Friday, April 27, 2007

Valued Relationships

This was today's devotional from "The Word for you Today". I thought this would be a good one to pass on to you all out there in blog land.
"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

Dr. John Maxwell writes: "If you want deep, lasting friendship, you cannot always be the strong one. And that can be frightening; especially if you've had someone hurt or manipulate you. But you must let a friend see you in your weakness. Some of us have never done this, and we wonder who we're lonely. We're going to have to get vulnerable to have a true friend.
"Friends serve each other. When's the last time you performed an act of servant-hood for a friend to whom you're devoted? If you can't remember, you're probably living with a core of loneliness. A friend is someone you commit to not because of what they can do for you, but just because they're your friend. And friends listen, even though they're busy. Listening is an act of love. It says "I'm going to put my own agenda on hold and devote myself to knowing and caring for you." Friends are not generally looking for someone who can talk very impressively or cleverly or with great wit. Mostly what they're looking for is a world class listener. Furthermore, when something goes right, friends celebrate. Do you do that? When is the last time one of your friends had God bless them-and you threw a party?
"If you're not in this kind of relationship right now, you can't make it happen, but you can open yourself up to it. You can start pursuing it. You can ask God to guide you. You can take little relational risks. And if you already have friends like this, prize them, protect them, enrich them in every way, and take that friendship as deep as you can".

Here are to my dear friends that I value and cherish. Thank you for your support and encouragement!!!!!
Your loyal friend, Tammy

14 comments:

Shari said...

I'm thankful to call you "friend".

My facial feels awesome - I don't feel like "frump lady" anymore!

Rhonda said...

Hello dear Tammy

I hope that your day was wonderful!!

Bless you!

Holly said...

Hi Tammy,
Thanks for that post. Tirzah and I were soooo thankful for your "help" yesterday (friday) at Shoppers. THANKS! ;o)

Jen said...

Tammy


I needed this post as a reminder today....
I cherish friendship sooooo much, thanks for reminding me that that is good.

Tammy said...

WE all need to be reminded of how much we need each other. Your welcome Holly, anytime. Thanks gals for all your support and your friendship!!!!!!
Your loved and cherished, Tammy

Amy said...

Oh how I love friendship....although at times it is very difficult with other woman..

Oh yeah, I heard the blessing party is at Roxannes...something about a BBQ, ducks and some coffee??

Jen said...

I'll bring the TEA!!!!
Wait until after Mother's Day, as I am dropping major hints to my family about this incredible clear tea pot with "BLOOMING TEA"...You coffee drinkers may be envious!!!!

Chinese style BBQ duck is amazing...can you make that Roxanne?

Rhonda said...

I heard that Roxanne makes adorable 'little sandwiches' for Tea Parties!!

Amy said...

Duck sandwiches I wonder??

Tammy said...

I'm in for the blessing party. But I can't make little sandwiches. Let's set the date, does Roxanne know she is hosting a party?!!
Tammy

Roxanne said...

Will your husbands let you come to my place? I may not be the greatest influence! LOL

Jen said...

My husband for one, would be more worried about my influence on you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Im not in your blogg but i want to come,,, it sounds fun,,,,

Tamatha said...

nice......thanks for sharing that.:o)