Words of Encouragement

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FRIENDS

I have some friends who are nuts, truly nutty. I cannot turn my back on them. They swipe my gum right out of my purse, drink out of the untouchable green mug which they know is MINE, call at all hours of the day and night, and can be seen in a sweater that looks familiar, VERY familiar. I really would not have it any other way. I would do the same to them …. umm, I mean the same for them.

I also know that my friends have my back. They will tell me when my mascara is running, the truth about my latest hair colour, and when my clothing is caught up in awkward places. They also let me vent and be unreasonable and don’t tell me to smarten up because they know that it is just a bad day and it will pass. I also know that when I really do need to smarten up, they can tell me because I trust them and I know that I am safe with them. I know my friends will pray for me, my husband, and my children. Not only will they pray for me, but they know just exactly what to pray for. Does it get any better than that?

My friends make me laugh until I wet my pants, provide chocolate when necessary (it is always necessary, every friend knows that) and will accompany me on spontaneous adventures. My friends will never rat me out and tell my secrets because I know all of theirs so HA! We share hopes and dreams. No one laughs if it is a huge dream. They encourage, nurture, and make me believe that I can accomplish it. Friends accept me as I am, allow me to be me, point me to God, and help me become a better person. My friends provide shelter with their presence because I feel safe and loved. Don’t get me wrong, my friends are not perfect and they certainly know that I am not perfect either. Friends are one of the biggest blessings that God has given me.

There have been times in my life when I have been lonely. Friendships seemed elusive. At times I have not made an effort to reach out for fear of rejection. Sometimes I have not been a good friend and have not taken time to nuture those special relationships. Do you have a friend you can be real with? If you don’t, consider making a phone call to that person that you wish you could connect with. Make the first move. They are probably trying to get up the courage to make a call as well. Call a group of gals that are like minded and arrange a coffee date. Conversation is easy when you have things in common, however, don’t always limit it to that because friendships can span generation gaps as well. Pray for friendships. God cares about you and everything that is important to you. Ask God to help provide opportunities to make friends. Do you have an old friendship that has drifted that you would like to rekindle? Write a note. Send a card. Make the call … and … get an extra supply of chocolate.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. NLT
Proverbs 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. NLT
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. NLT

by Cyndi den Otter (C)

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