.

19- Save me, God.

Seek him, trust first.

20- Help me, God.

Obey him, pray first.

21-Heal me God.

Maintain your faith first.

22- Live, love, laugh.

Give all, not half.

23-Tired, frustrated, mad.

Almost over, be glad.

 

Just keep praying 

Riding on the subway and I start humming to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”…. but I wasn’t singing keep swimming I replaced swimming with prayer.
I don’t know where it came from… the sudden change in lyrics, but it just came out that way…(maybe it was not sudden, I was meditating during my commute).
Sing this to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.
This is going to be my mantra.

Just keep praying.
Your looking for answers?

Just keep praying.

Looking for healing?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a home?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a new job?

Just keep praying .

Looking for a partner?

Just keep praying.

Need to find a place of worship?

Just keep praying.

Want a pay raise?

Pray.

Planning for a family?

Pray.

In the midst of the storm?

Pray.

When you receive a blessing?

Pray.

When things are going great.

Pray.

No matter the circumstance,

What do we do?

We pray, pray, pray.
We are not perfect.

I’m not perfect.

We should aspire to be the best we can.

Try our hardest.

Give our all.

No matter what we face.

Good.

Or bad.
God first.

Always remember …

He hears us.

He can console us.

He can provide for us.

He can help us.
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.

Shackles & Chains

Ever felt like you were trapped in a cell like Paul an Silas?Locked, trapped, shackled, surrounded by four walls?

Image result for paul and silas
We’ve all experienced moments where we felt at a loss. Trapped. Suffocated. Isolated.
We all face trials and tribulations, some are bigger than others, some can even leave you in a situation of imprisonment. (Please for your own sake don’t let it get to that point).
So how do we get out of it?

How do we face our trials? Our moments of isolation and imprisonment?
Do exactly what Paul and Silas did.

Have you not heard what happened?
While imprisoned they started praying and praising.

What good did that do you ask?

They were freed.

The earth shook, the doors opened, the walls crumbled and they were freed. The romans weren’t too pleased but that was the least of their concern.
During their imprisonment do you know what Paul and Silas did?

They prayed, they praised, they prayed, they praised and then they did it all again.

Then they were taken out of prison.

God got them out…. broke them free…. a biblical Prison Break.

The full story of the events mentioned can be found in Acts 16:16-40; verses 16-24 discuss the events that unfolded that got Paul and Silas in Jail.

Verse 25-About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Prayers and praising God during the good and the bad God can release the shackles that bound you, he can break those chains. In the case of Paul and Silas it was literal, he literally broke the chains and shackled and freed them from their bondage.
This shows that their is power in calling on the name of Jesus. There is power in praising God. There is power in keeping faith even when the odds are against you. There is power in the grand I am.
Father today I ask you to free me from this bondage. To break away the shackles and chains. God I ask you to shake the earth so your presence is felt. I am grateful for you dear lord. Grateful for the air I breathe, the life you’ve given me, the people in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for all the life lessons you’ve taught me along the way. Even when the odds it seemed were stacked against me, you showed me that no matter what I am here, with you, and you will surpass this. I Pray for you reading this. That God provides you with what you need to break the chains, break those shackles and free you from your bondage. Amen.

#BFF


#BFF
Tween’s, Teens and Millennial’s (myself included) are constantly using Hashtags (#) for everything.

#Iwokeup

#Iate

#IhashtagforNoReason
We tend to post pictures of our loved ones and besties.
#bff #MyBestFriendIsBetterThanYours #MyBestie

Spaces between words no longer exists with the hastag movement.

#IJumbleMyWordsTooLazyToUseTheSpaceBar.

What I often see a lot is the #BFF #BestFriends.

Now I don’t find that offensive in any way. I too have best friends, friends I love dearly, and occasionally when I post a picture on social media i also #bff to these pictures. (such a millennial lol – oh there I go LoL vs Laughing Out Loud).
I married a wonderful man, whom I consider my best friend. He is just truly amazing. Amazing Individual, Amazing Father, Amazing Husband, Amazing Son, Amazing son in law, Amazing member of our Church, Amazing brother in Christ and an Amazing Best Friend.
I also have my best friends whom I have had since child hood, best friends that no matter how many days go without us speaking, no matter how long we go without seeing each other, no matter where in the country they live (none of my best friends live near me…They have all continued their lives in other states, that is ok, because distance does not kill friendships, they are my besties despite distance). Yet I feel we are just close as we were when we lived near each other. Love friendships like this that can last the tests of times and distances.

My siblings are my best friends…we fight, we bicker, we get along…just like your average siblings. I love them and I consider them my best friends.

However my #BestFriendForever has been by my side from conception.
God the father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. The Divine Trinity has been by my side since day one, while undergoing mitosis and meiosis in the womb, when I was just a single cell, before becoming a full fetus/embryo.

The Holy Spirit has been with us from day one. The Holy Spirit is your true best friend forever. The trinity has been with us from the very beginning, while are cells are developing into bodies, God was apart of that process, ensuring that every aspect of you and I came to be as it is today. What kind of best friend would be with your during these early developments? A divine one. #HolySpiritBFF!!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies
From day one. the Holy Spirit is within us, the Holy Spirit, who is God, is within us, guiding us. Divine, holy, eternal, true, omnipresent, omnipotent, always and forever with us. #HolySpiritIsMyBFFemphasisOnForever.
John 14: 6 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit guides and Helps us. The Holy Spirit teaches us. Our worldly best friends can help us, but none in the way God can. #HolySpiritIsMyBFF
Romans 5:5 “Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When we are Weak, the Holy spirit lifts us, guides us, intercedes for us, searches our hearts, knows our thoughts, encourages us, for God’s will. The Holy Spirit has done for you and I more than any one of our Best friends in the flesh has.

#MyBestFriendTheHolySpiritIsBetterThanYours. (ok, maybe that was a bit much…we do not want to gloat…father forgive me, but you get the idea.)
Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
The Spirit counsels us with Wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Currently at my church we are in the midst of studying the Trinity, but particularly the role of the Holy Spirit. These classes of the Holy Spirit has inspired this post. If you didn’t know you will now know that the Holy Spirit is God. He is apart of the trinity. We do not have Gods, but a God.
The Holy Spirit is a divine aspect where you can feel God. A mediator. The trinity Is God our father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. One God, three variations of God, yet the same one true God.
In these lessons, from where we have gotten to thus far we learned the personality of the Holy Spirit, we’ve learned the various names the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit (OT & NT). We learned the role the Holy Spirit places in our lives.
The main emphasis given throughout the lesson is building a relationship with God using the Holy Spirit. Just like in your friendships and relationships here, you have to build a relationship. You need to be open, honest, show love and affection, be close with the Holy Spirit. Treat God as your best friend… share with him. Have God be your #bff. That is possible. The Holy Spirit makes it possible.
Remember as mentioned before the Holy Spirit was there with you from day one. Don’t hold out, God knows you better than you do, but still maintain a relationship. The same way your closest friend knows with just one glance what you are thinking…. you still tell your friend everything.
God I thank you, I thank you for sending a piece of you to me. I thank the Holy Spirit for being that direct connection to you. For being my best friend from day one. For guiding me, enlightening me, pushing me, embracing me, toughening me, teaching me and loving me. Thank you for the outpouring love, for the miracles you have given in my life, and the miracles that have yet to come. I trust in you my lord, my true Best Friend forever. Amen.

#GodAlmightyIsMyBestFriend