Amazing Friendship

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 When we have an amazing friendship with someone, we’re always happy to see them.  Since it has the status of being amazing, they likewise are happy to see us too!  And I doubt very seriously you greet each other in monotone voices much like the cartoon characters  ‘Sam-the-Sheepdog’  going to work greeting the  ‘wolf’  with….”Uh – good morning Ralph.”  ~  “Good morning Sam”   (A cartoon may I remind you that was part of the great Bugs Bunny collection!)

Paul knew about this kind of friendship. “Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it with plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus the Messiah!” Romans 5:11 MSG.

I could probably tell you in my own words what ‘plodding prose’ means, but I wanted to look it up.
*Plodding ~ slow and boring.
*Prose ~ matter-of-fact, common place, dull expression.

We catch a glimpse of David’s amazing friendship with God when we see how he pours his heart out through worship and praise in beautiful expressions of loving words!
“But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit.” Psalm 86:14 MSG. “I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets, singing your praises in town and country. The deeper the love, the higher it goes.” Psalm 27:9-10 MSG.

Pretty Amazing huh? No ‘plodding prose’ coming from David’s mouth!

Our amazing friendship with our Papa God should find us shouting His praise and honoring Him with sweet Hallelujahs! 


 *Paintings by Bob Byerley & Robert Duncan

The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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