Thankful for the Gift of Fellowship

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  
I John 1:7 KJV

Fellowship of Family –

Our family is by no means perfect.  We fall short often.  But, we have supported and loved each other through the most difficult times.

Many times I ask, “How is it, Lord, that your Light shone upon me and You bestowed the “bestest of the best” brothers in all the world?

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“Hey, Sista!”, are his words to greet me.  I love those words.

We’ve laughed together, cried together and supported each other through thick and thin.

Even in our heated political discussions, we depart our separate ways with a hug and an, “I love you.”

One place we do not venture often is the thought of walking this walk in the world  without each other.  Too painful to think about in our fellowship of family.

Fellowship of Friends –

We all should have those special friends who fellowship around us.  I have a few to mention.

Michelle is a dear friend I fellowship with almost daily.  We keep each other in check through the good, bad and ugly places we experience.  We steer each other back to seeking the Lord’s help in prayer for all our needs.

Sarah is a long-time, long-distance friend in Texas who I miss often.  She and Allen are a great married couple who have allowed me to witness a marriage walked in love, patience, and forgiveness.  Not a perfect marriage, but one covered in grace.

Mary (Larry), Kathy (Richard) and Judy.  They are my dear female junior high, high school friends.  Wow, the journey we have taken together.

Love, love, love them.

Mary, Larry and I gather once a year at Kathy and Richard’s lovely home in Fruita, Colorado to ride in the Tour de Vineyards.  What a great gathering with friends to  fellowship together.  The hot tub is nice, too.

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Thank goodness for Mary and Larry riding along with me on the Tour de Vineyard ride when I lose my sense of direction and take on more miles than I should.  They redirect my path so I so don’t ride all the way to Utah.

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Gary and Ellen (long-time friends with Kathy and Richard) gathered with us a couple of times, too.  I was graced with a short friendship with Gary.

One time before Gary’s passing away, he told me he prayed his life made an impact in the lives of his kids for the Lord.  How much he loved them and desired for them to walk their walk of faith fully to the best of their ability.

When Richard gave the eulogy at Gary’s service, he stated their fellowship was one of 20 years.  Weekly they met together, prayed together and held each other accountable to walk the “7 Promises of a Promise Keeper”, https://promisekeepers.org/promises , in the Lord, to become better fathers and husbands.

Judy, Mary and Veronika are friends I don’t get to see often, but no matter the time passed, we can pick up where we left off.

These are just a few.  There are so many others who are there for me, cover me in prayer and make my journey so much better.  Just like part of Robert Frost’s poem –

The Road Not Taken

“…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

 

Do you have a fellowship of family and friends you are thankful for?

It makes all the difference.

God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

About bpfshg

I am a widow/single mom excited about finding new adventure, even if it stretches my abilities. Daily, I am challenged by the wisdom of the Bible, Oswald Chambers’ devotionals and the “still small voice” of the Lord as He meets with me every morning. I have enjoyed lots of fun things with my kids and friends... ice fishing, scuba diving, traveling, sleeping in the rain forest with little critters, camping (even below zero weather), hiking, biking (250 mi. ride, the Royal Gorge-lovely), walking a tight rope (25 ft.), built/slept in a quinzhee. Yes, scouting can stretch one beyond belief when you're a mom. I enjoy outdoor activities, cycling and just recently, standup paddle boarding (it doesn’t hurt when you fall). I love Colorado, great place to live! I am discovering how much I love “words”… His Words. They are written on my heart and constantly on my mind. With much prayer and a humble heart, may the words I write be pleasing to Him. And He said unto them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature. Mark 16:15
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