Spiritual Non-Fiction posted November 8, 2011


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Meet My Best Friend

by Janie King

One of the most important relationships we will have throughout our lifetime is that of a best friend. A true friendship has value far beyond anything money can buy.

When I was in fourth grade, I invited God to live in my heart. I knew the decision would change my whole life. It's one thing to know about God, but it is entirely different to know God in your heart. He is just as real as the classmate that sits across the aisle from you in science class.

God is the Creator of heaven and earth. He is eternal. He's all-powerful. He rules the universe. Though He has all of these heavenly credentials, He is my best friend. He knows me like nobody else.

Knowing God sets you apart from the world and the things that make the world sick. He's a friend that sets a high standard for you and helps you reach it.

God is to be worshiped, but He's also there for us as a best friend. We can talk to Him any time of the day or night, He listens when we talk to Him. He feels what we feel. He never rejects or tries to manipulate us. He wants us to be the individuals He created us to be.

God has added spice and adventure to my life! I'm not a daring person. I don't like to take risks or learn things the hard way. As I look back on my life, I can see where my life would have been very, very boring without God.

It was God that chose my profession. When I was twelve, I faced the sadness of death for the first time. Some grownups in my life made the statement, "The doctor's mistake killed your grandfather." A fear of anything medical consumed me.

When I was twenty, the Lord worked it out to where I went to the hospital to pick up a friend's check to deposit for her. As we stood by her housekeeping cart, the Administrator of the Unit Secretary program came by. My friend introduced us and said, "Janie's looking for a good job." I was hired before I put in my application for a job I was still legally too young to do. I would be old enough by the time the eight week course was completed. I was the only one in the class that had no college experience.

To say I was freaked out would be stating it mildly. But my best friend, God, stuck right in there with me and helped me take captive my thoughts. Not only did I the complete the class, but within a year I was teaching segments of the class.

When I was 29 years old my best friend, God, began to prompt me to go to college. While I was there, He threw in a missionary trip to Germany, Italy, Holland, and Israel. Do you think He has allowed me to get bored?

My best friend, God, lives within. He sent an instruction book, the Bible, to help map my journey. He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay for my sins so I would be able to have eternal life. There's no question He has my best interest at heart.

I've always considered my life to be kind of like vanilla pudding. God was so close He gave me the strength to avoid such traumas as drug addiction, alcoholism and pre-marital sex. His road map, the Bible, helped me handle the inner struggles that might have been incapacitating.

Now that I've taken time to see where God and I have been together, I've decided my life has been more like a deep rich chocolate pudding.

Prayer

Lord, help us to not only know in our heads that You are our friend, but also birth that truth within our hearts. Help us to become more like You and to become a friend of others; that Your love will shine through our lives, so they can see how much You long to be their friend too. Give us a hunger for Your Word so that we may develop a closer walk with You. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen

Closing Thought

God is Holy and to be reverenced. Yet He has the capacity to live in our hearts. He can be with us in ways no one else can. He knows all things. We can trust Him to lead us to our destiny to reign with Him throughout eternity.



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The next few pieces are a series of devotionals I have written for a book entitled "Glimpses of Truth." For some it may be too religious, there is no pressure for you to read. For others the pieces will touch your heart or open your mind to a new idea. This piece is based on John 15:15 NLT (New Living Translation) God bless.
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