Tag: friends

10 Quotes About Friends

Friends. We all have them. People who have joined you on this journey called life. Some go, some stay,  some move, and some never leave your side.

Quotes about Friends

1.     “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”– Unknown

2.     “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

3.     “Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it’s to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind. .”–  Moi

4.     “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”– David Tyson

5.     “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

6.     “Nothing compares to the pain of a belly ache from laughing too hard with your best friend.” – Author unknown

7.     “A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.” – Author unknown

8.     “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.”  – Author unknown

9.     “Friends are the family you choose.” – Jess C. Scott

10.  “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

A friend loves at all times, And a, brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17


A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24


Thank you for your friendship. I appreciate all of you.  This life would not be the same without you. You are special – God made you that way. And I for one am grateful our paths have crossed.  God bless You! Diana 

 

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Bring Peace to the Storm

“Peace. Be still.” That all He said. The wind stopped, the waves quoted, and the boat stopped rocking. What if we did that? What if we brought peace to the storm in our lives and the lives of those around us?

What would we feel like if we brought peace to our spirits?

What would our family look like if we brought peace?

What would work look like if we brought peace?

What would our world look like if we brought peace?

 

I have to admit – it’s not my first thought. I think God knew that. That’s why He had to give me His peace. He knew mine wouldn’t always be so agreeable, lol!

 

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God’s Word for You:

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. – Colossians 3″15-17 MSG

 

 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philipians 4:6-7 MSG

 

 

When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, he told his disciples to get him out of there to the other side of the lake. As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said.  Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.”  Another follower said, “Master, excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have my father’s funeral to take care of.”

Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.”

Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!” – Matthew 8:18-27 MSG

My Prayer for You:

Lord help me bring peace, not chaos, to myself, my friends, my family, and my world. Let me not say the first thing that I think. Let me bring grace and peace to those I love. Let me be a peace-maker, not a peace-taker in Jesus Name.

 

Here is a video I made about PEACE – enjoy!

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Hard Times Reveal True Friends – Quotes to Live By

Hard times reveal true friends. I had a hard day today. I think it was just all the stress of everyday life piling up on me.  But I had friends at work who helped me see beyond today. Friends who showed me kindness when I lost it. Friends who gave me hugs and prayed for me in my time of need.  Thank you Lord – for good friends!

 

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend” ― Albert Camus

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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

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“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson

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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Kellerwp-1479432024485.jpg

 

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz

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The Power of a Friend’s Prayer

Remember that story in the Bible where a man’s friends go through the roof to see Jesus. The man was paralyzed. I always thought this was in the physical realm. But what if the man was paralyzed by fear? What if he was paralyzed by disbelief?

Our family has recently gone through a trial – too personal to share here. And I admit it – I was paralyzed with fear. I tried to pray. I tried to read the Word. But my brain was fried. Nothing stuck.

I have learned that in times of trials I have to reach out to a few people and ask them to pray for me and my family. I had to be honest with someone and share what was going on. And then they would pray.

Just like the man on the mat, sometimes we need friends to bring us to Jesus.

God has answered their prayers. Our trial is almost over. I am eternally grateful for friends that will bring me through the roof and into the presence of Jesus. Thank you Lord. God bless all my friends Lord!

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 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” 

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Your Story Matters

We are here, right now in this moment. You inhale then exhale and I hear it. I as well inhale and exhale and you hear it. And just for this moment in time we hear and understand each other without saying a word. 

Silence, 

stillness,

peacefulness, 

simply being 

and resting

In this moment 

Changes everything

  

Your story matters

You matter to me

 I am grateful for you

Thank you
-Diana

Life Lessons from a Teen Driver

I recently had the pleasure of helping my teen daughter get her final hours of drive time in before she got her drivers license. She took the class and did some drive time with the teacher, but us parents get to help out too, especially with the night driving. Yeah, nothing like handing over the keys right? Anyway, here are my observations from the passenger seat. Got me thinking about the bigger picture and the types of people we all meet on this journey called life.

 

LIFE LESSONS  FROM A TEEN DRIVER

1. The Diversions
Keep your eyes on the road and look forward not back. Don’t pay too much attention to the guys behind you. There will be people who follow too closely, who will tailgate you trying to make you go faster. Ignore them. They are diversions.

2. The Harassers
There will be followers and not all of them are friendly. Some just want to harass you so they follow you around. If the enemy can get you to keep looking in your rear view mirror, you will lose your focus, cross the line, and get pulled over. And you may not make it home. Ignore the harassers.

