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Help me welcome Emma Right.
Award Winning and Best Seller author, Emma Right, is a happy wife and Christian homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired Dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Emma worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children. Emma Right is currently features in Authors’ Network latest book, 50 Great Authors You Should be Reading. She can be contacted through her website at http://www.emmaright.com/
Choosing Wise Friends
by Emma Right
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Jesus said this in John 15:15. I just love the fact that He, the Creator of the universe, calls us a friend, and puts us on the same plane as Himself.
A good friend, though, is hard to find, and wise is the person who chooses her friends carefully. But finding a good friend is not as easy as it seems. Hindsight is always 20-20.
We’ve all been there–at least some of us who are over 21–revving to grow up, the world at our feet, the stars reachable. Wonderful , wondrous future. But in wanting to get there, we forget to smell the roses, we trample on thorns and we get sorely poked and gashed, and alas, some of the barbs could be poisonous. Except for the Grace that watches over me, over us, all it might have taken for any of us to have taken that wrong path was that detour, that wrong turn, that grabbing of something that looked too good to pass up on. This, coupled with a strong desire to make it in life, might blind any of us, and we can end up grabbing at the adder’s tail.
A true friend can sway a person from the worst decision and a false one can do just the opposite.
So I come to the main point of this devotional and the theme of my story, Dead Dreams, Book 1: without a dream centered on Jesus, our aspirations could be, at best a waste of time, an exercise in futility, and it could even become deadly. Imagine me taking a wrong turn, a detour perhaps, but the turn veered me only, say, ten degrees away from my destination. But if I continue to go down this same direction, if I don’t stop, and ask if I had headed toward a slightly wrong path, I could end up in a place I never meant to be. This is like reading the Bible, too. One faulty frame of reference, or misinterpretation building upon misinterpretation, when reading our Bible, could lead us astray and all sorts of wrong doctrines can seep in. This is not to say the person who made that wrong turn was an unbeliever, of course. I’m just giving an image of how just a slip is all it takes for grave mistakes to follow.
As a mother, I constantly pray that my children will choose their friends wisely. But at the end of the day, if their decision is grounded in Jesus I believe the Holy Spirit will draw them back to the right path, so they won’t end up too far off. I hope that as I point them to Jesus as the answer to all things they will depend on Him more and less on their circumstances, or even their friends. Except if the friend is Jesus, of course.
More about Dead Dreams:
Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.
Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young contemporary adult psychological thriller and mystery.
Dead Dreams is available at Amazon and other fine retailers.
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