December 1, 2011

The Friendship

If you’re popping over from Melissa’s Online Bible Study, thank you! I’m just so glad you’re here!

And, I want to welcome my She Seeks friends today too. What a joy!

I am with you and will save you,’ declares the LORD. Jeremiah 30:11

My three seater couch rests only me tonight. Yesterday, four snuggled cram full, singing to that famous red nosed reindeer. Tonight though, two others lift their voices. Alone, under the warmth of my heated blanket, James Taylor and Carol King pour forth beauty from my television. {The lavish luxuries of a home, heat, electricity don’t escape me}.

Neither do friendships. Last night, time with three friends filled in the gaps. Like mortar in a rock wall.

As do the Names of God; as does friendship and time spent with Him. Holding our pieces together when we fall apart. He builds us back up when we crumble. Gives us form and shapes us when our confidence wavers. He doesn’t require us to be a certain way to restore us. Just that we are willing.

I’m wondering… which Name of God resonates most with you from this list? Would you mind leaving a comment sharing which and how it speaks to you? That’d be so sweet.

Some of us are facing times when friends are scare. Maybe feeling the friendship of God is scarce. Though we may not ‘feel’ Him,  we can know and trust this: He offers warmth and longs to pour forth beautiful songs and lavish love on you. Call on His Name as a remembrance of who He is. Always faithful. Always near.

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  1. Anita Owen says:

    Oh yes, I have A FRIEND in Jesus, must I NEVER EVER forget! People tell me I am an “encourager” but I have seen the other side of myself. The side that says nothing, forgets to send those cards out because I am too “wrapped up in myself”. Thank you so much for this POST!!! I will continue to read your blog of encouragement to remind me to encourage others even more so. After all that is what Jesus does and the WORD says!

    • You’re very sweet Anita! I can tell you’re an amazing friend and I pray you are refreshed as you refresh others.

      xoxo, Sam

  2. Sam, THANK YOU for your precious post this a.m. GOD knew your words were exactly what I needed to hear this morning, as my marriage is undergoing quite an attack from the enemy. Today, I will refer to GOD as JEHOVAH NISSI, for HE IS my banner, my shield, my hope in the midst of this battle.

    • Dear Kendra, I’m so sorry your marriage is under attack. The thing I love most about the idea of Jehovah Nissi is how in Roman era, armies flew their flags on a pole at their front lines. This gave soldiers hope and a place to focus. What a beautiful thought that God is our place to focus and our hope. Friend… may I pray with you?

      Dear Lord, thank you for Kendra. Thank you for pairing her and her husband together. Lord we ask that you protect them and cover them. Be their banner of hope and focus as the enemy shoots his darts their way. Lord, please be their refuge and strength. Thanks so much for protecting them. Amen.

      xoxo, Sam

  3. Jehovah Mekoddishkem

    This one resonates with me the most right now, a gentle reminder that whatever God has set me apart to do, I need to give it my all. He has set me apart and I am NOT of this world. I stand with my fellow believers, pointing the way to the only Way, the Truth, and the Life that is in Christ Jesus. If I fall, He will pick me up, I just need to keep pressing forward, fulfilling His will, and trusting Him to fill in the gap.

    Love your posts Sam, both here and on Melissa’s page. You are beautiful inside and out!! Love you girl and I mean that too!!

    <3 Heather

    • Awww, Heather! You’re so sweet!

      “If I fall, He will pick me up.” True, so true. And what sweet hope there is in His faithfulness. Each and every moment of each day.

      Pressing on with you girl! Loads of love to you too!! xoxo, Sam

  4. YAHWEH. He is my everything. In every way. Give and take, ebb and flow, beginning and end. It resonates with me more than I can explain. It’s more meaningful and reverent than when I call Him Papa. It’s a cry, a plea… an acknowledgement that I am nothing and He is everything. It’s a ” come to me right now! Hurry don’t wait!”. It’s says “Fill me father… I am empty! Hold me… I’m slipping into the pit.” and sometimes to me it means “I see you Father… I’ve found you, now i can rest.”

    • Jenn,
      I’ve prayed for you this morning! Thank you gor reminding me that HE is the Great Yahweh and my Abba Father! I pray that he hears you, lifts, and holds you when you fall.
      Hope you have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

    • Wow, Jenn….. that is beautiful!! What a sweet sense of how dear His presence is to you and how close you are. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Merry Christmas friend! xoxo, Sam

  5. I am definitely weary and burdened and need rest! I’m a 40 yr old mom with two young boys. In August 2009 I went from being very active and healthy to all kinds of auto immune illness. I’ve been to so many doctors and have had tons of tests/labs with little improvement. I long for healing from the GREAT PHYSICIAN!!! I’m watching for the miracle that HE is able to provide!
    Thank you so much for reading my post and the lovely prayers you’ll provide! I appreciate you!!

    • Shari, I can’t imagine how hard it must be. I’m sorry for the pain and lack of answers. May I pray with you?

