A friend sticks closer than a brother

David and Jonathan’s friendship
1 Samuel 18
V. 1 …There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David.
If you continue to read in your bible, you see David and Jonathan’s friendship in action.

My study bible says this about their friendship:
-it was one of the deepest and closest friendships recorded in the bible.
-they let nothing come between them, no career or family problems.
-they drew closer together when their friendship was tested.
-they remained friends to the end.

I’ve been so blessed to have a few friends like this in my short lifetime. They have stuck with me through thick and then. They have lifted my arms in times of trouble, and rejoiced with me in times of triumph. I adore them, and love(d) living life with them.

Some of them live away from me now and keeping up friendships in our busy world is hard, but those few friends whether far away or close by still remain a vital part of my life. I am so thankful for each of these ladies and the impact they have had on my life.

Who is your David or Jonathan? And even more so, are you a Jonathan or David in someone else’s life?

Be that friend that sticks by no matter what. So many treasures come out of that kind of committed friendship.

And the truth is, sometimes those friendships hurt. We hurt each other as humans, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on one another.
Jesus gives us a great example of friendship. He loves his disciples and his enemies even as they betray him and turn their back on him. Are we more worthy than God that we can’t love our friends even though they hurt us?

My prayer is that when the Father brings me a David or a Jonathan friend, I would remain humble and cherish their friendship. I would be the one to lift their arms in the battles and rejoice with them in the victories.

A personal story:
Over the past few years at Bethel, I have had several close friends. And they were wonderful friends. Friends who stuck by me and loved me and that I loved dearly, but I truly had a Jonathan friend after about a year of being friends. We sought the Lord together. We did ministry together. It was a friendship based on our commitment to the Lord and not much else. That is what held our friendship together. This special friend moved away and for 2 years I prayed for a friend like her to be in my space. It’s hard to have strong friendships 2 states away. I also prayed for her to move back. God honored my prayer, and she has moved back to Jennings. Our friendship has grown and we once again get to seek the Lord together and and do ministry. She is one of my very best friends and I thank the Lord for her constantly.

If you long for that kind of friendship, seek God’s face…and be patient. The Lord is gracious. And He wants to honor your heart’s desire when those desires line up with His Word.

The weekend

The weekend is here and we are excited for lots of fun! Blaine and I went on a date last night (first one in a couple months). It was nice to be alone and just talk. Payton was able to spend time with YaYa while we were gone.

This morning started with coffee and time with the Lord. Isn’t it wonderful how those two things go together?! Studying the life of David right now and learning to be more of a woman after God’s own heart. The Lord is so gracious and He just overwhelms me.

Woke up to Pay singing Jesus Loves Me. Such a sweet, sweet sound.

Heading out to a bridal shower in a couple of hours and spending time with church family eating crawfish. How does it get any better than that?!

And tomorrow? Well, that just brings more time with family and friends.

We know how blessed we are to have such awesome people (family-because that’s what you all are in Christ) in our lives. We cherish those moments and do not take them for granted. Thank you for reading this and sharing in my life. Praying the Lord’s blessings on you.

I also cannot wait to share what the Lord has been teaching me. It’s bits and pieces at a time and I am still sitting under this particular instruction but I will be sharing as soon as the Father leads.

Love each and everyone of you.

We get to live life together!

This question was in one of the bible studies I am doing:
What are some of the daily challenges, struggles, and pains you face as you walk through a normal week in the valley of life?

At the place and time in my life now, besides a few physical pains, I do not have many personal struggles.

But I look at our life in the ministry and realize that often regardless of our mountaintop we are amidst so many people struggling in the valley.
This does not come with the territory of being a pastor and pastor’s wife. This comes because we live life with people.
So much is happening in so many lives around us. Pain and joy. Trials and triumphs. Right now. Even as I am typing this, someone is hanging on for life and another is welcoming a baby into the world.

As God and I were spending time together he reminded me that he created fellowship for a purpose. We are to share in the joys with others, and we are also to share in the pain of others. We are to lift up their arms as Aaron and Hur lifted up Moses’ arms when they got tired so that the battle would be won.

My challenge for you today:
Are you living life with people? Or are you focused on you alone?
Are you being an Aaron or Hur to someone who is struggling? Are you sharing in joys and pain with others?

It isn’t always easy to walk with others through their pain, but it is rewarding. And it is what God calls us to do.

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

A man after God’s own heart

About two years ago I started a journey of reading Psalm 119. I wanted a desire and longing for God’s word. I didn’t want it to just be a daily duty because then, I didn’t do it daily anyhow. That long process of picking a part that oh so long chapter of Psalms began such a passion and longing for the LIVING word of God!
Since then, I have begun EARLY mornings with Jesus because let’s face it when else would I have time? I mean, working, being a mommy, a youth pastor’s wife…I mean that alone in detail is enough to make you want to sleep for days:).
But sometimes I have busy and not so great weeks. I fail to have those early mornings with the Lord. This week was one of those weeks. I would set my alarm and sleep straight through it. Oh and then there was that morning that I somehow set my alarm for Saturday on Thursday. I drove to work each morning with tears in my eyes because I missed my loving Jesus so much!
A girl after God’s own heart? Could that FINALLY be me?
As a teenager reading about David, I longed to be a girl after God’s heart. But how? When so much (the world) was craving my attention. This morning my time with Jesus ended up in 1 Samuel 13.

V. 14 But now your (Saul) kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.

The very first reference of David states that he was a man after the Living God’s heart!

David is not a likely candidate. We could list his sins…for a while. But that’s good news!

God does not choose those who have it all together! He choose those through whom His glory will shine through! Even through David’s pits…he always found his way back to God. That brings such hope!

Never forget: Jesus chose us on the cross! Never believe that you are not worthy to be used by God, but have that humble attitude. Because it is in knowing that we are unworthy and that God uses us anyway that we are most able to be used by God. We belong to the King! We are royalty!

Thank you for reading my heart!
Have an amazing day seeking after the Father’s heart!

Tiffany