The Gift Of Friendship

Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

Proverbs 27:9

“Nope, that doesn’t work either!”

My husband crumpled up the page and threw it across the room. Then we both slumped in our chairs, exhausted and discouraged. Our manuscript was due in three days, and the ideas just wouldn’t come. We were definitely experiencing writer’s block.

The doorbell rang. We were expecting no one. There at the door were two of our dear friends. They were beaming and holding a bag. “Hi,” they said, “we thought you might be stuck. We brought you some ice cream bars. Why don’t we all sit down and brainstorm?”

We could hardly believe what we were hearing. What a gift! For the next two hours the four of us sat and talked together about the thesis of the book. They prayed with us, bid us good-bye, and left. We went to bed.

The next morning we sat down to write, and the ideas just flew. By the evening of that same day, the manuscript was ready. Our hearts had delighted in  the counsel of our friends.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for the gift of friendship. Let me be the one who brings delight to my friend’s heart today.


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