Friday, October 11, 2013

To My Friends



I have been so fortunate. Over the years, well from the time I was very young I made good friends. I made friends that have been there through all the crazy adolescent angst and on into adulthood. We've been in each other's weddings,


seen each other have babies,



have started to raise children alongside one another,


(Photo courtesy of L.W.)


and celebrated almost every Birthday with one another.



We've gotten in fights and hugged each other hard with tears streaming down our faces when we have patched up the differences. I love these childhood friends, now grown women with a fierce and ardent love.

As an adult I have made new friends. Friends who have listened to me pour my heart out about my insecurities and who have loved me despite the tarnishes that I've revealed. Friends who comfort me when I'm having a bad day and choose not to judge me when I divulge the way I'm really feeling about things. Women who support me and lift me up with the power and grace that only a true friend has. 

Thinking about it brings me to tears. The way that God has kept people in my life and also brought people purposefully is not coincidence. His caring about my relationships and the community that I have is overwhelming.

I think about this and in turn look at each of my children and know that they each need different things as they are all so unique. So, I'm praying for their futures, the friends they make, and the spouses they will meet. I know that the relationships they make will play an integral part in their lives.





 
(photo courtesy of A.B.)

I remember a long time ago reading, "The people you meet, and the books you read have the most impact on your life and decisions." This leads me to desire strong relationships for my children. I want them to be able to make good friends, friends who will stay by their side, friends who will influence them wisely, and friends who will love them. I want my children to be the kind of friend that is loyal, kind, unselfish, and fair.

I am praying fervently for good relationships to follow my children all the days of their lives. I can speak from experience when I say that a good relationship is a truly enriching lifelong experience.





 "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17 

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 



2 comments:

  1. In my minds eye when I think of the four of us I see those girls in the top picture. Oh, how happy I am to be your friend!

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  2. I am so happy to be "the fourth cousin" in our group. You are a truly cherished friend and I love you.

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