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Friends Character

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As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart (Proverb 27:19)

I have a lot of friends and I believe all of you too. But have we ever thought what kind of friends are they?  Did we really know their characters?  Friends are great treasure for us. They can give incredible influence that can change our personal lives. When I was in high school, I had a best friend named Kimiko (Several times I’ve mentioned her name in my post). kimiko gave me an incredible influence and be able to change my very bad and annoying character. When another friend began to stay away and hate me, she was always faithful to accompanied me. Slowly but sure she is trying to change me to become a good girl with a better character. That is the best friend.

In befriended I always assess them and trying to figure out their character. After I recognize it, then I can decide how I should behave to them. And I will choose which one can be best friends, and which ones are just as ordinary friends.

There are some characters that I can get from them and we can learn something valuable from it. There is a friend who has a tough character. From friends like these we can learn to be brave and assertive. We can learn how we brave to struggling to reach our dreams. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (I Timothy 4:10)

There was a gentle friend. They are teaching us to appreciate and loving each other.  We also have an indifferent friend. Verily they make us think how we caring to others. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(Hebrew 10:24-25)

We also find a friend who cannot be trusted. What we can get from them? We can learn to keep our mouth and tongue so that every single word that we say is always trustable. We can imagine and feel what it’s like being lied. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverb 18:21)

Another character is, there was a wicked friend. They are always take advantages of other people for his own benefit. In fact they are the people who make us think and learn how to doing goodness and be kindness to others, but keep cautious.  Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Mark 13:5)

There was a selfish and arrogant friend who always talks about their self, undeniable, always be a superior and always look down to others. Dear friends, we can learn from them to being humble and always remember everything that we do, not come from our strength but from God’s strength. Also remind us that we are a weak person but be strong in God. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. (1Peter 5:6-7)

That is types of friend’s character. God introduced them to us to be wiser to address our life and can take the wisdom and benefits from them. Well my dear friends, as water reflects our face, so friends that we choose will reflect their character too. We are very happy having a lot of friends. We can learn many things from them. But the truly good friend is who can give a positive influence to us and may complement each other. As Proverb says: A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverb 17:17)

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.(Proverb 13:20)

Karina

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Spice of Life

Variety of Dried SpiceI am cook today! More precisely I was learning to cook! My mom said: “My princess, you will become a wife soon. Good wife is a wife who can cook for her husband and kids. Not only experts in the business world, but you also need to be proficient in the kitchen! Gosh…!  I really like to eat a delicious food, but I must admit I do not like to cook. I hate cooking!

When I learned to cook, I saw many seasoning and I am thinking about something. A cuisine would be very delicious because there are a variety of seasonings selected by the chef. Mixed with the appropriate dose, and finally will produce delicious dishes.

I think, as well as a life. Our lives become beautiful because God allows many people get into our lives. They are like a seasoning.  There is such as turmeric. Although it appearance was crappy but able to give a beautiful color in our meal.  There is also like red onion. The longer we with it together, there will be more tears coming out. Like a Pepper, very smooth but gives us warmth. Or like chili, fool us with an attractive red color but makes us sweating. Or like a salt, it will soluble and disappear but makes our food not tasteless.

Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow? (Job 6:6)

My dear friends don’t waste them. They all give us goodness. Give thanks and do not hate those who have hurt you. Because they all plays important roles and make our lives more alive and full of dynamic.  God allow them to come into our lives to change anything that isn’t good to be good.Love those people around us, no matter who they are. As God has loved His sinful children.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Karina

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That’s What a Friend Are For

friendshipOh Gosh…! This afternoon I fell missed my best friends badly. No matter what they where are. I miss my childhood and school friends, my college friends, and my old office friends. They all are very precious treasure for me.  Now I would like to lavish my longing to this post.

I was remembered of the story in the bible about a beautiful friendship in God. There are many bible stories about beautiful friendships. But right now I just take one of my favorite stories about friendship. And here’s the story…

Ruth and Naomi

“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

This is a beautiful story.  As a famine devastated the land Naomi lived in, her husband and two sons died and she was left with her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth.  Naomi was heart-broken and told them both to return to the houses they came from so that they could find new families to start. 

