The Sweetness of Friendship

Spending time this morning thinking about the blessing of friends in my life, including those of the four-legged, furry variety. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes and sayings about friends and friendships and thought I’d share it, if only for my own benefit.  It is my hope that these brings a smile to your heart as you remember a special friend.

The Sweetness of Friendship

The Sweetness of Friendship

May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile,
for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.                                             ~Helen Keller

What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.  ~Aristotle

A Friend Knows

A Friend Knows

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.                                     ~G. Randolf

Laughter is the shortest distance between friends. ~Victor Borge
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Slow Buddy

“It’s better to be a slow buddy than a no buddy at all.”

One of my favorite songs that reminds me to thank everyone in my life on whom I’ve leaned, and who’ve blessed me with a lean!

The Echo of Words

Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. [Proverbs 16:24 NLT]

Recently, on Facebook, I participated in one of those somewhat silly re-posts where I challenged my friends to “leave a one word comment that best describes me, using the first letter of your first name.” To be honest, I didn’t expect much response. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised!  I want to thank everyone, again, for taking the time to say such nice things about me; at the end of a difficult week, reading your kind words really perked me up and inspired me to create this Wordle image to capture them:

The Echo of Words

As Mother Theresa said, “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Like the story about the teacher who boosted the self-esteem of each child in her class when she had everyone write one nice word about each of their classmates, then transcribed them and presented the pages to each child, I can look at this any time I’m feeling a bit defeated and feel better. Thank you, my friends, for such sweet echoes!

Friends, Perfume & Incense

Today’s ‘Daily Inspirations’ email from a friend included a verse in Proverbs that caused me to pause and contemplate. Which must be exactly what God had in mind for scripture when he inspired its creation. We only need to let our eyes rest on scripture long enough for it to grab hold, and then everything else falls away for a few moments as we gently roll it over in our minds and hearts and let it settle in. That’s what happened to me this morning as I sipped my cuppa coffee and casually started reading emails. Proverbs 27:9 grabbed me.

Faces of friends and family who, in the midst of the deep, dark valley I traveled through this past year, provided tender words of comfort, a shoulder to cry on and wise counsel – gently faded in and out of vision while I read the scripture over and over. I was suddenly very aware of the sweet cinnamon-vanilla aroma of my coffee and that made me smile from the inside, out. I thanked God for getting my attention, for the blessing of friends and family who continually remind me of His unconditional love, and for the gift of creativity instilled in me.  It was then that I decided put off the ba-jillion errands listed on the notepad to the right of my keyboard, and instead spend the better part of the day creating!

Hence, I created a couple of new designs and readied several older designs to upload to the gallery for sharing with you, in SoupArt Gallery A.

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9, NLT

Proverbs 27:9 :: Friends, Perfume & Incense