I watch you, Noah, playing with "the gang" after violin class. I love the way you all run to get your toy pistols and dive into the 'Wild West' with all its pretend glory and fun.
Sophia, I have seen the girls around you suddenly become young ladies. One day they are content to climb trees and play dress up, and the next day it is make-up and "boy" talk. You are soon coming into a time of transition in your life with lots of choices to make.
Little Naomi. Sophia and Noah have been your true friends and playmates since you were born. But now, they are making other friends. You may feel left out. Or, as I've watched you, you may just be friendly and get along fine with new playmates. You are so pleasant.
Life is so much richer and enjoyable with friends. Isn't it fun when we invite them over to spend the day or evening? Don't you love it when we have picnics or hikes together? I can't imagine life without friends and it is my hope that you make good friends that will stick by you through thick and thin.
However, there is a friend that loveth at all times, a brother born for adversity. (prov 17:17) See, you will soon find out that no matter how wonderful your friends are, they will not love you at all times. Even your own siblings won't love you at all times.
You will also find that in the day of adversity, your friends may leave you. Your problems could be too much for them. It may even be that their adversity ends your friendship. They might think you can't understand their pain or suffering.
But guess what? WHAT a friend we have in JESUS!
I want you to know this wonderful friend, the one that will never leave you. I have already introduced you to Him. But I want you to know him personally. How sad I would be to know that all you knew about Jesus was "My mom knows Him."
I want you to know him yourself, to be intimate with Him. Go to His house. Invite Him to be with you. Spend time with Him, eat with Him, drink with Him. Find out all the things he loves and hates. When He wants to do something with you, do it. When you want to do something, ask Him about it. Whatever He tells you, believe Him. He will always be on your side.
Walk with Him. Talk with Him. Look for Him when you wake up and make Him the last person you talk to every night.
Soon, you will know what I know. You won't just believe it because I am telling you. You will know in Jesus are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. How exciting! You will also know that in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. What an amazing thing!
God bless you, my dear children, as you grow and make friends. Please remember, there is only one Person you can count on. Only one. Jesus Christ.
With all the love in my heart,