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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Front Porch: Friends


I love to visit with a friend on my front porch in the early evening, when dusk transitions into nightfall. It is the perfect time of day to sit on our porch-rockers and talk as the stars begin to fill up the night sky. The conversations often vary between baseball, family, food, and the things that God is doing in our lives. One thing I especially enjoy is the unhurried atmosphere the porch creates as my friend and I enjoy the pleasures of each other’s company.
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God is a loving, forgiving, restoring, embracing, caring, faithful Father.
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There is no place beyond God’s strength...no boundaries to His love...no limit to His mercies...no shortage of His grace. He responds to us with lovingkindness and a multitude of tender mercies.
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One day you will be amazed to discover the many ways that God has used your life to be a blessing to others.



The impact of one life upon another can bring change, comfort, hope, encouragement, and many other influences for good that will make an eternal difference.
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It is in our times of deepest need that we find the depths to which the tenderness and grace of Jesus can reach. For who alone but Jesus can bring us comfort and assurance with His all-embracing love.
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There’s something special about creating a new memory with an old friend.
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The footprints of a friend will follow you into the valley as well as onto the mountaintop.
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When you don’t feel that you have to be perfect to be accepted…When you are given the freedom to be yourself in every situation…when you can ask for an opinion knowing you’ll be given the truth…when you can share your heart without the risk of betrayal…when being together is more important than what you do…that is when you know that you are in the company of a friend.
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God made us dependent on each other.  Even though He is with us and in us, He does not want us to walk alone. We need each other to help us grow in grace, to be supported in prayer, to express the Father’s love, to sense the Spirit’s comfort, and to know the Shepherd’s care. We need each other to be formed in character, to be encouraged in our fight of faith, and to persevere until that day when all our needs shall be fully met when we see Him.

©2018 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, all rights reserved. Photo by Marina Bromley. Used with permission.

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