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Friends and Pound Cake

Saturday Morning Devotional – From the Archives

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Friends and Pound Cake

Some of you may remember around 2007ish when I had a blog called Out of the Nest and Beyond. I recently found the weekly devotionals I posted back then, and I thought it might be neat to share some of those old posts every now and then. As I pulled them up to take a look for this week, I asked for the Lord’s guidance. I had to take a quick break to set out ingredients to make a pound cake for school. When I returned, I found one on friendship that I liked. As I scrolled down to read all of it, the recipe for the pound cake I was in the process of making was part of the devotional. Certainly the signs could not have been any more clear! So Friends and Pound Cake it is!

From the Archives – July 2008


As a 6th grade teacher, I am always dealing with the drama of friendship issues. I used to have a poster hanging in my classroom that said, “If you want a friend, you need to be a friend.” How true this saying is, not only for kids, but for adults as well.

Unfortunately, very few people are blessed with true friendships. We all have many acquaintances, but Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times.” I think it would benefit us all to take a refresher course in what true friendship really is.

F – Fun – Friends are fun to be around because you can be yourself without fear of rejection.

R – Respectful – A friend will always treat you with respect.

I – “I” doesn’t apply – A friend is always concerned with “You.”

E – Encouraging – Friends will lift you up with words, notes, emails, songs, & prayers.

N – Needs – A friend goes out of their way to help with whatever needs to be done.

D – Daily – A friend may not have daily contact, but thoughts and prayers are continuous.

S – Share – Friends share everything (burdens, praise, thoughts, ideas, laughter, & tears).


I am thankful to have been blessed with some wonderful friends. Some of these friendships are within my own family, and there are several outside of family. As the acronym portrays, friendship brings about responsibility. I need to constantly monitor what kind of friend I am being, because, “If you want a friend, you need to be a friend.”

Since friends are known for sharing, I would like to share a family favorite recipe that was actually given to me several years ago. This pound cake is the best I have tasted. It is very moist and tender while the top ends up crunchy and sweet. Please enjoy!

Pound Cake

What better way to be a friend than to share a delicious pound cake!

In the post, “The Best Cold Oven Pound Cake to share with Friends,” I share one of my favorite pound cakes. It is moist and delicious, but the best part of the whole thing is the crust. It has a crispy sweetness like no other.


Current Thoughts

I am no longer teaching at the 6th grade level; I am a counselor at a high school. It is funny to see that the same types of friendship issues 6th graders had are at the high school level as well. To take it a step further, I see them in adults too. I guess it is universal – we all need to work on being a friend!

Friendship Quotes


quote about friends


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Friends Song & Resource

Who remembers “Friends” by Michael W. Smith? It is a classic!

Dr. Michelle Bengtson shared a great post – How to Support a Friend in Crisis. It gives very practical and helpful ideas.

As we go through the weekend and into a new week, let’s keep in mind and practice – “If you want a friend, you need to be a friend!” I hope you check out the pound cake and share it, because there is nothing like friends and pound cake!

Until next week…

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  1. The need as well as the blessing of true friendships continues for a lifetime! I am so grateful for the “true” friends that I am blessed to have. I enjoyed your devotion…as well as that delicious sounding recipe. It reminds me of one that my grandmother used to make (at least it had the same name!) I want to try it…but just have to get past those three sticks of butter! Whoa, buddy!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a great post and a gentle reminder to show up for the people we love Susan! There is nothing like true friendship whether it’s a small circle or a large one. It’s all a priceless gift. I can’t wait to try this cold oven recipe. I love pound cakes! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Thanks for this practical advice & encouragement! And I’m always on the lookout for a no-fail pound cake recipe – I’ll have to try yours!

  4. What a lovely thought. The pound cake looks delicious! Visiting from Grammy’s Grid link party.

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