Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Recipe For Friendship

(I got this this morning in a devotional and thought it was good.)
    Sisters In Christ Friendship Recipe

  • Shortening - Provides texture. Our fellowship and friendship with our sisters in the Lord can add much depth and texture to our lives. We blend together in unity as part of the body of Christ.
  • Sugar - Adds sweetness. Our fellowship with our sisters adds such a sweet taste to our lives. If we didn't have sugar in our cookies, we'd sure miss it. The same is with our fellowship with our sisters. We can't leave it out of our lives.
  • Eggs - Holds ingredients together. Sisters in the Lord are someone to lean on. We are held together by fellowship with them. We are stronger because of them, their prayers, and their love in the Lord. We have a special bond in Christ.
  • Vanilla - Adds flavor. Sisters add that flavor we need. They give us that extra sensation. Without friends and fellowship we become kind of bland.
  • Flour - Adds substance. We need the substance a sister in the Lord can add. They give us many things by way of mentoring us when we don't even know it. Their shared testimonies and way they live their lives has an impact on us.
  • Baking Soda - Leavens. Leavening agents in baking helps to lighten the dough. Friendship with our sisters in Christ lightens our burdens through their prayer and encouragement.
  • Salt - Enhances flavor. We know that friendships add flavor and just when we need it, they help improve the tastefulness and quality of our lives. Friends are the type of people that know just what we are going through and are there when we need them.
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips - - The kind of chocolate chips we normally add to our cookies is semi sweet. Our sister friends tell us what they feel and think and that's okay. They can be honest and truthful to us. "Iron sharpeneth iron" (Proverbs 27:17).
  • Nuts...Optional - Just a little craziness in a sister friend is great! Sometimes a little zaniness in our friends can be just the ingredient we need.

Friendships take a lot of time and effort to bake up but they are worth it when we sense that sweet aroma and special bond that they bring. Friends that have Jesus in common will have lasting relationships, not just here on earth, but will dwell with Christ together throughout eternity.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24.

I wonder if I'm the type of friend that I should be to others, especially to my sisters in Christ. Am I doing all those things that I should be doing, like lifting burdens, adding flavor, helping hold things together with my prayers, and all those other things? I hope I can improve in this area.

So, is your life a good recipe for friendship?

Julia Bettencourt


MelanieJoy said...

Are you got this today!!! Yes, and God speaks...
This new found friendship God has given me through you is a sheer blessing...Love you!

Denise said...

I love you sis.

Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah you are a great blogging friend to me:) love that, I will pass this along to friends. Thanks.
love ya,

Anonymous said...

Julia Bettencourt, why is that name familiar. I think she writes children's books too doesn't she?

Denise said...

Oh,,,, I got this this morning and just loved it....... I need to make it and sew it out and frame it.... I have had a lot of people in my life but out of those people are some true friends.......... I think you are one of those.... I so love your flavor in my life.......

Melanie said...

This is just perfect! You are definitely someone I consider to be a friend.

luvmy4sons said...

Oh I do hope so. My friendship with my longest standing friend is surely being put to the test through this trial. And I have to say that as bloggy friends go you are right up there with the best!