Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. –1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
The First Place 4 Health Wellness Retreat in Round Top, Texas, begins with a health assessment that includes a blood pressure check and blood draw. In previous years, I have approached this portion of the retreat with apprehension. My blood pressure always rises temporarily at the prospect of dealing with a needle. This year was no exception. Two friends attended the week with me and were aware of my nervousness. We three waited together, and when my turn came, Annie and Debbie prayed that I would be calm and trust God.
Even though my blood pressure reading was elevated, I felt calm . . . until I went to the station to have blood drawn. Annie mentioned to the nurse that I usually requested a smaller (butterfly) needle, so the nurse prepared one. Suddenly, I became aware that Debbie was lightly massaging my neck and shoulders, and I immediately began to relax. My mind wandered from the job at hand, and because of these two precious friends, I began focusing on God. I knew I was surrounded with love as I heard Annie praying quietly, while Debbie’s touch on my shoulders spoke of her compassion. Before I knew it, the procedure was over! It was so much better with friends supporting and encouraging me through a challenging time.
Action Item: Are you facing a difficult challenge? Perhaps you can confide in one or two praying friends. It is better when you come together with those who care and love you through difficult times. God gave us friends to encourage and build us up and to point our thoughts to Him. When you allow friends to share your burden, the task is less painful.
Prayer: Father, thank You for friends who are willing to stand with me, encouraging me to trust You, building me up through their love and friendship. Help me to be that kind of friend to others.
San Antonio, Texas
Devotional taken from Better Together. To order, visit our website, www.firstplace4health.com or call 800.727.5223, x1002.