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Today’s Truth

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up…A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV)

Friend to Friend

Looking out my den window I noticed two of my neighbors puttering slowly down the street. Ernestine, with her bald head snuggled in a woolen cap, held tightly to Patti’s supporting arm. Patti’s chestnut hair, just two inches long, shone like a victor’s crown of a cancer survivor.

The previous year, Patti discovered she had breast cancer. For three months she endured chemotherapy followed by seven weeks of radiation. As God would have it, her final treatment fell on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, she had much to be thankful for—a full life, a loving husband, and Ernestine Nevils, her new next-door neighbor who had moved in two years before.

During Patti’s cancer treatment, Ernestine was right by her side, an extension of Jesus’ hands and feet providing love, encouragement, and support. One year after her final radiation treatment, Patti was given the opportunity to return the kindness to Ernestine. A trip to the doctor revealed that Ernestine had lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. Now Patti was the nurturer. She took Ernestine to her first chemotherapy session and explained what to expect. She told Ernestine what to eat, where to have a wig made, and how to deal with depression.

God has not called us to go through life alone. All through the Bible he brought people together for mutual encouragement and support. One day the angel, Gabriel, gave Mary some incredible news, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35 NIV).

And what were the next words out of Gabriel’s holy mouth? “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:36-37 NIV).

Does it seem odd to you that right after telling Mary the startling news about her unusual pregnancy, he told her Elizabeth, her relative and friend, was is in a similar situation? Not to me. God knew Mary would need a friend.

Immediately, Mary packed her bags and went to see Elizabeth. When she walked into her cousin’s home, Elizabeth prophesied over her, affirmed her, and encouraged her. Not only that, Mary saw by example what to expect with her own labor and delivery.

Oh sister, God knows that we need godly girlfriends to walk alongside us during difficult days. It’s even better when that friend has experienced a similar struggle in her own life. As Paul wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Mary had Elizabeth.

Ruth had Naomi.

Paul had Barnabas.

Shadrack had Meshack and Abednego.

Our key verse today tells us one reason having a godly friend is so important:Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up…A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV).

A cord of three strands. Me, you, and Jesus. That’s a strong cord right there.

As I watched Patti and Ernestine make their way down the street that chilly November day, I whispered a prayer of thanksgiving for Girlfriends in God… friends with whom we can be His hands and feet when one is too weak to walk unassisted, His strong arm when a burden is too heavy to bear alone, and His voice when a friend has forgotten the words to the song in her heart. That’s a strong cord right there.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I thank you that You designed women to live in relationship with each other. Open my eyes to see someone who needs a dose of Your love today and give me the wisdom to know how to be an extension of Your grace.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

Who is one woman who has been a strong strand in your cord? Consider writing her an email of thanks today.

Honor her today by clicking on comment below and saying, “I am thankful for ________.

The best way to have a friend is to be a friend. Is there someone you know who is struggling with life that God is nudging you to help?

More from the Girlfriends

Sharon’s re-released and updated version of her best-selling book and Bible study guide, The Power of a Woman’s Words: How the Words You Speak Shape the Lives of Others are hot off the press. They include new content, including a chapter on the power of a woman’s words to her adult children…it’s complicated! Perfect for your women’s ministry’s next Bible study!

Words are one of the most powerful forces in the universe, and God has entrusted them to you! They echo in hearts and minds long after they are spoken. How will we use this gift? Your words can change the course of someone’s day…even someone’s life. Learn how to

  • exchange careless words that hurt for intentional words that help others succeed
  • recognize words that tear down confidence and replace them with words that build others up
  • overcome the negativity that pushes people away and become a well of positivity that draws others in
  • tame your tongue by practicing practical principles that help you think before you speak
  • stop being disappointed in your lack of control by taking hold of the power of the Holy Spirit.

© 2020 by Sharon Jaynes. All rights reserved.

27 Responses to “We Need Each Other”

  1. Sharee says:

    I am thankful for Kathy.

