Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Friends

Testimony Tuesday!



Years ago, when I made the decision to truly commit my life to the Lord and serve Him, I knew that I needed to walk away from certain relationships in order to follow after God wholeheartedly. He led me to a church were I knew very few people. Eventually I got involved in ministry and interacted with people more regularly but I felt alone because I was without friends there. The loneliness, at times, seemed overwhelming as I would go to and from church...


In that season, I ushered up a simple prayer to the Lord. In my loneliness, I asked Him if He would bless me with friends - ones that truly loved and served Him. That was in the fall of 1998. I can honestly say that I have been blessed with godly friends ever since then. Amazing friends. No matter what the season, God always provided the right people at the right time. I am grateful to the Lord for hearing the cry of my heart over 13 years ago and blessing me with the gift of true friendship. The times of laughter, tears, prayer, encouragement and iron sharpening iron over the years have been priceless.

God is no respecter of persons. The way He blessed me with friends, He desires to bless any and every one of His children just the same. If you are feeling lonely and in need of friendships that would please the Lord and encourage and challenge you in your faith, just ask God. He is faithful to provide the right person at the right time. Ultimately we know that Jesus is the greatest friend but He uses people to be instruments of His love. There is nothing like the bond in the Body of Christ.

Do you have a testimony about friendship or God answering a specific prayer? Feel free to share in the comments below or on the {pressing on toward the goal} Facebook page.


3 comments:

Lis said...

Okay, I will have to MAKE SURE I check your blog on the right days. :)

So glad to know you, Jenn. Spoke to my husby about you yesterday. You make my heart happy!

Melinda Garcia said...

Hi Jenn,
I am just catching up on your blog posts and I read this post and I have a testimony about God answering prayer. I have been praying that the Lord would open my ears so I can hear Him because although I know from a "knowledge" perspective that He is always with me however sometimes in my heart, I do not "feel" that He is with me and struggle with doubts. Our God is such a loving and amazing God that He provided me with confirmation that I should not have needed or asked for. He let me hear in a very public, audible fashion that I am his daughter, He is with me, and I am not alone. He also spoke to my heart is a very private, non-audible way. In both ways He spoke to me and advised me that He will bring me past the struggles and hard times and bring me the JOY, my heart longs for that only HE can give me.
Love you and I will try to remember that Tuesdays are "Testimony Tuesdays" however I am feeling so blessed that I could not wait until Tuesday to share.

Jennifer Roth said...

Lis - You make my heart happy, too! I'm so glad to know YOU! I look forward to when we can get together in person! :)

Melinda - It's always so amazing when God speaks so personally to us. Thanks so much for sharing! Love you, too! ;)