I still have their first words saved on my computer.
No, I’m not talking about my children.
Theirs are scribbled in baby books.
Well, the first two are at least.
I went back and made some up for the third child.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who did that.
But I digress. As I mentioned, this isn’t about my children.
It’s about some new friends.
Friends I haven’t even known a full year.
Friends I have never hugged in person.
Friends whose face I only know from the picture on their blog.
And from their words.
The words I’ve saved are their comments encouraging me in this blogging journey.
Their words may have been freely given, but they are not cheap. To me, they are priceless.
These are not “traditional” friends.
They aren’t the ones who stood beside me at my wedding or traded mothering secrets when we had itty-bitties.
They aren’t the ones I served with, cried with, and celebrated with for decades.
But make no mistake. They are friends.
They are regularly featured on my prayer list and I hear of their prayers for me. One reminds me that I’m “on Monday’s list.” Not a day goes by that I don’t hear from one either via a blog comment, a message, or a tagged post on social media.
I have come to know them through their words as they write about the struggles of life, small victories of the week, and sometimes just the mundane of the day.
They pour out their hearts on their own blog and then they stop by for a visit at mine.
And when I read the words they leave for me, I can almost see the surrounding aurora of grace as the words lift off the screen and plant themselves in my heart.
They are my friends. And I absolutely adore them.
I’m no stranger to trading words with friends. In fact, it’s not uncommon for my husband to question me after a girls’ lunch, “What can you possibly talk about for three hours?” (And it really blows his mind when I reply, “Oh, we had to cut it short.”)
But I’ve never ONLY traded words with friends.
I’ve decided exchanging written words is like speed dating for friendships.
If words are powerful, the written word is dynamite.
Yes. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone through the words they choose to record for you to read.
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The best friend of all offers the most important words ever
As much as I love getting to know others through their words, there is one whose Word I value above all.
The Lord God Almighty chose to have approximately 800,000¹ words recorded for you and me.
He wants us to KNOW Him. He calls Himself our FRIEND (John 15:15). More importantly, He wants us to come to a saving knowledge and FAITH in Him.
His Word is worthy of our time. His Word holds the power of life. His Word opens the door to His friendship.
I hope you meet new friends on this new blog.
I hope you’ll comment and let us know how we can pray for you and let us get to know you.
But more than that.
If you don’t know this Jesus we speak of so often and this faith we hold so dear, I pray you’ll ask.
And if you are shy about asking, there’s a page about the HOPE we have in Jesus over on my space that will get you started.
He is the author of all creation and the original Word.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
And then The Word gave his own life so that we might one day see him face to face.
The Word was freely given, but it was not cheap.
In fact, it is priceless.
“…these are written so that you may believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. …
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
I am looking forward to embracing the journey with you, new friend!
¹ Source – 800,000 is a rounded average for the mainstream translations.