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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: Friendships
By Yvette Stupart


“Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD …’ ” (1 Samuel 20: 42 New International Version)

Almost seven years ago I started graduate studies as an international student. The programme was mostly an online format but I had to travel to the United States for residency two weeks of each year. Of course, I faced many challenges. But I carried in my heart a deep confidence in God. He assured me that he opened a door for me that no one could shut (Revelations 3:8).

For the five years that I studied, God demonstrated his love and faithfulness to me. I developed several friendships during this period which he used amazingly. At my first year residency, one second year student invited me to stay with her family during the two remaining residences. Another student encouraged me throughout the program as I grappled with failure and financial difficulties. Also, I cannot forget my professor who invited my family and me to stay in her home to attend my graduation.

I think about my five years’ journey often. But what stands out most is that I could not have done it on my own. It would have been impossible without the friendships and caring relationships God placed on my path. Similarly, as we reflect on the story of David, we see how priceless true friendship is. God used Jonathan to help David achieve the purpose he appointed for him. In that extraordinary friendship, Jonathan stood with David amidst of his own father’s anger and evil plans.

Friendships make a difference and this usually mutual. In my own experience, God used me in special ways to touch the lives of my friends who helped me. Through my prayers and words of encouragement, I lifted them up in times of their own uncertainties. We can be sure that Jonathan gained from his friendship with David. He loved David as himself (2 Samuel 20:17).

These are the wonderful cords of affection and friendship that bind us. People from different backgrounds are intertwined through empowering relationships. Such relationships have the power to propel into us into our destiny. In the same way, take a while to think about the greatest friendship we could ever experience. We enjoy this deep and satisfying bond with our Father through his only son Jesus who died for us.

I am thrilled that Jesus calls me his friend!

This article is based on my personal experience.

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Graham Insley04/21/12
A good testimony. Well done.
Janice Quimby04/22/12
A great story. I liked the way you tied your own experiences as well as the friendship of David and Jonathan into the challenge topic of the week.

I did notice 3 places where the grammar could have been better. You misspelled "program" by adding "me to it. Then the last part of this sentence doesn't make sense: In that extraordinary friendship, Jonathan stood with David amidst of his own father’s anger and evil plans.

I think I know what you are trying to say but it needs to be reworded.

This sentence also needs to be reworked slightly: Friendships make a difference and this usually mutual.

This one would be ok if you put an "is" between "this" and "usually".

Keep up the good writing.
Genia Gilbert04/22/12
I like this particular piece of writing. You were honest, real, on topic. Best of all, you gave glory to the Lord for the entire five years, including the special friendships. Thanks for sharing your experience.
PamFord Davis 04/25/12
Very warm message of the reality of strength found in meaningful relationships; nice work!

Wing His Words!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/12
Congratulations for placing 6th in level one!