we fail, but God doesn’t =)
“A Faithful Friend
When you increase your awareness of God’s presence, you gain divine companionship.
You don’t have to live long to discover that God created people to thrive on companionship. Children love to play with friends, and adolescents enjoy socializing. Adults maintain relationships with friends and colleagues and make lifetime commitments to a spouse and children.
No matter how many or how deep your friendships, however, at some point you begin to realize that human companionship is not enough. Even the best of friends can’t be around you all the time. They move away, fade away or die. They don’t always understand what you are going through. They aren’t always faithful and dependable. In short, if you try to meet all your companionship needs through human beings, you are doomed to perpetual, unfulfilled yearnings.
But God does not expect us to have only human friends. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus, having been “tempted in every way, just as we are,” understands us completely. Psalm 121:3 assures us that our divine friend is always available to us: “He who watches over you will not slumber.”
Your heavenly Friend always listens. He freely communicates with you without barriers. When he expresses affection, he means it. He is patient with your immaturity, forgives you when you wrong him and stays committed to you even when you ignore him for long periods of time. He is always faithful.”
(Bill Hybels, Too Busy NOT to Pray, p163)
also, i think i really needed some sg time yesterday – a break from my week of nothingness. and partial studying. we/people threw together our/their collective Biblical knowledge to help each other understand various issues a little better, and it was just a general time of sharing and listening in a group setting. my fav hahah
and i got to listen to and truly understand Romans 7:13-25 (what someone aptly called “the sin cycle in Romans”). I live through it constantly, but apparently not during the two or three times i’ve actually studied this passage. Because in those times, i just found myself navigating through the puzzle of words, patting myself on the back when i figured out the “meaning.” if i were to have truly understood it, however, i would be comforted by the fact that it happened to even Paul all those years ago, that it’s not just me who knows what i should do and yet keeps doing the wrong thing. it’s enough to make me despise myself, stupid person that i am. but hey, there’s always someone who loves me, so all’s good =)
so bottom line: thank You for small group time last night.
spurs vs grizzlies game 1 2011 playoffs sunday afternoon…..right before my wonderful monday FAR exam! yay. now..back to studying.