Today it is my privilege to host Kolleen Lucariello, a fellow WordGirl member. Be sure to check out the information about her latest book, below!
A Friend That Refreshes
by Kolleen Lucariello
As we flip our calendars from August, ushering in September, we say farewell to our summer vacations and hello to the season of back-to-school, cooler temperatures of fall and one of the highlights of our home: football. Here’s another bonus of September: it’s also Women’s Friendship Month and I love the gift of friendship!
Recently I was reading in Acts about Paul and how difficult life had become for him. He was beaten, bound with chains, accused by the Jews, imprisoned, taken before councils and Rulers, and then eventually sent to Rome. I imagine by the time Paul boarded the ship to begin his journey to Rome he was a tired man; he’d endured a great deal. As I’m feeling bad for him, this verse jumps out at me: “The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, treating Paul with [thoughtful] consideration, allowed him to go to his friends there and be cared for and refreshed” (Acts 27:3 AMP).
I simply adore the fact Julius, the guard in charge, thought enough of Paul to recognize he needed the care and refreshment of his friends. That part of the story just blesses my heart because I’m so grateful for those who recognized when I needed the care and refreshment only a faithful friend could bring. While my journey, or your journey, may never look like Paul’s, it’s still possible for imprisonment to find us.
We might endure a prison of darkness when depression covers us like a thick heavy blanket. Or chained to a past we can’t seem to move away from. We may find ourselves standing before accusers—relentless in voicing their opinions while refusing to hear ours. Life is full of moments when the waters can become a turbulent sea.
That’s when we need our own Julius, the guard in our lives, to recognize our need for care and refreshment. Who is traveling your journey with you? Who is your guard in life that notices when you’re about to break? Who reaches out when you begin drifting away? We all need a guard like Julius, someone willing to stand by us, giving thoughtful consideration to our needs. And we all crave friends who bring care and refreshment to our lives. Proverbs 11:25b promises, “Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (NIV).
Guarding and Caring always brings:
Colleen is the author of The ABCs of Who God Says I Am, which takes women on a back-to-the-basics journey by outlining their identity in Christ with the alphabet as the roadmap. From accepted to loved to victorious to zealous, readers will find refreshment and encouragement in this devotional study as they shed harmful and false thinking about their life in Christ Jesus. Ready to find out who God says you are and experience a more joyous existence? Dive into these pages and prepare to be renewed like never before in Kolleen Lucariello’s new devotional study, The ABC’s of Who God Says I Am, and discover who you can be when you trust completely in the Lord. Pick up your copy today at Amazon!