 Like-wise Orpah and Ruth were distraught.  “Then they lifted up their voices and wept again.  And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.” (Ruth 1:14)  Orpah then leaves, but Ruth cannot bear the thought of leaving Naomi forever.  “But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried.  May the Lord do so to me and more if anything but death parts me from you.” (Ruth 1:16-17) 

Ruth loved Naomi so much that she wanted to live with her forever and be buried next to her.  Eventually Ruth marries Boaz and gives birth to a son and gives her child to Naomi to help raise.  Naomi becomes a foster parent to Obed.  Naomi’s love for Ruth is evident as Ruth 4:15 says, “Your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons.”  This is a very serious statement because sons were valued more than daughters in the Old Testament.  Ruth and Naomi loved each other dearly and we can learn a lot from it story.

We can see and learn from this example how genuine love is expressed in friendship. Ruth’s love is clearly expressed in that she wants to stay by Naomi’s side forever.  Naomi’s love is expressed in that she loved Ruth more than seven sons. 

There is a greatest verse on love in the Bible (aside from Jesus’ death for us):

“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

We can see a genuine love for our friends if  we are willing to love them enough to die for them.  I praise Jesus every day because He loved me that much.  I encourage you to praise Him every day also, for He loved the whole world enough to die for all of us, so that we all could be called sons and daughters of God.  Praise His Holy Name!  May we strive to stay on the narrow path as we live a life worthy of the calling. 

To all dearest best friends, no matter where you are, no matter what you do, no matter what you still remember me or not, You always and still in the deep of my heart.  All of you are a precious treasure for me.

Dear Lord,

With my whole heart I ask that you look after my friends Guide them in troubles. Lead them when lost give them your ear when they just need to talk.

Lend them a hand when they’ve nowhere to turn Show them a new road when a bridge has been burned

Teach them to smile when everything seems bad and show them there is happiness After all that seems sad

Dear Lord, This is my prayer. I hope that every word you can hear this message is from my heart for my friends are so dear. Amen

Karina

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Story of Zambian Girl

 

I am a Zambian girl by nationality and am in my late teens. I was trafficked from Zambia into the UK in early January 2007. I managed to escape from my trafficker around the end of February. I hated myself, the whole world and everyone in it. I thought I had nothing to live for because back home I had lost my young sister and my mum and I never knew my dad. Life has been so difficult.

However, I thank God for giving me the strength to hold on and for directing me to the right people. After my escape I came into contact with The Medaille Trust in March 2007, who have accommodated, fed me and provided me with some pocket-money every week.

A lot of things have changed in my life from the time I came to the Medaille Trust. I was so depressed that I attempted suicide; I had no hope for tomorrow. My dreams were hopeless; I had no strength in me and I didn’t care about anything. All I wanted was to die and forget about all the suffering and pain I went through.

I thank God because people in the Medaille Trust didn’t give up on me. They showed me love and encouraged me in all the areas I needed help with. I have also been attending counseling, which has been so helpful.

I have made very good friends in the safe house and I have learnt a lot from them, for example I have learnt about their cultures and food. Now I can even speak a small amount of Thai and Nigerian languages. I have achieved a lot in a short time. I thought it was going to take years for me to feel like a young lady again. I have gained my confidence. I feel pretty again and am even wiser from the experiences I have had in my life.

The most important thing that has made me happy is being able to go back to school. I am studying Travel and Tourism at the local college. It gives me hope that there is a bright future for me, and that I can be what I have always wanted to be in life.

My entire special thanks to the manager of the house, the staff and to everyone who has made it possible to keep the charity going. May God bless you all.

 

The Medaille Trust

The Medaille Trust is a Charity which was established in the UK by Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests in order to provide safe housing for the victims of human trafficking, specifically for those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation. Another important aspect of our ministry is to raise awareness of this hidden slavery. There are trafficked people in all of our cities, towns and villages in the UK, but because they are hidden, most people are unaware of this.

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Friends are a very rare jewel

 

 

This is a storythat tells about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.

“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. 

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg. 

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. 

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!! There’s a miracle called Friendship that dwells in the heart you don’t know how it happens or when it gets started but you know the special lift It always brings. And you realize that Friendship Is God’s most precious gift! 

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care….

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A box of kisses

 

Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.” He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.

He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,.”Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.
It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

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