Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Friends

(My ADHD Me, Truth 4 the Journey, Chatty Kelly and Sue J)


On Monday, my dear friend Sue J had a brunch in my honor. (This was to celebrate my status as a "published" author because of my article finally coming out in the November issue of the Proverbs 31 Woman magazine...nearly one year after I submitted it!)

Bloggy friends Truth for the Journey and My ADHD Me were also there. Patterson 5 was on the guest list, but was home with a sick little one. Two non-bloggie friends (Stacy & Gwen) were there with us as well. We wish YOU could have been there too.

I am a social gal and thrive on friendships and fellowship. God created us in his image, and I see that I am like him in this regard. God created Adam. He saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18). So then came Eve. Throughout the bible we see the importance of relationships.

David's best friend was Jonathan. The bible shares of their close friendship in 1 Samuel 18 - 20. Jonathan loved David "as himself." (Love your neighbor as yourself.)

Even Jesus who was perfect desired fellowship with his disciples. He didn't go through his ministry alone, but had close friends. Simon was one of his closest friends, whom Jesus called "the rock I will build my church on." (Matthew 16:17-19) John was another good friend. John called himself "the disciple Jesus loved." (in John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7 and 21:20. I picture John wearing this shirt.)

But even in a relationship with Jesus, there were troubles. Many times Jesus' disciples didn't understand what he was saying. In John 6, they say "this is hard teaching. Who can accept it?" Yet, they admit there was no where else to go, Jesus had the words of eternal life. Other times, they let Jesus down...sleeping when he asked them to pray for him before his crucifixion, and of course Simon denying Jesus three times.(Matthew 26)

I know I've let my friends down at times, yet they are still still my friends. They've stood beside me in bad times and in good. I am so thankful to have them to help me celebrate the good times this week.

So today my encouragement for you is to make a friend, be a friend, and have fun with a friend! I had fun with mine! Since you bloggy friends couldn't be there, I leave you with this quote from 3 John 1:14, "I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name."

Proverbs 17:17 -- A friend loves at all times.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 -- Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Chatty Kelly

27 comments:

Runner Mom said...

Congrats, girlfriend!!! I can't wait to read your article! Truly a lesson in patience, but I know it's worth the wait!!

I LOVED the t-shirt! You've made me laugh this morning!!(Our heat is NOT working downstairs this morning, so...it was a little chilly at breakfast!! They are coming to fix it after lunch :)

Like you, I love being with my friends. I enjoy my quiet time, but I'm a people person. So glad y'all got together!

Love ya,
Susan

Sue J. said...

So glad you had such a good time--you deserve it! (Now, can't wait to see it!!!)

My ADHD Me said...

I had a great time too. but you know i HATE having my picture taken and really wish you could have cropped me out. One more of my many issues.

I see how you treat your friends (myself included) and I personally consider it a privilege. You're one of those people that recognizes when someone needs something (from a phone call to a dinner to watching someone's kids) and you do it...without fanfare. OK, enough mush..

On Purpose said...

Yeah Kelly, Congrats!!! This is such fun and exciting news. What a blessing to be used by God, and be surrounded with great friends.

Edie said...

Congratulations to you! Looking forward to reading the article. Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you; really I do. :D

Love the photo and glad you didn't leave ANYONE out!

LOVE that shirt. We could start a club with that! LOL

Greg C said...

Friends don't let friends blog alone. Congrats on being published. Hopefully one day I can say the same thing. I am making it a point to extend the hand of friendship these days. I like having friends and the more the better.

Mrs. Sidney said...

I love the verse at the end of you r blog... that is one of my favorite. I have been known to make mistakes in friendships and I am still learning... congrats on being published.

Julie Gillies said...

Congrats, Kelly! Well done, my friend. Wish I could have been there celebrating with ya! I can't wait to read your article.

I have an article coming out in P31Woman magazine as well - in February, 2009.

Bovee Brigade said...

Hi!
Great blog and congrats! I have a blog post that you may be able to use to bless other ladies. You mentioned about spending time in fellowship with friends. In my post Celebration of Motherhood it takes fellowshipping with friends a step further. Check it out and let me know what you think. Feel free to use any of the ideas to bless somebody you love.
Blessings,
Christi

Jessica said...

Chatty Kelly is social? LOL who woulda thunk it?
:-)
Congrats on your sale!

B His Girl said...

Yeah! This is a moment...I can't believe it's happening to youuuuu, Some people wait a life time for a moment like this. Sing it Kelly C:) I'm glad you could celebrate with friends. I don't subscribe to the P31 magazine, maybe I should since you and Julie are going have articles. Enjoy the moment and keep going. More awaits you!

