Fellowship: The condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality.
- The companionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms.
- A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests.
- Friendship; comradeship.
These are the meanings I found for fellowship at thefreedictionary.com. I like the last one best…friendship. The encouragement challenge for today borders around that theme; befriending your husband, or in my case, your husband to be. This means enjoying his presence, having fun with him, trusting him… in fact I think the beauty of that is being able to:
listen to him;
laugh with him;
cry with him;
show your fears;
be vulnerable with him;
expect the truth and be honest;
spend time with him;
This is just a preliminary list… what attributes would you display towards a friend?
I believe this is the state God wants to achieve with each and everyone of us. What would it be like to be a friend of God? The possibilities are endless! Imagine actually enjoying the presence of God, speaking to and hearing from Him? This is the kind of relationship Adam and Eve had with God in the garden of Eden. The Bible says in the evening, God would come down and fellowship with them. I crave this sort of closeness with God.
It is something I have experienced off and on over the years. Sometimes I feel so close to Him that I feel Him all around me; at other times He feels so far away. . .
One way which I have found to be a good way to get close to the Lord has been through His word, the Bible. In my browsing, I found this wonderful site Biblepodcast.org. The name speaks for itself. I discovered it a couple of days ago and it has been a blessing to be able to listen to the Bible as I multi-task. If you have an ipod or are using a mac computer, you can either browse it from itunes or subscribe to itunes from the site. It is completely free – just click on the button below.
On that note, here is the encouragement challenge for today:
“You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy…Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!” Ps. 16:11a; 144:15b
“A merry heart does good like medicine…” Prov. 17:22a
It’s hard to criticize others when we are enjoying their company. Instead of speaking negatively to your husband today, enjoy him! Encourage him! As you experience fullness of joy with God, share some of that joy with your husband.
Does your husband have a playful side? A great sense of humor? Is there a “little boy” that wants to escape from time to time, reflecting the joy in his heart?
This is a wonderful part of who he is, and a great strength. Let him know that you appreciate his joyfulness and his playful spirit. Find opportunities to join him in positive play times.
If your husband can sometimes be overly serious, coax him out occasionally for some play times. It will help him relieve stress and relax.
By Nancy Leigh DeMoss
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