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Friends For A Season, A Reason, Or A Lifetime…

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Friends... more than just a sitcom... often the central perk in our lives!

Friends are said to come into our lives for a season, reason or for a lifetime…

I wanted to share with you today a poem that I ran across about the people who we cross paths with… very cool…

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Author Unknown

This concept truly amazes me… we never know who will come and stay… or even go… and sometimes they come and go and we don’t really know why… but they surely all arrive and leave with a purpose.

We should cherish each and every person that we encounter and hold on to the good… memories, lessons, love and laughter that we share each step of the way… I’m thinkin’ I’ll make a sticky note reminder for that one… for this and every season!

Who is your best friend… and why?

 


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Leap-Frog

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Rachael and her lil' sis Allie

I’m writing today as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Our theme for this month is “Leap.” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if you’re a Christian writer or author.

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” Rachael , my daughter. Today is her 21st Happy Birthday… and seeing as she was a huge fan of frogs, it’s time to run with Leap-Frog 🙂

I’m going to hop on over to Rachael’s world…

If I were a frog… that thought must have run through Rachael’s mind a time or two…

If I were a frog… what would I do?

Oooo to be a frog…

living the frogs life…

… leap… obviously…

leap would be my mode of transportation…

I could play outside all day long!

I would also eat some bugs… having a tasty bug or two would help keep me nimble and quick… quick as a frog.

I would hang out with other frogs… toads… croakers…

Frogs like rainy days… or so it seems since they come out of hiding when it rains…

A “leap” to me is moving forward with positive momentum… with the assistance of like-minded frogs.

Learning leap-frog as a kid was fun and exciting…

Leap frog required that you:

  • Believe in yourself. There are so many examples of taking a mighty leap when you’re a kid… learning to ride a bike with no training wheels… the first day of school… kissing an… eeeeks…. frog? … or was that actually Prince Charming?
  • Believe in your friends. You can’t play leap-frog by yourself. It just doesn’t work. Rachael has done an outstanding job of surrounding herself with a good group of froggers. They’re frogtastic! We are one… one body… one faith… one amphibian. Like-minded frogs speak the same language… when we are one that speak is universal ribbit… there’s just no getting around it.

I admire Rachael… she identifies with the most important part of life… and boldly finds a way.

When was your bold moment of leap-frog growing up, when you took the leap of faith?

Christian Writers Blog Chain


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Book Review: Surprised By Laughter by Terry Lindvall, Ph.D.

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Surprised By Laughter by Terry Lindvall, Ph.D., is subtitled “The comic world of C.S. Lewis.” As I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, so I thought this would be a great book to check out. I think it would be excellent for anyone who is a student of Lewis and would like to know a wealth of information about him. In that regard, this work is well done!

Lewis knew that not all laughter was good, and he knew how to focus in the right direction. Lindvall states, “We are created for our neighbors, to be in a loving and joyous community with one another. And here we discover that both good laughter and love have a tendency to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Jokes are shared and passed on. Laughter draws and gathers a sad world to its center. The sounds of laughter heard in another room will jerk the interest and curiosity of the hearer, and may, without any logic, draw the stranger in and elicit a sympathetic smile.”

This is a big book… 450 pages. It is well written and intellectual. I found the book to start off slow… and as I read on the work brought a deeper understand of and appreciation for C.S. Lewis and his humor. The book is divided into 6 parts: The Idea And The Legacy; Joy; Fun; The Joke Proper; Satire And Flippancy; and, Conclusion: The Laughter Of Love. All good stuff!!

Do you like C.S. Lewis? What books are you reading now?


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Top Commenters For January 2012

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January came and went in a flash for me… unbelievable that it’s February 1. I wrote 15 posts last month, 6 of them in the post series The Hydrologic Cycle And Your Heart. Moving forward for the next few months, God willing, the blog material should return to the usual diverse mix of my daily adventure.

I’m very thankful for the folks who stop by and share here at I’m Just Thinkin’. In recognition of the most frequent visitors who are leaving comments I’m sending the following books out to the top 3 this month:

Here’s a list of the top 10:

Carol Peterson (14)
Dan Black (11)
Christine Niles (5)
Arny Sanchez (3)
Traci B (3)
Adam (2)
Michael Galloway (2)
Tracy Krauss (2)
Adam Collings (1)
Chris Henderson (1)

Onward to February my friends 🙂


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Exegesis, Eisegesis & Use Of The Word

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"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God" 1 John 3:1

This is big boy church lingo that many people have never heard. I hadn’t, and as someone who is not a theologian I’m not sure I ever would have except for reading it in Chan’s Forgotten God.

It’s the two ways or schools of thought on applying material from the Bible…

Exegesis – Seek first the true meaning of the text and then figuring out how to apply it in our daily life.

Eisegesis – The subjective “drawing in,” or reading into the text our own ideas. Chan describes this as “you start with an idea or conviction, and search for Bible verses to prove your point.”

There is so much information in the Bible, and in many circumstances we can find verses that even seem to conflict. I have to make sure to keep the information within its proper context.

How?

  • Do I go there seeking wisdom? I have questions and need to find answers. This can be trouble if we are looking to make a point… I need to be mindful of trying to improve me when seeking wisdom, and by using wisdom to help others in a positive way. Continually seeking wisdom is a good thing… I need to keep learning.
  • Do I go there seeking enrichment? This reminds me of an organized reading plan, like reading through the Bible in a year. “Living By The Book,” by Dr. Howard G. and William D. Hendricks is an excellent resource to find out more about reading and learning from the Bible.

I think we do both… seek wisdom and enrichment… when we are healthy believers looking to grow in our faith.

How do you read the Bible?

Do you have a specific study guide that you use to help you learn His Word?


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