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Kelly,

I'm glad that I was able to be a part of the celebration. I can't wait to see this first article in print!! YEAH!! Praise God!!

How do those lyrics go, "it's only just begun..." I believe this is the first of MANY more articles to come. Keep writing. :)

Love,
Sonya

The Patterson 5 said...

I'm so honored to be your friend! Your sister is right you do have a gift of being there and doing for others without the fanfare! I'm looking forward to reading your article and Sonya's right to you've only just begun! There will be many more!

God's girl said...

Celebrate good times, come on', it's a celebration.

Celebrate good times, come on', it's a celebration.

There's a party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years...for the...um...la la la da de do da...gonna' celebrate...da la da de do...hum de dum...(no clue! but congrats anyways!!!)

Edie said...

I'm really starting to like God's Girl. :D

Barb said...

That's wonderful...congratulations on your published article!! I tell you what, I'm starting to become intimidated by the MANY wonderful writers I've come across while blogging. I have been blessed, inspired and encouraged by their words.

Mary said...

Congratulations published writer! How wonderful! I love what you have to say about friendships -- they are a precious gift from God!

Beverlydru said...

I want to live near you! Thanks for sharing this highlight with us! How cool is that?!? Published... this is just the beginning! And I love the photo. ADHDme looks happy too!

Brumbemom said...
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Brumbemom said...

Thanks for the reminder about the importance of friends and relationships, now I think I need to go e-mail/call some people ;-)
Also, congrats on the publication!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on being published!!!

What great fun to meet up with bloggy friends, I've only actually met one of my blog friends but look forward to meeting more in the future. Until that day I just love them all through cyber-space.

KelliGirl said...

Kelly,
Congrats on your article! Way to go. Glad you had a great time with your friends.

Edie said...

Darn, my comment got lost, and there's not even a word quiz.

Yes I read all my comments, but I confess, somehow I missed the part about being a stalker! Better be careful or the FBI might shut down your blog! LOL

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Kelly!

I'm so happy for you.. .excited for you and celebrate WITH you!

By reading all these comments... I'd say you have MANY FRIENDS! WHAT A BLESSING!

Can't wait to read your article!
Holykisses,
Lea

Starr said...

Wish I coulda been there with ya!! Can't wait to read your article!! I will be tellin' everyone I know that you are a personal friend of mine!!
Love ya,
Starr

Jim said...

RE: "Always learning" -- here's a chance for you to do just that. The Bible says "prove all things" which certainly encourages believers to subject their ideas to Biblical scrutiny. Furthermore, it is axiomatic that one should not be presenting an idea as if it were Biblical if they cannot cite a single verse that would justify teaching that idea.  

You wrote: John called himself "the disciple Jesus loved."
 
However, the truth is there is not a single verse in scripture that would justify teaching the idea that John was the unnamed "other disciple whom Jesus loved" and yet most simply assume that this man-made tradition cannot be wrong and then interpret scripture to fit this idea. In order to sell this unbiblical idea it is claimed that John is referred to in the five passages that in fact never mention him but that rather talk only about the anonymous one whom "Jesus loved" -- but this is easily shown to be the logical fallacy called circular reasoning. This idea comes from NON-Bible sources and is imposed upon the text, when the text says nothing of the kind.

If one will heed Ps. 118:8 then the NON-BIBLE sources on which this man-made error is based will give way to the facts in scripture which prove that WHOEVER this anonymous author was he most certainly was not John.
  
Is it honoring to God for one to present an idea AS IF IT WERE BIBLICAL if they cannot cite a single verse that would justify teaching that idea? But those who promote the unbiblical tradition that the "other disciple whom Jesus loved" was John do just that (even though a search of the scriptures will reveal that this is a false man-made idea).
 
We're told, "[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man". Given this explicit statement (along with similar statements in scripture on this matter) it is clear that one should be leery of those who encourage people trust in NON-Bible sources and put their confidence in unbiblical man-made traditions. To show respect for the word of God we need to heed the Biblical admonition to "prove all things" - and not simply be repeating the ideas of men but rather looking to scripture and searching the scriptures to see if what we have read or have been told can stand up to Biblical scrutiny.

Defenders of the John tradition can choose to ignore the facts stated in the plain text of scripture if they prefer to quote the words of men who quote other men who quote other men but one thing that neither they nor their non-Bible sources cannot do is cite even a single verse that would justify this idea. No one ever has -- not those who originated this unbiblical idea and not those who repeat their error unto this day.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, I am so happy for you, Kelly!