This Friday, I get to be the emcee for an event called “Out of the Nest” put on by Holy Hen House. The best part about this event is the Christian encouragement mixed with the fellowship of other Christian ladies. It has me thinking this week about the blessing of good friends.
We all crave friendship. Even more than that, we need godly friendship. The road Jesus has called us to walk in this life as we follow him is not always an easy one. It is an incredible blessing to have friends who walk it with you and spur you on in your faith! Unfortunately, I think a lot of us settle. We have friends who share interests and passions, but do we have Christian sisters or brothers who stand alongside us in this life of following Jesus?
God has blessed me with some amazing friends. They are the kind of friends that push me on in my faith, build me up when I’m feeling defeated, call me out when I’m wrong, and pray for me. They didn’t balk when I’ve shared where we felt God was leading us over the years, but rather encouraged Justin and I down challenging roads with reassurance from God’s Word and prayers backing us up in the spiritual battles.
So, do you have these kinds of friends in your life? If the answer is no, what can you do?
Here are a few suggestions:
Ask God to put people in your life who will be your spiritual “brother” or “sister”. Don’t stop asking. It might take some time, but I know he doesn’t desire us to walk out our faith alone!
Talk to People
Talk to other people at church. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask about their lives. Get to know someone new. Serve at church with someone. Attend a new Bible study. We are often afraid of looking silly, feeling weird, or going outside our comfort zone, so we don’t put ourselves into situations that might make us feel that way. Yet, in so doing, we often miss out on meeting new people, someone who might be a huge blessing in our lives.
One of my dear friends became that because we both served together in youth ministry alongside our husbands. Serving God together knit two totally opposite personalities into a powerhouse friendship centered on serving God and it has been a continual blessing over the years.
The only reason I met Justin was because my shy guy talked himself up to having enough courage to sit by me the first day of class freshman year of college. Sometimes one small bold step is all it takes. :)
I once reached out to a fellow mom (who was only an acquaintance that I’d met at a Christian mom’s group) after having a miscarriage since I knew she had also had one. What a blessing she was to me at that time. That same mom is now one of my most dear friends! Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Pray with people on the spot when they ask for prayers. Meet them in their needs. Open up in your brokenness. God may just write your brokenness into an awesome friendship.
Consider how you can spur someone else on today and pray that God would put someone in your life that will do the same for you!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. -Hebrews 10:23-25
(And how could I not include a picture of my very best friend?! XOXO)