3. The Time Stealers
Be careful who you allow to sit in the passenger seat. There will be some people who want to just drive them around for no reason. They are the time stealers. They lie, cheat, steal, and come up with all sorts of reasons you need to drive them around. Only there is no fruit. No good comes of it, and you only end up more frustrated. Don’t let just anyone sit beside you – be careful.

4. The Tormenters
Not everyone gets to park in your driveway. These people like to torment others with their presence. The Narcissists, the Jezebels, the Fakers. They barge right into your life and try to take over. They have no compassion and no respect for anyone other than themselves. They are not your friends, even if they brag on about you. They may smile at your face, but there is a knife behind their back. They would love to see you fail.

5. The Gossipers
Beware of who you let in the backseat of your car. Yes, the backseat drivers. They criticize you for everything you do, all while you are trying to drive. They tell you where to go and how to get there. Bossy, condemning, and controlling people like to sit in the backseat. It’s their way or the highway. And they want to drive your car – from the backseat. They don’t want to take responsibility for their lives or happiness, they just want to criticize yours.

6. The Real Friend
They are out there. And they want you to succeed. Let them in. They are the ones who will listen, pray for you, and help you on your journey. They would ride with you anywhere, anytime just to be with you. They like your company and it doesn’t really matter where you go – as long as you are travelling together.

Masks

Masks

Masks

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

You can keep your Top 40
Wear those $100 jeans
I see right through you
Just wanting to be mean

You smile to my face
Then stab me in the back
Spread my secrets for
Bread crumbs like a task

Do you love me or hate me?
I just have to ask
I can’t tell the difference
When you hide behind masks

Gossip and slander while
you say you’re my friend
I wish I had the answers
But you want to pretend

You love to criticize
Anything, everyone
I wish I hadn’t trusted
You in the long run

Do you love me or hate me?
I just have to ask
I can’t tell the difference
When you hide behind masks

 

 

 

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When God is Everything

This is for my friend t.  Remember 911? I do. I was getting ready for work. I turned on the tv and saw the Towers go down.  Speechless. But yet nothing compared to what my friend t went through that day.  She was there that day – working. She survived. But her sister did not. T told me she is going to the dedication for the new museum honoring the victims of 911.  I have looked at the pictures and it still breaks my heart.

We met on a Christian Songwriting website.  Her courage is amazing. She is one of the women who I trust and I have shared so much life with over the past year – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And yet I know she loves me, as I love her. We laugh and joke about getting older, life over 50, and well lots more stuff I can’t say, but she never ceases to amaze me.  God has woken her up at night to pray for me and my family, and He has woken me up to pray for her and her family. T and her husband have since adopted two children.

I don’t know if I would have made it this last year without her. She loves me and doesn’t judge me.  She listens, she shares the Word, and what God has told her. I can share my hurts, my shortcomings, and never once has she pointed a finger at me in judgement. We all have stuff. We all need love and grace. We all need mercy, and hope. And I don’t even know what she looks like! (Come on t…a pic?).

T has helped to restore, helped to renew and rebuild a new life – In me and others. She truly has been a “Repairer of the Breach” in my life and in her friends and families lives. She shows me Jesus lives and she gives me hope to keep trying when I would rather just quit. She magnifies the good, and helps me look at Jesus instead of my storms. She is a living testimony – of the goodness of God and the miraculous strength the Jesus Christ provides.

And, she is an amazing Christian Songwriter and Vocalist! I know – right!

We haven’t met – yet…

But I look forward to the day we can see each other face to face!

Here is t’s bio from CCMNI:

I am…
A Songwriter
(If other, please explain)
Christian Songwriter

What style of music do you sing or write?
AC (Adult Contemporary), INSPO (Inspirational), ROCK

Feel free to tell us more about yourself. We want to know!

I am a 09/11 survivor who watched as the second plane hit WTC-2. My family is saved and Spirit-filled. My sister and I had never been separated before (38 years together). We lived in the same apt. building, worked in the same industry, even wore the same colors or clothes when we went to work, unbeknownst to both of us. She loved my husband and my brother and mother. Our dad had died of cancer when we were in college (yes the same school). Our family became very tight knit after Dad died. And we all enjoyed one another. A day never went by when Mary Ellen (my sister) and I didn’t laugh or sing together.

