Proverbs 31 Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry that seeks to lead women into a personal relationship with Christ. With Proverbs 31:10-31 as a guide, Proverbs 31 Ministries reaches women right in the middle of their busy day through free daily devotions, radio program, speaking events, conferences, monthly magazine, resources, online communities, and Gather and Grow groups. We are real women offering real-life solutions to women who are striving to maintain life’s balance, in spite of today’s hectic pace and cultural pull away from godly principles. Wherever a woman may be on her spiritual journey, Proverbs 31 Ministries exists to be a trusted friend who takes her by the hand and walks by her side, leading her one step closer to the heart of God.
June 7, 2010
I Got My First Stone
She Speaks Keynote Speaker 2009
"Oil and perfume make the heart glad; so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend."
Proverbs 27:9 (NASV)
"I got my first stone."
That was my announcement at a luncheon a few months ago with some of my favorite women. Patty has a gathering of her older friends at her home to celebrate various occasions, and this time it was Billie's birthday.
I happened to be the youngest woman at the luncheon, and I love listening to and learning from these seasoned and sage ladies. We discussed spiritual things, home décor, and of course, their grandchildren.
Then came the moment for my big contribution to the conversation: "I got my first stone."
There was an awkward pause.
I couldn't figure out why they were so shy to respond. Maybe they're unfamiliar with stones, I thought, and how much better they are than traditional baking sheets. Or maybe they don't know how much better a pizza crust turns out on a stone.
But my thoughts were interrupted by a brave older woman as she asked, "Honey, what kind of stone, kidney or gall?"
I began to giggle. "I meant the kind you bake with!" They all chuckled, and reminded me that the kinds of stones that came to mind during their stage of life had little to do with baking. Yet these geriatric gals knew their stuff, and quickly began to tutor me on the proper use of stones.
"Don't use soap on it," one instructed.
Oh, and if it breaks in your oven, the sound is awful so don't be alarmed," another advised.
Since I left that luncheon, I have never used or thought of my stone in quite the same way. But here's what I have thought. "Thank You, Lord, for women who walk together, talk together, do life together, cry together, grow together and laugh together."
Do you have someone in your life who makes your soul blossom? Scripture reminds us that "oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel" (Proverbs 27:9).
Your faith will continue to grow as you fasten yourself to faithful friends who give good counsel. Whether they instruct you about baking stones or lead you to the "rock that is higher" (Psalm 61:2), they will enrich your life. And, if you don't feel you have that kind of friend, become one. Someone needs a charming gardener to bring joy to their life. You have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, lean on him, he will never leave or forsake you.
"Keep me safe, O God, I've run for dear life to you. I say to God, "Be my Lord!" Without you, nothing makes sense. And these God-chosen lives all around — what splendid friends they make!" (Psalm 16:1-3, the Message)
Dear Lord, Help me to become the kind of friend to other that I long to have. May my friendship with Jesus make me secure and wise and equip me to receive and be the kind of friend who glorifies You. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Fresh Grounded Faith: Devotions to Awaken Your Spirit, by Jennifer Rothschild
Self Talk, Soul Talk, by Jennifer Rothschild
Find a group of women to hang with who differ from you in age, race and marital status. The diversity will help you to grow in your faith and as a woman.
Think about the woman you really want to become. Hanging with the women who you want to be most like will help you become the woman you want to be!
It's easy to be too busy to invest in friendships. Do one thing today to encourage and connect with a friend and see how much richer your life becomes. What actions can I take in response to this message?
Do my friendships bring out my strengths or weaknesses?
Moses talked to God "like a friend." Do I? If not, how can I become God's friend?
To be like Christ, we must be full of "grace and truth." Is grace and truth a vital part of my friendships? If not, how can I change that?
Psalm 119:63, "I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts." (NASV)
Proverbs 27:6, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy." (NASV)
Proverbs 27:17, "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." (NASV)
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