Friend of God

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As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend. –
Proverbs 27:17

I’m molten
and laid on the anvil.

Each hammer strike
breaks me down.

Each dip into the waters
created by my sadness
adds a layer of strength.

I am being honed.

Bent beneath the blows,
but shaped into something
of great use and value.

Maker’s sweat
sizzles as it meets my submissive places.

The message
of my undoing
rings with each swing.

Joyful dirges.

Sorrow that creates.

This sharpening
that proves
You call me “friend”.

God in Heaven, thank You for this beautiful pain that draws me closer to You. Thank You for making me new. Keep pounding, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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23 Comments on “Friend of God

  1. (((((Shelly))))
    I just LOVE this song – SO uplifting and encouraging! Will keep me ”bopping’ all day! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessed day to you, dear one!
    <3 J

    • It’s a good one, isn’t it, Jen? Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • It really is amazing, Deb. I remind myself often. 🙂 Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. I absolutely love the line that the “Maker’s sweat sizzles as it meets my submissive places”. Wow! I know that He produces a lot of sweat on me as He works hard to teach me and mold me. It is a never-ending process. Beautiful words! Blessings!
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    • Oh, yes, Mary, He sweats over me for sure! LOL Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. Wow! This is really powerful, Shelly. Everything that happens in our lives has a purpose and we can count on God to use everything for our good! The work on the anvil can be painful, but the result is beautiful!

    Love you, Joan
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    • Painful and beautiful. Yes, that sums it up, Joan! Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  4. You are so brave- submitting to the molding process takes huge self-will- knowing the pain will be worthwhile in the end…what a role model you are for us all dear Shelly.

    • No way, Mary. I am oh-so-broken. The only role model you need is Jesus Christ. Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  5. I literally “felt” this post — the words that come to my mind after reading it are “released” and “renewed.”

    • Beautiful words, Jen. Thank you for sharing them here. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  6. Whew! How I hate the pain…but love what God does in and through it, and in and through me because of it. Thanks for sharing this post at Testimony Tuesday!

    • Amen, Holly!! I look forward to your linkup each week. Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  7. Dear Shelly,
    Beautiful words in your poem. God uses every experience in our lives!
    Have a blessed weekend.

    • Indeed, He does, Carol. So thankful for that. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  8. Love this…
    “The message of my undoingrings with each swing.” And the song is one of my favorites.
    Thank you for sharing with the #GiveMeGrace community!

    • Thank you, Lisha! I look forward to being a part of your community! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Thank you, Elizabeth! So glad to meet you, too! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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