CLOSER THAN A BROTHER  By Lori A Alicea

It is written…

there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 NIV

Those friends who are brothers from different mothers, yet love the other’s family as their own.

They eat from each other’s refrigerators; they sleep on the other’s floor.

They argue as brothers yet remain and love as true friends,

as friends stick closer than a brother.

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Friendships elevate one another with their belief in the other’s success;

Going low that they be lifted high.sand dune buds 2006 Jake and Rob on sand dunes jake jumping

Friendships rev the throttle of encouragement to push their brother further and faster down the pathway of life.

They are a ride for help when friends find themselves stranded along a dark and lonely road.

Friends are runners in each other’s races.

They train together for those triathlons which test the limits of a brother’s endurance of spirit when he’s forced to…

Swim against the tide of struggles…

Bicycle though the wind of adversity blows in your face…

And run a full marathon while you are weak.

Friends keep pace beside their brother’s race especially when the runner’s wall is before them,

as friends stick closer than a brother.

Friendships are those speeches of love and truth at your wedding, those crumbs in the forest to help you find your way when your compass has failed.

A brotherhood of words to remind you…

I’ve got your back…

I’m here for you…

You’ve got a friend in me.wedding - best man speech

True friends talk and think like the other; albeit to a grandmother’s anxiety.

Friends stroll thru and share the sights of fatherhood together; they are those fun uncles to their brother’s children.vacation dads together 2019 england hattabaughs in town hollis eli holding hands

Friends see the good, the beautiful, the noteworthy attributes of his brother, overlooking the imperfect weeds of his brother’s garden.

A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence,
And admires the flowers in your garden.
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The sun sets in the eyes of friends who share the other’s dreams, successes, failures and hope thru the lens of their God who loved them first as friend.vacation together

Friends stand at attention to the priorities and values of true success, holding the line to fight and protect their richest blessings …

God…
Family…
Country…
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Friends go to the ends of the world for the other, following them and risking it all up those treacherous mountains where it’s most difficult to breathe if need be.

Because friends don’t allow friends to climb thru life alone,

as friends stick closer than a brother.

A friend loves at all times.

A friend is always loyal,
A brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 17:17 NLTmt ranier 1

A brotherhood of words to remind you…

I’ve got your back…
I’m here for you…

You’ve got a friend in me.

THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S By Lori A Alicea


The battle is real, isn’t it?

The battles of the heart…
The battles of the flesh…
The battles of circumstance…

Battles which force our hand to take up arms and fight.
Battles that have us on the run.
Battles that weigh heavy on the heart.
Battles that tempt a retreat into hiding.

But fear not… don’t lose hope… be not dismayed.

While we must show up to the battlefront wearing the full armor of God.  The Lord goes before us into battle and fights on our behalf.

Be thou encouraged….

THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S
By Lori A Alicea

Surrounded by the battle lines,
Entrapped from left to right.
These struggles we wage war against,
Which force our heart’s to fight.

Before us is a battle plan,
We take up shields and swords.
Take courage He will fight for you,
The battle is the Lords.

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Stand firm your ground, in armor wear,
When struggles dare increase.
His belt of truth around your waist,
His ready feet of peace.

That breastplate of His righteousness,
In place, protects your heart.
Take up your shield of faith against,
Those lies, their arrows dart.

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The helmet of salvation wear,
Assurance as we trod.
Our struggles tremble when we raise,
Our swords, the Word of God.

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A warrior princess you are crowned,

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A warrior prince are thee.
You fight with His authority,

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Our struggles forced to flee.

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We celebrate this battle win,
He is our victory.
We stood our ground, the armor wear,
He fights for you and me.

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The struggles that we face are real,
Their lies, fight back with swords.
Oh tempt not to retreat, but stand,
The battle is the Lords.

THE ARMOR OF GOD

13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.


14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.


16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:13-17