Hello, Dear Ones,
Have I mentioned how blessed I am with friends? I’ve only just returned from my lovely friend Veann’s, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude that the Lord put her in my life. We spent the better part of an hour and a half just talking…sharing stories from our lives. At the end of our visit, she took my hands in hers and prayed the most beautiful prayer over me. Her unselfish love made my heart grow.
Do you have a friend like Veann in your life? Someone who makes you want to be a better person? Someone who being with feels like sitting by a warm crackling fire? The Bible tells us that “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). I have prayed this scripture over my children for years now. But it never occurred to me to pray this scripture for myself. Good friends are so important in our lives. Several years ago, I remember how alone I felt. My life revolved around two small children and making friends was a difficult task. I remember one specific day, when I felt betrayed by someone that I thought was a close friend. I cried out to God that day. I asked Him to send me some friends. Friends who would love me no matter what. Friends that I can be real with. Not too long after that, I joined a Bible study and now, I have a wonderful circle of sisters that I can’t imagine living without.
Through these friends, God has softened my heart to others. Now, my friendships are like a river, ebbing and flowing; sometimes overflowing its banks, and other times, still and deep–a rich pool to immerse myself in. During this time, God revealed this secret to me: if you want to have a friend…be a friend.
Sounds simple, right? It wasn’t. Leaving my comfort zone, putting myself out there…these things meant that I could be hurt. I could be rejected. I might make a fool of myself.
As one who had been deeply hurt by women in the past, I had issues with opening myself up to these possibilities. But God is so good. He put me in situation after situation where I had to depend on my friends, or reveal parts of myself that I wasn’t so proud of. And do you know what? They came through every time.
When our relationships are rooted in God, He will take them to a whole new level.
Are you lonely, Dear One? Pray about it. He answers prayers, I am proof of that. And speaking of trusting friends, do you? Do you trust the most awesome friend you will ever have? Trust Him with your burdens, Beloved. Cry out to Him. He loves you, and He will come through. Every time.