  2. Andrea says:

    Today’s message was perfect for me! A dear friend has been battling cancer and it was during a time I was in a family crisis and I was unable to be there to support her. I myself received a cancer diagnosis this past February. My friend and I were able to go for a walk together just yesterday so we could catch up and fellowship! I shared this devotion with her to this am! God knows just what we need and who we need in our lives!

  3. Sandy says:

    Honor her today by clicking on comment below and saying, “I am thankful for my dear friend, Min. Deirdre Fisher-Kemp💜”

  4. Cathy says:

    I am thankful for my dear friend Judy who has always been here for me when I need her! Love you Judy❤️

  5. Melody says:

    I am thankful for my sister in law and dear friend Deedee. I am truly blessed and thankful to walk through this journey called life with her.

  6. Connie says:

    I am thankful for my friend of 40+ years, Linda. We have shared many “life-trials” together and have carried each other in prayer. Love you much❤️

  7. Alisa says:

    I am thankful for GIG. Your daily devotionals are so uplifting. Thank you so very much!

  8. Susan says:

    Lord, thank you for my sister in Christ, Denise!

  9. Alisa says:

    I’m so very thankful for all of my dear friends, but especially Girlfriends In God. The daily devotionals are so uplifting!

  10. Erica says:

    I am thankful for my friend Vanessa,today she needs healing for her broken wrist 🙏 I pray that her pain and worries go away in Jesus name Amen and Amen 🙏 💗

  11. Yolanda says:

    Lord thank you for Phyllis. She said the Jesus in us met that day. I am so thankful for the sisterhood and friendship of the past 21 years we have shared.

  12. Tracy says:

    I am thankful for Maryann

  13. Melissa says:

    I am so thankful for the encouraging words I regularly receive from JoAnn and the example of a faithful, Godly woman she is to her friends in church, in her friends group and at her job.

  14. DeeDee says:

    I am thankful for my dear selfless, God fearing and faithful friend, Heather.

  15. Marie says:

    I am thankful for Latoya. She has been a praying friend over my life the past 5 years, and together she and I have been able to praise God as we walk into His timely blessings. It’s been such a blessing having someone to walk the path of heartbreak and healing with. I give God thanks for her on this day!

  16. Carol says:

    So thankful for Linda and Kathy, and their Godly life and gifts.

  17. Kelley says:

    Judi, she helped me find the words to the song in my heart when they were lost.

  18. Jehrica says:

    You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ! May the Lord bless you as you seek His face!
    peacewithGod.net

  19. Tammy says:

    I am thankful for my best friend, Carol, of 48 years. God could not have given me a better friend than her!

  20. Esther says:

    I am thankful for Rosa (Rosie) who was there when I needed her and is still here for me everyday of my life with words of encouragement.
    God bless her and others who keep me in prayer.

  21. Jenny says:

    I am thankful for my girlfriend of 25 years, Ros, she has been the quiet steady strength when I needed it.

  22. Yetiv says:

    I am thankful for Precious! I am so thankful that she and I pray, read the words of the Bible out loud, pray some more and cry tears of trust in God. We do this every morning before work. Our “hour of power” with God has brought us closer together. I anticipate our fellowship time with childlike excitement, knowing that God, Precious and me are a three fold cord that is not easily broken!

  23. Judy says:

    I have been unfortunate and have never had a friend. I have tried and no one seems interested in being friends with me.

  24. Leah says:

    Hi Judy,

    Hang in there! Be encouraged. Your good friends are on the way! God has selected some special people just for you. You have gifts, talents, and interests in common with some like-minded people. Continue to be friendly and encourage others in God’s love and you will see.

  25. Carol says:

    Thankful for Kathy, who for 8 yrs. has walked with me through a terrible diagnosis for my husband. A faithful Godly, caring woman of faith.

  26. Wanda says:

    I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THE WOMEN GOD PLACED IN MY LIFE AND I AM THANKFUL I NOW GET TO TAKE CARE OF WOMEN IN MY JOB. STRONG WOMEN HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY LIFE AND I AM BLESSED BECAUSE OF THEM.

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