"Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made know to you" (John 15:15).
This reminded my of the hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus". He is the best friend that we could possibly have. He's perfect, faithful, shares our sorrows, knows our weakness, carries our burdens, shields us, and gives us peace! All we have to do is take it to the Lord in prayer.
I love the lines, "O what peace we often forfeit, o what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer"!
Thank-you, Jesus for hearing our prayers, taking our pain, and giving us peace!
526. What a Friend We Have in JesusText: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886 Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918 1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. 2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer. 3. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In his arms he'll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.
Continuing to give thanks...
-my children's friends
-my sister, my best friend
-Jesus, the perfect friend
-that Jesus shares our sorrows, carries our pain, and gives us peace
-beginning the advent season
-sisters, best friends
-making memories and having fun in outdoors, riding ponies and petting the animals
-ice rink preparations and nephews and a brother in law who are willing helpers
-laughing to tears and getting sore stomach muscles!
-gifted Christian comedians (Phil Callaway) and musicians
-her precious smiles
-her recovery from her foot injury
-proud great-grand parents