Hello Ladies ~ Today we have a note of encouragement from one of our dear ‘Sisters’. May you enjoy it and be inspired, to ‘be there’ for each other, and to love and pray for one another.
We Need Each Other
by Joanne Lewis
After reading Apostle Paul's letter to Titus, I began to reflect on Paul's life. Paul spent much time traveling and preaching. He received little rest. The emotional and spiritual tension he dealt with was worse than the lack of rest. He often met misunderstanding and suspicion.
Do you know, Paul's life was much like our lives as widows? We often find it hard to rest - especially at night. The emotional and spiritual tensions are very draining - has God forgotten us? Has our faith weakened? We are often met with misunderstanding. Why don't you move? Why are you moving? Why are you staying there alone? Why don't you go out more? Why did you leave our Saturday night club?
When Titus visited Paul, he was in a cheerful mood. Titus's friendship brought Paul rest. Their time together was very spiritual and physically refreshing to Paul and helped Paul tackle life with a renewed vigor.
"Friends Needing Friends" is our Titus. It renews us monthly. Widows need each other when we are feeling discouraged or depressed. Just seeing a friend who "understands" can brighten your day. Just last week, this happened to me as I was food shopping - food shopping for one - a job I really hate. I met one of my “FNF" friends and suddenly realized - I must stop feeling sorry for myself. I am not the only one who must shop for one; you know, my whole day brightened.
We cannot do without one another. We are privileged because we have "Friends Needing Friends" to help us meet our needs - spiritually, emotionally and socially. As widows we need each other.
Let us pray... Lord, thank you for friends who meet our needs. Thank you for the encouragement they give us. Help me to help others as they have helped me. Amen.
It is so true my dear friends. We do need each other. Now, I have a great suggestion for you this morning.
Pray and ask God to use you to start your own 'Friends Needing Friends" widow ministry. God wants you to serve Him and what better way than to have fun doing it.
All you have to do is invite several of your widow friends to your home. You could even serve them some cookies and tea if you wish. What Christian doesn't like to eat a little something sweet? (Smile)
As far as what to say and do, our blog has all the material you will need, and it even offers music to open your meetings and enjoy.
Remember---to pray first to get God's direction. Then please, write and let us know so we can rejoice and pray for your ministry.
Founder & Director of 'FNF'
This coming Monday, the 15th, is our meeting/luncheon for our so. FL sisters.
I am really looking forward to it as we had a vacation last month so it will be so good to see everyone again. If you can, bring a widow friend with you.
Have a great weekend and see you Monday ~ Rainey