It’s almost been a month…

Goodness…I have GOT to get better at writing (typing) on this thing. So much has happened over the past month…

For those of you who don’t know yet, cause we just didn’t spread the word, Blaine is now pastor of Bethel in Jennings. A year of praying and fasting and seeking…because God knows what I need and made me begin waaay early before this was a thought. We are excited and we see the Lord at work in some mighty ways! We love Bethel. We love Jennings. We are content yet ready to keep moving forward.

A couple of weeks ago, we lost my mother in law. She battled for so long. And we rejoice knowing she is with Jesus whole and healed and in her glorified body. As a wife, that was a tough week. How do you comfort your best friend, the love of your life, during a time when no words or actions can even bring comfort? Well, all I could do was bring him, and his family before the Lord.
Someone very close to me said some words to me that stuck with me…she said, “Now you don’t forget to grieve too.” Such needed words. Sometimes we go through things and because we aren’t the person completely, directly affected we hide our emotion. But that’s not what the Bible says. In face! The week before my mother in law’s passing God was showing me this very thing. We weep with each other and we rejoice with each other! That is the body of Christ!

And wow. Our church family. Did I mention we love them?! So much. They stepped up and loved on us so much! So so much. I am humbled that God has chosen us to SERVE this church. Yes SERVE. As followers of Christ we are not called to lead as the world defines leading. We are called to serve God and serve others. And they served us so well in our time of need!
I love the game of how we can outserve each other! You should try it! 🙂 Put others before self. It is what Jesus did!

I know I try to add in what God is doing and showing me and all I know to say is this is it! I am just overwhelmed and overjoyed by all that God has given us. While he also takes away, he never leaves us empty. Never! And also…go read 1 Samuel.

1 Samuel…if you think fiction books are gripping then you need to know the Creator of those minds! Cause yes, while Satan can turn our thoughts toward evil, God is still the one that created them. Read 1 Samuel and you’ll understand what I am talking about. I study a chapter a day as i read the word, and I have been left on the edge of my seat so many times. God’s Word. It is just so powerful.

Be looking for more to come!

Friday I am going to go have a date with my mom! We are going to a concert she was just dying to go too! It is my first concert with my mom! So I am excited! And then Saturday we are going on a day mission trip to Houston to meet and love on some refugees and learn about their culture! In order to love and show Jesus we have to meet people where they are and love them to Christ. Not become like them, but love them before Jesus changes them.

Ah. God is just so good. Thanks for reading!

Tiffany St. Germain

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.