Anyway, she was instantaneously cremated We’ve never found any part of her. I witnessed way more than anyone would be prepared for, when just being at work on a gorgeous Tuesday morning in September. I worked next to WTC-1. Suffice it to say, I ended up with many health issues (considered a first responder because I inhaled the noxious toxic gas) and PTSD. BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU GOD NEVER LET GO OF ME!!! He healed me from many illnesses. While my heart is forever broken, it’s OK. Jesus is with me and mine. And Mary Ellen is with Jesus!

Part of the healing story took me back to one of my loves, writing music. I am currently unemployed and living in State College, PA ( Penn State), thus the need to sell my music. My husband has a job here, I watch over my mother here, and we are raising two beautiful children the Lord has allowed us to adopt as our own. I still have my fantastic brother, Joe, who works part-time in Manhattan (will always love that town) and here. He is a gifted writer and is healed to the point that he can begin his writing again. GOD IS GOOD. It is the fallen world, in which we live, that is bad. Bad things happen every moment of every day. We, as the church, must use what satan uses to destroy our souls, as the crutch to take to the Throne Room. Because without HIS grace we cannot stand. But with HIS grace we dance; because we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord. The beauty of all of the past is that it emptied me of everything, so that all I had was HIM, and THAT IS EVERYTHING.

God Bless you and thank you for taking the time to read this narrative.

Bob, my husband, and I have worked for EarthCam, the Company that made this awesome video-the construction of the 911 museum…enjoy!

T has not only overcome, but she sings and gives all of us strength.  She recently gathered many musicians and engineers from around the country to give God praise.  Listen to her sing-she has the voice of an Angel! Love u t, d.

DIAMOND RIVERBEND.

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Prayer Request and Music Opportunity for You by Peter Olach

Yep.  I am calling all Singers. Do you need a music track? Are you looking for a Composer? Someone who will treat your music with the love and respect it deserves? Today I am promoting one of my friends from Broadjam, Peter Olach.  He is an accomplished musician and composer with many more gifts.  And he is a friend in need.  I was bragging on all of you this weekend.  Yep, I told him I have met the most wonderful community of compassionate and caring people here at WordPress.  I would not be where I am today without all of your encouraging words, blogs, comments, and conversations.

Peter has begun his own media company called PGO Media Services. He also makes videos with music if you are looking for a special gift or remembrance video.  Here is one he did for Diane McAdam called “Hold On”

PGO Media Services is offering fully produced and mastered song beds for lyricists, singers and songwriters. The first offering includes a baker’s dozen collection of fully mastered contemporary Country song beds. Our Competitive Pricing begins @ $200. And, if you’re looking for a vocalist to complete your song, we can help you locate the perfect male or female vocalist.

And here is why Peter needs our help today.  I asked him to share a few words about his struggle.  We all have struggles.  We all need each other.

There are angels amongst us. You can find them washing dishes and folding laundry while tending to a family meal. They might be volunteers at the local soup kitchen or a teacher’s aide at your local school. Perhaps they sing in the choir or teach a Bible class before Sunday Service. Most important, and no matter the distance or time, they are your neighbor, your friend, family member, possibly mentor and quite often a caregiver. And, they do all this to the best of their ability and life’s station, with little fail.

 

WHY? Because it is their God Given Nature. A living gift from Him to us. They are the earth-bound angels who are given the desire to reach out and remind us: Help is there when we truly need; but only if we ask and are willing to seek that Blessing.

 

My challenge is not unlike yours and thousands of others. Yet my dear friend and earthly neighbor (perhaps angel), Diana, responded with honest concern, kindness and a suggestion for healing, “share a story or what you feel comfortable sharing about your struggle.”

 

Diana I am not comfortable with reaching out like this yet I do struggle. I, like too many, struggle with just the basic needs for health and shelter. My calamity is so small in comparison to so many others. I am seeking to raise $2000 in the next few weeks to normalize my life, to pay what I owe for services provided by others. And, to post a small surplus of $500 savings against “future surprises” whether health or finance.

 

To that end I am selling my work assets. Studio microphones and one mastering headset have already been sold and applied. I will post my guitar on Ebay and Craigslist this coming morning to further the cause. I have some memorabilia that a friend will photograph so I can add that to the generation of dollars.

 

I do this because I have a hiatal hernia combined with acid reflux and gastritis. On the upside; no, I am not dying, (at least not anytime soon.) The endoscopy procedure and biopsy sample showed that in due time I will continue to heal. No cancer, no ulcers, nor infections. God made me a tough old bird.

