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Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #13

We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website or at Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the thirteenth year of the March Retreat.

#13 2004 Speakers: Gloria Gaither, Sue Buchanan, Joy MacKenzie, Peggy Benson Other Musicians: Hearts in Harmony

Friends Forever

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

~John 15:15~

A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity.

~Proverbs 17:17~

Have you ever had those days where you do not want to be around anyone? You have had a long day, you're tired, and all you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax. Then as you sink into your chair, the phone rings, or a text comes through. It's your friend; they need you.

All of a sudden, you turn into the worst friend. You start to think about all of the things that you can to get you out of helping them. You just got in the shower, or your kid is sick, or better yet, I'll say I didn't see their text. However, you know none of this is true. You get up, put your shoes back on, and let them know you are on your way.

God has called all of his children to be a friend to others. He has called us to love even when things get tough. He challenges us to sacrifice our comfort for the sake of his kingdom and his children. A true friend is there for you no matter the circumstances. Challenge yourself to be there for others so they can see the love of Christ through you.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Thoughts to meditate on:

1. Is Jesus calling you to be a better friend?

2. Can you relate to not wanting to help your friends in moments where you are tired?

Author: Jamie Welsh

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