Friends make all the difference in this world! The book of Proverbs reminds us that WHO you hang out with is who you become.
I’ve heard it said that everyone should have a ‘Paul,’ a ‘Timothy’ and a ‘Barnabus’ in their life.
A ‘Paul’ is an older, wiser person in the faith that has a godly influence on you. A ‘Timothy’ is a younger believer that YOU influence, but the ‘Barnabus’ is the believing friend that simply ‘gets’ you.
A ‘Barnabus’ is one that is generally in a similar season of life and level of spiritual maturity. As you walk this life together and share the ‘stuff’ you have going on, she listens, she understands, she might or might not offer solutions, but when you leave her presence you are refreshed, encouraged, and better equipped to face the difficulties of life because you don’t feel as if you are doing this thing called life ALONE.
I meet with my friend Barb at least monthly for coffee and a chat. The folks at Micky D’s might shake their heads wondering “What in the world is going on at that table by the window?”
We laugh (loudly), we cry, we talk about the stuff we’d like to do, moan over the stuff that we need to do but can’t seem to quite manage. We talk about our kids, sometimes the triumphs, sometimes the heart aches. We set goals and cheer each other on.
I can’t imagine life without my Barnabus! Maybe you are hearing this and yours has come to mind. Pray for her. And if you don’t have one, I encourage you to ask the Lord to bring you one. Perhaps you have not because you ask not.
I’m sharing today a recipe from my friend Barb. This Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball is definitely on my TO-DO list!!
Barb’s Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Ball
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. shredded cheddar
1 Tbsp. onion, grated
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ c. sun dried tomatoes
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp crushed red pepper
¼ tsp black pepper
1 c. real bacon bits
Blend the cream cheese and cheddar. Add the rest of the ingredients. Roll into small balls, then roll the balls into bacon bits. Serve with crackers.