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My New Friend

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some strong storms fried the capacitor on our air conditioner on Friday night, our as my grad daughter told her mom, "Pappy and Grandma Joan lost their capacity."

I know there isn't a "good time" for any inconvenience but this week proved to be even more trying. I'm in the middle of a book launch. I've written a chapter for a book that will be published Thursday. That's all I'm going to say about it. This isn't the place to promote yourself and if you really do want to know more send me a Spark Mail and I'll give you details. I'm recreating my web site and DGD is coming to stay with us next week. My panic/anxiety kicked in - Big Time.

In the midst of this whirlwind I received some insight from one of our dogs. I got up to go the gym super early yesterday and Joan decided she'd sleep a bit longer. Mallory decided otherwise. She jumped on the bed and began to bark until Joan got up and sat with her. On my way to the gym the thought struck me that God is an awful lot like Mallory. He sits patiently waiting to share His love, His wisdom and His prosperity and quite often we just don't pay attention to Him. Maybe its because His plan just doesn't fit into our plans. So he does something that causes us to add A and B together and come up with a bit of wisdom.

Maybe my AC, a few computer glitches, and the like were Gods way of saying "Yoo-Hoo, John, over here. It's me God!!!" I got into my swimming trunks and as I swam that voice crept into my thoughts.

"Why don't you take care ofthe things you can and I'll take care of the rest. It'll make your life a lot easier."

On top of being a drama queen, an emotional over eater, and suffering from panic/anxiety issues I enjoy controlling things. It's my thunder blanket. My answer to God was simple, well at least for me it was. "Why would you do that for me?" (I believe EVERYONE has a hidden agenda, lol)

"Because I want to be your friend," Was his gentle reply.


I was born cradle Catholic. I had it drummed into my head that God was many things, and friend wasn't one of them. This was more than just a bit uncomfortable. God has always been a lot of things to me but friend is a new one. He extended His hand to ease my burden so I could take care of the important stuff - namely me.

Maybe its not a huge revelation to you and maybe I'm taking something elementary and making it outstanding. I haven't won the lottery, but I'm getting comfortable with my new friend.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MONTANAWALKER 6/28/2013 2:59AM

    You might really enjoy an old movie called "Oh God" with George Burns and John Denver. I like to think of God as a kind old George Burns character. My husband was also a cradle catholic-all elementary and high school. It was a whole wonderful revelation to him, too, that God was a kindly friend who was always with you and always wanting the best for you and always forgiving you. When I am having a little panic attack I think "Greater is He who is within me, than he who is within the world." It's kind of my mantra when I am feeling anxious. and I loved the suggestion about the hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus"....go online and look up lyrics for some Protestant hymns and just read them as poetry. I think you'll like them.

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NUNZIATA43 6/27/2013 6:09PM

    Awesome! All we have to do is REACH OUT and He's there. That simple!!! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 6/27/2013 5:02PM

    There's always so much to learn in life.... Now you've got a whole new way of looking at things.

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SLIMLEAF 6/27/2013 8:35AM

    This is wonderful, John!

But hidden in there amongst the major revelation about God wanting to be your friend, I noticed the phrase "and as I swam".

Is this something else that you're keeping quiet about? Last I heard you couldn't swim, were starting to have a few lessons but really didn't feel comfortable about it. So how ARE things going on the water front?!

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NASFKAB 6/27/2013 7:57AM

  great blog as usual all the best

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LYNMEINDERS 6/27/2013 4:33AM

    God is good at tapping up.....

opefully this link works for you....may be a song you will enjoy

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    I hope your Friend got the air conditioner fixed. LOL.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/26/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon blog!!! It's so true, God just wants to spend time with us. He loves us that much.

James 2:23 says that Abraham was a friend of God. If Abraham was called friend, why couldn't you be? Why couldn't I be? We sing a song at church often called "Friend of God" written by Israel Houston & Michael Gungor. It's one of the congregational faves.

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ANATASHIKI 6/26/2013 3:19PM

    sure He is , best friend ever if you let Him. I don't like to have control , I don't know how to control my life , when I do, things get worse than if I just let them flow. I like to ask my fluffy friends for help all the time( they seem not to be bothered cause they always answer).of course I work and I do all that I can , but the final touch isn't mine.

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REGILIEH 6/26/2013 1:53PM

    My husband was raised catholic and I am Methodist, he started going to church with me and one of the 1st things he said to me was he did not know God could be your personal friend. I had never heard that said and now you said it too, very interesting. I was raised Baptist and you were always taught that Jesus was your friend. I remember the song we would sing, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". HE is a great friend..


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DR8561 6/26/2013 1:05PM

    He is so gentle with us. Thank you for sharing - it was a great reminder.

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NEEDBU66 6/26/2013 12:36PM

    very good news. emoticon

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RSHAID 6/26/2013 12:18PM

    What a great blog! I was also taught that God was many things. Sadly, I grew up fearing God! My kids, on the other hand, only know about a loving God. Sometimes I catch myself telling the kids that God would not like certain things, and my children usually remind me not to give God human qualities. Thank you for reminding us that he is a loving God.

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JEANNETTE59 6/26/2013 12:14PM

  John, you are blessed to be a blessing....God just gave you a little reminder, that He is a living God and that He desires a personal relationship with each of His children. Rejoice in His love!

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TERMITEMOM 6/26/2013 11:33AM

    John, it is a HUGE revelation! This is wonderful. He is your friend, He walks by your side constantly, you are NEVER alone! Now that you have discovered this, I wish you a lot of happiness and I am excited because I know there are so many discoveries awaiting you! God bless you!

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