The Power of Friendship

What an awesome weekend at C3!

If you missed the services, you need to go to the podcast and listen to Matt preaching on the story of Naaman. (I think you should go listen to it even if you were at church)

I think one of the best aspects of the story is Naaman’s friends. He surrounded himself with friends who would speak the truth. It doesn’t say if it was in love or not. My guess would be it wasn’t said in love because these are military guys and they are always yelling at each other in the movies. They probably yelled, “SIR, IF THE PROPHET HAD TOLD YOU TO DO SOME GREAT THING, WOULDN’T YOU HAVE DONE IT? SO YOU SHOULD CERTAINLY OBEY HIM WHEN HE SAYS SIMPLY TO GO AND WASH AND BE CURED!! SIR!!! Can’t you hear them?

My question to you is do you have friends who will speak the truth in love or at least yell the truth to you? An even more important question is will you receive and hear what your godly christian friends are saying?

You need some friends to help you get through this fast. And even if you have given in and eaten something not on the “eat list”, that’s OK. Jump back in if this is what God wants you to do. I have some great friends who help me laugh about everything I can’t have, but they help keep me strong. (they pulled a cup of coffee out of my hand this morning and replaced it with a banana – just kidding) LOL!

On your fifth day of fasting, remember:
1. Utilize your Prayer Journal
2. Concentrate on your own personal prayer time and prayer place.

Quote –

Our heavenly Father wants us to know that we are His precious little ones – his children- and that when we come to Him as such, we show faith in Him which releases Him to care for us.
Joyce Meyer

Thoughts for your Journal:
1. Why do you think fasting is important in order to achieve your greatest breakthroughs?
2. Jesus fasted, and He intimately related to His Father in heaven. How has this experience so far helped you to relate to your Heavenly Father?

I know the fun is over and the fast is real – but hang in there! With God’s strength you can make it!

You guys are awesome,

Today’s Recipe:

Minestrone Soup

3 TBSP Olive Oil
1 C. onion (finely chopped)
½ c. chopped zucchini
½ c. frozen green beans
¼ c. minced celery (about ½ stalk)
4 tsp. minced garlic
4 c. vegetable broth
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans red kidney beans (drained)
2 (15 oz) cans white kidney beans (drained)
½ c. carrots chopped
3 c. hot water
2 TBSP parsley
1 ½ tsp oregano
3 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp basil
¼ tsp thyme
4 c. fresh baby spinach

In a large soup pot, sauté onion, zucchini, green beans, celery, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.
Add broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, water, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, and thyme.

Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add baby spinach and cook an additional 20 minutes.

Thanks to Tami Poland for the recipe!

  • kd

    Amen! Yesterday, a friend and I were grumpy fasters… We went for a walk before blowing a fuse! We shared some recipes and support and went home rejuvenated. Truly thankful for God’s gift of friendship.

  • Dan

    Great weekend. The message that Pastor Matt was awesome. Your word that you shared in this blog is a good one. Thanks for the receipes.

  • Amy Alford

    Loving your blog!!! I look forward to reading it every day and it is really helping with the fast!

  • Amanda Boyle

    We tried the potatoe and corn soup one. It is EXTREMELY filling, but also extremely SPICEY! aha. 🙂 But my dad will love it, he loves all things spicey.
    And do you have any recipes especially high in iron? I’m giving blood Thursday and I have to have a high iron level to be able to give it – and I want to save three lives! 😛

  • mike kelly

    that’s EXACTLY how we talked to one another!! Oh, and I got headaches and hunger pains on the first day! Leading from the front!!

  • Debra Wyatt

    Martha thanks for all your support and insriration the “thoughts to ponder” have been great even when they may or may not pertain to my journey.Some doors have been opened to me this week pertaining to the church and service.Boy when you sign up with the care ministry team Pipes is on you like glue. He’s awsome and my husband is developing a repour with him which is priceless.Last night @ 9:00 like we’ve done since day one we got the bible out and now instead of me reading every-night my husband is reading ( praise the lord)And last night my grand-daughter read.She is 8 .Now to me …thats a blessing.