Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friends Who Know When To Sing


"A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." - Source Unknown. After reading this quote today, I stopped and gave thanks for friends that realize when I need a song. As Christians, we have often heard people say, "There's a song in my heart." Our understanding of this phrase is usually somewhat euphoric. We feel so "happy" in the Lord and rejoice to the "song" in our heart. Yet, there are times in our lives we face difficulties and we forget the "song." It's in those dark moments we realize the importance of having a friend to sing that song to us. I have a dear friend who is an only child and her father is quite ill and currently in hospital. While speaking on the phone to her concerning her father, I could hear the distress and worry in her voice. To encourage her, I shared some of Bro. Stoneking's message that I heard via streaming internet from Landmark. Then, I told her you need a piece of chocolate cake. We both laughed and I suddenly realized I had two of her favorite desserts in my fridge. It was after 11 p.m., but I told her I will be right there. I am going to bring you some comfort food. When she found out what it was, she begin to laugh and tell me she would love that with a big glass of milk. In this time of stress, I had the opportunity to "sing" to her. I know after talking, her faith is increased and she is encouraged. The best part - whenever I need a song, I know she will sing to me.
P.S. The picture is of Bryn and her cousin Brooklyn

13 comments:

  1. Jana,

    Awesome thought on friendship.

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  2. Jana, this is so beautiful! I've had friends sing to me a "song" when I've been very stressed. Friends are wonderful to have especially in time of "need". Thank you for this.

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  3. Jana, an unbeatable combination: a good, godly friend, and a chunk of chocolate cake. Does not get any better.

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  4. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a note. Sis. Buxton, you are right about chocolate. In fact, I tell all my friends that it just couldn't be an apple that Eve ate in the garden. It had to be chocolate. There is no way a girl would mess up for an apple!

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  5. Thank you Sis Allard for sharing, friendships are important, Thank you for your friendship, even in the distance that we have between, I know that when there is a need I can depend on your friendship, I love you, there is no one like a friend,

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  6. Beautiful post, Sis. Allard. Thank God for friends who sing to us when the way is rough!

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  7. Keep smiling, keep shining
    Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
    That's what friends are for
    For good times and bad times
    I'll be on your side forever more
    That's what friends are for!!

    And of course, whenever you need any Choc. Cheesecake Delight!!

    Love you more than chocolate!

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  8. Cheri -even though you are far away, I believe if I was in dire need, you would be here for me.

    Carol - I am sure I know you, but I just can't place you. If you go to the northern ladies conference, be sure to find me. If I can ever "sing" for you, I would and I believe you would "sing" for me.

    Kespinoza - You are the dearest. Today, I love you more than cough syrup. :)

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  9. Jana, this was super! I'm so thankful for good friends! Except, I don't know if any of mine would have been so thoughtful as to bring me chocolate. lol

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  10. Ronda - I would bring you chocolate, too!

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  11. Sis Allard, I would drive all the way without stopping if you were in dire need, I love you more than words see you in a couple of weeks, Cheri

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  12. THIS IS IN REGARDS TO YOUR "CHOCOLATE" BLOG

    "RACHEL" IS ONLY 2 YEARS OLD, AND ALREADY IS GETTING CHOCOLATE

    LOVE YOU,
    CHERI

    As I was sitting here checking my email, Rachel has been playing contentedly on the floor. Rachel has gotten into the tissues and has pulled out one, (I watched
    her do this) and then theatrically brought it up to cover her eyes and nose an proceeded to bawl into the tissue as she folded herself down over her lap in what looks like despair(for lack of a better word). SHE ACTUALLY PRODUCED
    UNPROVOKED TEARS! I had heard of people doing this but have never seen it done. I was stunned. She then woefully and slowly got to her feet, buried her mouth and nose into the tissue and came slowly sobbing to me. I could only
    stare at her. She rested her head against my knee and just cried. What am I supposed to do? Give her Motrin for the headache I am sure she is creating for herself? Console her?...over what?! There is nothing to
    console!

    Oh yeah, chocolate...be right back...

    I can't believe this.
    Amy

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