Love Letters: Faithful Friends

Scripture tells us that it’s not good for us to be alone and my friends make sure that’s never a problem in my life.  Undoubtedly one of the biggest blessings in my life are my friends.  My friends are thoughtful and considerate.  They are kind and compassionate.

They are not perfect people but they are wonderful people who have given me a beautiful community that I am proud and privileged to be part of. 

I have been blessed to be a part of their lives.  We have celebrated marriages, new jobs, new callings, new babies, and so much more together.  And we are constantly inviting more people into our community adding to our joy and celebration.  I didn’t know how amazing it could be to have such wonderful friends and I have to pinch myself that these people let me hang out with them!

Keeping friendships together takes work.  A lot of work.  Finding time to spend together when you have other, super important and necessary, obligations is tough.  Making an effort to check on one another and care for each others emotional and spiritual well-being is tough.  So a lot of times friendships fall away until we are left with mostly acquaintances and those friends we run into from time to time.

But having a community of people who love, support, push, and encourage you makes a huge difference to how you live your life.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

~John 15: 13

I truly don’t know what I would do without my wonderful friends.  They have enriched my life and made me a better person and a better Christian.  I believe more deeply because they have inspired and challenged me.  I have tried new things and thought about old problems in new ways because they have given me encouragement and perspective.

The love of faithful friends brings joy.  I am never alone because I know that no matter what- crisis of faith or crisis of flat tire- I have this community.  And for better or worse they have me.

My friends fill my life with love and I love them.

 

Prequel to the Love Letters

I have  not written a blog since December.  December, y’all.  I’d say I’ve been busy, which is true, but terribly uninteresting since seriously who isn’t busy?  Everyone is busy.  Busyness does not make me a special snowflake.  So I’m back at this writing game.  And to keep me at it consistently for a while, this week I am going to write a new post each day leading up to February 14th.  You know…Valentine’s Day?

As a teenage girl I dreaded this day because I was usually single and even when I was dating someone my expectations were so high it was impossible for me to be pleased (I was real pleasant y’all).  As an adult I know that a lot of my single ladies out there are stressing over it.  There is, of course, the typical cliche of single ladies everywhere wearing their sweat pants and eating ice cream all day trying to drown their single-hood sorrows.  I get it.  Sometimes being single sucks.  Being married looks like it has some challenges too.

But I don’t think Valentine’s Day should just be about the person you are dating or married to.  Valentine’s Day is a day that celebrates love!  And if it doesn’t it should.

So leading up to Valentine’s Day I am writing a new post each day of the many ways love shows up in our lives and how we can celebrate it!  Hope you enjoy!