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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
TITLE: Binding Love
By Ann Renae Hair
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A tribute to:
Daddy: who God used to give me the most valuable advice pertaining to my life on this earth. When [my husband] and I had dated about a year, a co-worker of mine took interest in me. My feelings caused much confusion about what I should do. Daddy said, ďIím not trying to tell you what to do. But youíve been with [him] a year and heís a good man. I just donít want to see you let go of a good thing for a maybe. Just be sure thatís what you really want.Ē Thanks to Daddy, I have the man of my dreams.
Mom: who taught me the thrill of celebrating birthdays, including Jesusí. Thanks to Mom, I celebrate life with passion.
Ma: who has taught me the value of give and take and sacrifice that makes our relationship a unique treasure. She would take my place in this current trial if God would allow it. Thanks to Ma, I am less selfish.
Pa: who has always been faithful, loyal, steadfast, hardworking and kind. Thanks to Pa, for modeling a real man to my husband.
My husband: who emanates the character of Christ to me and our children. He, too, is faithful, loyal, steadfast, and kind. He is an amazing man. Thanks to him, I am blessed beyond imagination.
One friend: who taught me that Jesus loves me, forgives my sin and wants to be my forever friend. She persevered through the times I did not respond to her love message, and loved me still. Thanks to her, I have eternal life.
One friend: who taught me accountability. She helps me deal with real life struggles. We keep each other thinking Godís way when our thoughts want to take us down the wrong path. Thanks to her, I make better choices.
One friend: who has taught me that mentoring makes a difference. I helped her in her young days as a Christian. She now mentors and encourages me in my young days as a writer. Thanks to her, we are both blooming.
One friend: who has taught me opposite personalities can be one in Christ. Our differences created a conflict over which we where victorious and found a deeper level of love than we ever had before. Thanks to her, I think before I speak.
One friend: who has taught me to faithfully pray over another in need. She has been my prayer messenger, emailing me daily with her prayer written for me to bask in. Thanks to her, I send prayers to others.
One friend: who has taught me the Bible and helped me discover the ďreal meĒ that God made me to be, acknowledging weaknesses and growing out of them, while recognizing strengths to persevere in. Thanks to her, I praise God that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
One friend: who has taught me to wrestle with the deep issues of faith and discuss openly, without reservation, to try to understand what God has for us to learn. Thanks to her, I grow in depth of knowledge and insight.
One friend: who taught me that sometimes we are called to work harder for a season to help another. She is taking over my business during my recovery, setting some of her needs aside for me. Thanks to her, I have what I need.
Many friends: who taught me to share the ups and downs of life. We encourage each other and experience Godís goodness together. Thanks to them, I am transparent.
Elders: who taught me that it matters to be connected with a church. They prayed over me and my family and anointed me with oil. They brought my family together under Godís umbrella of love, which He lavishes on us with showers. Thanks to these men, I am of like mind with my dear family in how we approach God in this trial.
The love that binds us is God.
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