      Dear God, thank you for your love for Shari. Please heal her Lord. A simple four word request whose answer bears the weight of much. We know you’ve asked us to approach your throne of grace with confidence, and so we do. And again ask once more, please heal Shari. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

      xoxo, Sam

  6. Thank you Sam, for your uplifting words! I have always been a believer, a Christian. But it was not until the last several years of hardship, that I realized the TRUTH in having a friendship with Jesus. My husband’s company went into bankruptcy, which caused us to personally sink into a black hole of debt. We went from a comfortable lifestyle to a life stripped down to just meeting our bare necessities. And I know this is not an unfamiliar cry, with the economy holding many hostages. But, the TRUTH of His comfort would have passed me by, had it not been for this struggle. Jesus is my friend, my Savior, my Lord. And for me it took this time of desperation, to fully lean into His love. I have never been more content in my spirit, than I am now. He is molding me, strengthening me, and growing me. I no longer have the large group of “friends” that used to fill my time, with playing tennis, going to lunch, shopping. Now, I have a smaller but growing, group of true, friends [women of faith]. And I can tell you that my spirit and soul gets refreshed and nourished more now, because of Him and his faithful followers. I PRAISE HIM for showing me this TRUTH. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28b (NIV)

    • Jamie, thank you for telling us about the journey you’ve been on. It’s a thing of beauty! And reminds me so much of the amazing story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They knew the Lord in a way others never could if they hadn’t gone through the fire with him. One of the neatest things about that story is when they came out of the fire, the only thing burned was the ropes that bound them.

      Sounds like God has burned yours up too! So happy for the friendships you’ve grown: with Him and your new friends!! 🙂

      xoxo, sam

  7. Oh girl — this blessed me so! He is truly our friend! And He loves us all so very much.

  8. Mine isn’t on the list- Jehovah Roi- The God Who Sees.

    I’ve known in Him better through studying His names, but this one- knowing He sees all, has been such a comfort to me this season.

    Your heart blesses me, friend!

    • How did I not include that one? One of my most favorites too. And how He provides wells in the desert… amazing.

      Love you!

  9. This was definitely something I needed today. God will fulfill me in everything. I have recently been struggling through a lot of past issues and it’s been a hard battle. That, plus school, and other stresses and life is becoming overwhelming. There are 2 names that speak to me today. Jehovah Nissi as He is helping me through this battle I am facing and Jehovah Rapha as I am working through and trying to heal from many emotional hurts from my past. Thank you for this devotional!

    • Thanks so much Kimberly! I pray His healing fills you to the brim today and you feel His nearness like never before. Blessings to you friend. xoxo, Sam

  10. Samantha – Thank you for your written words. I needed to see the words in front of me to realize why I’ve felt down, or at least why I think I feel so discouraged lately. My friends are scarce! I feel alone, and not totally plugged in to my home church. The one faithful friend I have is Jesus and my sister who has a load of problems and is currently going through a divorce. Our church went through a change of leadership a few months ago. My friends (or at least who I thought where my sisters in the Lord no matter what) have left the church and I feel so alone. Currently my husband doesn’t go to church when in the past he was part of the leadership. I really don’t have anyone to confide in at home or at church anymore. My new pastors are totally fabulous but they are so busy with helping people that seem to be hurting so much more than me or at least it appears that others are hurting more than me…drama!

    I’ve served in different leadership rolls in the past and now have no roll in the church at all. I feel the Lord or least I’m pretty sure it’s the Lord, prompting me to start moving into more of women’s type of ministry but I feel my life is a total disaster right now. On the home front things seem pretty bleak – I feel I’m the only one in my home serving God or at least trying to serve Him and now I feel that I’m supposed to minister to women. Huh how can that be??? But anyway I said all that to say that I need God in this way right now:
    Jehovah Nissi is our banner of encouragement that gives hope and a focal point when we’re in battle.
    Jehovah Rapha restores, heals and makes healthful
    EL-ROI “The strong one who sees”

    Take Care and Bless You! Lori

    • Lori, change is difficult, huh? I changed churches a while back and left ministry positions too. It can be quite lonely. I pray you find a new niche and your husband does too. And for wisdom from above as you pray about walking into a new leadership role.

      Bless you as you trust in the One Who Sees you, friend. xoxo, Sam

  11. Samantha, your writing is amazing. It never fails to touch my soul. I forward so much of what you write as it is what so many need to hear. Blessings to you for your heart open to God and the Holy Spirit.

  12. Yahweh. It is the sound of breathing “Yah”(inhale) “Weh” (exhale) Just like the song “Shout to the Lord” proclaims with every breath, all that I am, I worship You! Sometimes, when all I can manage is to breathe, I realize that He is the one who gives me breath and I am acknowledge Him with every one.

    Even though it has been considered “too holy” to utter, the fact is that God has sewn into our very being the steady sound of His Holy Name.

  13. Thank You Sam, your words are like a breath of fresh air, it is all in a name. I AM is whatever we need at every moment of every day. Today I resonate with El Shaddai because He truly nourishes and satisfies me. Sweet Blessings to you today.

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