i have to say it. cheezy or not. i have been overwhelmed by my friends. i always think i have the best friends ever - that i could run them in a contest against other people's friends and come out way ahead. but leaving my home, i was shown on a larger scale how true that is. the dinners, parties, cards, hugs, prayers, looks, smiles, words. all of these meshed into the moment when a few friends prayed for me after church my last sunday. the weight of their hands on my shoulders is something i shall never forget. someone said, it is your friends who make your world. now my world has to stretch to include california - but i think with my friends, that can be a reality. and i'm still hoping a few will literally join me out here.
as some of you know, i got my irish tattoo (above) to "remember" what the LORD has done for me, as moses tells the israelites to do in deuteronomy. what i love is that the LORD doesn't just do one or two things that i have to hold onto for the rest of my life, waiting for some future day when i can finally be blessed again. He's continually adding blessing to blessing. my friends are now a part of that story. kansas city is added. jacob's well. kerry & i's bible study. my time at devry. and there's more yet to come here in la.
one more thing - i was reading in my utmost for His highest on sunday and loved it. oswald references isaiah 45:22 - look unto Me, and be saved. he says, "the great spiritual difficulty is to concentrate on God, and it is his blessings that make it difficult. troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere...look unto Me and--not you will be saved, but you are saved. the very thing we look for, we shall find if we will concentrate on Him. we get preoccupied and sulky with God, while all the time He is saying, look up and be saved. the difficulties and trials--the casting about in our minds as to what we shall do this summer, or tomorrow, all vanish when we look to God. rouse yourself up and look to God. build your hope on Him. no matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and look to Him. look unto Me, and salvation is, the moment you look."