Have you ever considered the parable of the builder in Matthew 7:24-27 as an allegory on friendship? When you spend time with your friends, share your life with them, and depend on each other you are building on a strong rock foundation. However, if you don’t talk often or only share the good stuff, you’re building on sandy soil. I tend to have some shifting sand. I need to work on this.
We can go through seasons of loneliness. It is important to surround ourselves with trusted people when we feel alone and remember God is always with us. Loneliness is something that many of us deal with at one point or another. I know I have. Being single often leaves me feeling alone. While others my… Continue reading Alone: Learning How to Combat Loneliness in a Godly Way
We often try to fix those we love instead of allowing a safe space to exist and be heard. Helping others in pain requires us to listen through the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get… Continue reading Listen: Hearing Other’s Pain through the Power of the Holy Spirit
We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace
Reaching out and encouraging others can feel like we are being a bother. The opposite is quite true: we are giving strength to weary people who need it. Discouragement was weighing heavily on me. It was the week before Christmas and I had done very little to prepare. For the previous 7 weeks, my husband… Continue reading Encouraging: Reaching Out to Others Costs Us Nothing
In times of stress, we tend to isolate ourselves from everyone and everything. But we need to be loyal to our relationships, our word, and our lives, portraying the steadfastness of Jesus. The little break between Christmas and New Years can be disorienting. What day is this? When did I shower last? I know I bought… Continue reading Loyal: Pursuing Steadfastness in Our Relationships
The loss of a friendship can feel like death, especially when it ends in a hurtful way. But all of us change, and some friendships last for only a season. We were supposed to grow old together. Raise our children together. Experience joy and laughter together. But it didn’t happen the way I had envisioned.… Continue reading Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last
Having friends, working side by side toward a common goal is the definition of community. God gives us an invitation into His community helping us grow. We went to the park today to play. My son wanted to have someone to play with but he can be shy in new situation. He tends to mirror… Continue reading Community: God’s Invitation into Spiritual and Personal Growth