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Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)
- TITLE: My Best Friends
By Dot Hannah
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They quickly became my best friends. We huddled together as I cried against the chill, and we huddled together at life’s greatest pleasures. They were therapeutic for me in an unsurpassed way. I could never brood when we were assembled.
I was no longer shy and reserved when with them. The abundance of my heart poured out like water being poured from a jar. When the Lord fragrantly spoke to me in a small still voice, it was with their help that I quickly and gracefully recorded His every word. I talked with Him as though He sat directly in front of me, when they were present. My words were optimistic , with high expectations, because I know I am powerful when I speak words of power. He told me so.
He said to me, “Your self talk can erode power as surely as your spoken words, if they do not speak well of your God to yourself. Every word must be weighed with care. A living God is worth believing, and your words will reveal what you really believe.”
I must be honest. As hard as I struggle to stay unshakeable and positive, I frequently seem to get swiftly swept away by the stress of life. Like being pushed into a fast running creek, I grasp and struggle to stay afloat. When I finally reach His feet, I am extremely exhausted and miserably discouraged. This is when it is an essential emergency to get together with my friends, and express my feelings. The Spirit of God, soft and warm, purges my weariness like a broom sweeping a room. All the woodwork around the walls of my mind are cleaned and filled with the unwavering promises of God. Faith arises and assembles, as if being called to attention. Yes, and His every word is being recorded by me and my best friends, pen and paper.
“Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (NIV, Proverbs 7:3)
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