 

Downside – the meds, (while they work their prescribed miracles) make proximity to the bathroom an absolute must. So far, no employer wants to grant me bathroom breaks every 15 to 30 minutes. And, music continues to be my trusty companion. With 40 years of love and experience as my guide, I recently produced a series of music beds for singer/songwriters to make their own. The project is called PGO Media Services. So, far I have sold three song beds including mixing and “final” mastering services. Diana has offered to embed a link that might afford you a listen to the remaining twelve music beds in this series.

 

I welcome your comments and participation. In closing, I am reminded of a secular appraisal of where musicians fit in the “Plan”. From the work of Kahil Gibran, this one explanation has always warmed my heart.

 

“God respects me when I work. And, He loves me when I sing.”

 

 

God Bless and thank you, Diana, for allowing me to express myself.

~ Peter G. Olach of  PGO Media Services

Peter Olach

 

Here are the Music Tracks Peter has for sale. Get yours today!

Feel free to contact Peter directly at:

peterolach@gmail.com

Friends Trust Each Other

BFF. I remember when it had to ask my daughter what that meant. Best Friend Forever. Children are so trusting. Connections. Sharing life and love. Let’s just say I’m working on it. After living in abuse for years I am learning trust again. To open up to others. All my blog friends here have helped me grow. And believe, thank you. I’m a work in progress, and I am grateful God isn’t finished with me yet!

Daily Prompt: BFFs

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from the person you’re the closest to?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us FRIENDS.

 

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Thank you – for being You

Today, I just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for joining me in this journey of healing and wholeness.  I appreciate you more than you will ever know.  You give me hope when I want to give up, you bring me a smile when I am fighting back the tears, and I am blessed to call you my friends.Thank you in different languages

Thank you for listening, and loving me, and giving me hope.  You are some of the most courageous people I have known.  God bless you all!

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Here are a few free songs of mine for you…

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Jesus the Anointed One

Long Ago and Far Away

2 For 1: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I would like to thank Shaun of Praying for one Day

and Paul of Storytellerdavis

for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Receiving an award from a fellow blogger is a gift.  I know some don’t like to pass them on (and I have more to do, thank you Jesus), but I consider it an honor.  Plus, we get to share with our readers other blogs that we read.  I guess I look at it like that ‘help your neighbor thing’.  So, thank you Shaun and Paul!

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Shaun is a miracle in progress.  I started following him earlier this year, and I stand amazed at what God is doing in his life!  His blog is reaching so many people, and He has even started a new award here at WordPress – the WordPress Family Award. You are awesome Shaun!

And Paul and I just met about a month ago I believe.  I love Paul’s refreshing honesty when he writes. We all have stuff, everyone of us, and Paul is brave enough to share his struggles. This is inspiring to me, it opens the door to me sharing my struggles and shortcomings. That is courage, thank you Paul!

Here are the official rules of acceptance:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

7 THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I love listening to Indie Music.  SoundCloud is my favorite, there are so many talented and anointed musicians in the world!  It’s free, so get yourself an account today!

2.  My family and I will be moving soon, the house we are renting is being put back on the market.  Pray that God directs our steps to find our next home. Uggh, I hate moving.

3.  My oldest daughter is getting married in Sept., so I need to find an awesome ‘Mommy of the Bride” dress.

4.  I love to dig in the dirt and plant things.  Not sure what we are going to do about a garden yet with this move thing…

5.  I take a lot of cloud pictures, love to see the Majesty of God in nature.

6.  I am kind of a paper hound with music and lyrics.  I have a whole room upstairs with papers everywhere, projects yet to do, etc.

7.  The last program I downloaded for the iPad was “Swipe”.  It is really fun and lets you put words on pictures.  I love all the different fonts, maybe I should have gone into media…

THE AWARD GOES TO…

1.  WILD HEART SCRIBE
2.  LORILARA
3.  COLORING LIFE BEAUTIFUL
4.  LORD JESUS SAVES
5.  40 LOVE LETTERS
6.  ALICIA’S ROSES
7.  ARMING THE SAINTS
8.  BOWLING CHEF
9.  BROKEN, PATCHED, AND MENDED
10.  MY CHRISTIAN COFFEESHOP
11.  e-EBENEZERS
12.  DARYLGSTEWART
13.  GOD’S CHICK
14.  GRACE QUOTES
15.  JON LILLEY