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You are a Masterpiece

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,  which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10

Can you wrap your head around this verse? You were made in the image of God, His workmanship. A masterpiece. You have been crafted and created by design. That design was set up before you were born so that you would accept Him as Lord, move towards His purposes, and start doing good things that put a smile on His face. You've had other options. All of us have. But at some point we all realize that someone has their eye on us. Someone is watching over us. Your life has purpose: to bring His glory into the lives of those that you are in fellowship with. As you build your relationship with Him, you will begin to truly enjoy all that comes with walking it out. Blessings will overtake you! Favor will surround you! So many times we are bombarded by bad news, ambushed by difficulties and adverse circumstances. That is part of life. But when we realize that we w…

Friends are Friends Forever

I love the feeling that you get when you
spend time with people that "get" you.
 Many years ago there was a song
being song in auditoriums all over the world
as people linked arms, held up lighters and felt
thankfulness in their hearts. It was a Michael W.
Smith song and the chorus went like this:
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

Everybody needs friends. Someone once said that you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. In other words, make friends with as many people as you can. In Mark 2 there is a story about a man that was paralyzed. He couldn't do anything for himself, in fact, we don't know if he could even speak. He was immobile and unable to function in his life.
There are many people today that are "spiritual" paralytics. They don't talk, they can't move and when it comes to doing even the simplest of tasks for the Lord, they are unable to function.
But the man in this story that was paralyzed was special. Special? In his condition? Yes, because he had friends. At least 4 of them that we know of. Four people that believed in his dreams, loved him unconditionally and were willing to make personal sacrifices to help him get well again. What did they do? You'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out!
Take a moment today to think about friendship. How many "real" friends do YOU have? Not Facebook ones; genuine, flesh covered people that you know and care about. My prayer is that they care about you like these four men cared about our immobile friend. For this man in Mark 2, good things were just around the corner...