What a blessing I had yesterday to share a cup of tea and piece of pie with a dear friend. She has recently had an answer to a prayer that she has prayed for over 14 years! Hallelujah! I have been her prayer partner for many years and have joined her in asking the Father for an answer to her heart's cry. As I sat chatting with her, the restaurant and people around us seemed to disappear as our world became two dear friends whose hearts the Lord has connected. Over the years of our friendship, we have prayed for one another's families and we have wept together and rejoiced together, as scripture says. I couldn't help but think of the word "authenticity". She is authentic - no highly spiritual dialogue, no flowery words, no trying to impress with her knowledge of scripture, no trying to fix problems. Just simply listening and sharing from her heart. The Lord was constantly in our discussion and we shared scripture. We were simply two friends walking through life together, sharing our journey and encouraging one another to keep on.
Do you have a friend like that? Are you a friend like that? How desperately I aim to be authentic. I am blessed to have several friends who are genuine, authentic, who I can go to at any time of day or night and ask for prayer and know that they are faithful. I endeavor to be the same kind of friend for them.
We are all reminded this week once again of how someone in the public eye was thought of as great, but his transgressions were brought to light. He is nothing like the man he has appeared to be on our TV screens and newspapers. My heart's desire is to be the "real deal", to be the same no matter who my audience is. May the fragrance of Christ permeate those around me for His glory.
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