Recently I have told myself that I am too busy to put friends on the calendar. I just have a season where it won't all fit and I didn't realize the toll it was taking on me. In the past week I have made the time for several friends and I truly feel like a different woman! I am refreshed, renewed, spurred on and feeling loved beyond words.
Just this week I have had deep conversations that have challenged me in my walk with the Lord, I have been kept accountable to some choices I am making, I have been lifted up and encouraged, and I have laughed until my belly hurt. That's the kind of relationship I believe God wants for us.....those that make life better, deeper, easier to bare when it's really hard.
He shared that life is easier with Himself in the center and, at least, one more on our side in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken"
I have not always done this well. There have been times when I have not been as attentive to my relationships, I have not worked as hard as I could have at a friendship and I regret that deeply. With PCS moves in the Marine Corps it takes even greater intention to keep long-distance friendships flourishing and I haven't always done that well either. But I am thankful that God has allowed me opportunities to continue to work on my friendship skills! Because I know He doesn't want me to walk this life alone!
I love how God is all about relationships and how He created us to be relational. In the very beginning He states, "It is not good for man to be alone." And all through the Word we see His orchestration of relationships, love, and friendships. When I look back at the relationships He has brought into my life I can see He knew what I needed every time.
Some seasons of friendship were for my spiritual growth, some seasons were for my encouragement , some for strength in a long winter, some were meant to keep me healthy physically and some purely for joy.
I want to encourage you today to make a plan with a friend, pick up the phone and reach out to a friend you haven't connected with in a while, put a date on the calendar to get together with one or many girlfriends. It's good for the soul and makes this journey so much more fun!
I would love to hear of your girlfriend stories, how you connect, fun things you do with your girlfriends, and how they have shaped/changed your life.