Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blessed Thoughts from Iris Celeste

Two are Better

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if one fall down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. I love this particular scripture. It explains God’s mindset as to why He created Eve for Adam and the logic behind why He sent the disciplines out two by two. We all need a partner! I’m a single parent and one thing I find to be extremely trying is raising a man-child without a man. But God is so good, He placed a male role model in my son’s life by way of my best friend. He is also a single parent with a teenage daughter the same age as my son! We made a pact to not only be a blessing to one another, but to extend that blessing into the lives of each other's children, as well. Whenever I am having difficulty with my teenager or just plain don’t understand what the boy is going through, my friend swoops in and enlightens me. He gives me insight within the walls of the male psyche. They are a whole different species all by themselves and being a mother, there are some things I just don’t get or comprehend regarding boys, especially teenage boys. I pray I serve as the same voice of reasoning for him when it comes to his daughter.

Life experiences are meant to be shared. Shared with someone you can completely open up and be yourself with. All day long, I walk around with a smile plastered on my face or faking the funk a term my friends and I use. But then there are moments when I need to take the mask off and be free to show the real me. The scared me. The frightened me. The unsure me. I need to know that the person I am expressing myself to genuinely cares about my well-being. I have to be certain when I am in need of prayer they are sincerely praying on my behalf and my concerns are being taken to the Lord, not the telephone exposing my secrets to others. ..blessed is the man that walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

God's design was for us to coexist and prosper. ..if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done. I thank God for the awesome friends He placed in my life. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I was able to use their supportive shoulders to lean on when life had almost beaten me down. Their encouraging words sheltered me and pulled me through many rainstorms. They loved and accepted me for who I was, while also pushing me into becoming the woman I was created to be. They served as my loudest cheerleaders and number one fans. Without them, I would have surely given up long ago. The bible says…my intercessor has been my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God—and my heart when joy is abounding. Now that's what I call friends with benefits!

Iris Celeste, Author

About the Author

Iris Celeste has always loved the written word and spent endless hours as a child being entertained through books. Writing became her chosen method of expression and with that her debut novel Praise Your Way Through was brought to life, as well as, a collection of her poetry entitled Seasons of Life. Iris also writes a weekly column entitled As a Woman Thinketh for Big Time Publishing Newspaper.


Anonymous said...

Great insight!

May God continue to give you the courage and support to raise a man-child.

Wanda B. Campbell

iris celeste said...

Thank you much, Wanda!