Great friendships are like fine jewels, they’re rare, hard to find gems that you hold carefully and polish gently, you love and cherish them. This morning I was reading one of my favorite devotionals that my bestest friend Jennie gave me and I was struck by the realness and importance of friendships. When I was in my early 20’s, I had so many “friends”, I trusted everyone and just knew all of my ‘friends’ were out for my good…. Boy was I naive! I learned the hard way that not everyone is out for my greater good and NOT everyone is nice! And it’s ok, because as I grew and matured, I learned how to handle betrayal and the fact that there are some people in our fallen world that didn’t know how to be a friend, and in a lot of ways, I didn’t either. The truth is, even some of my closest friends have hurt me and I them, we’re not perfect. Along the way I learned how to hang on to those important friendships, cherish them and protect them.
It says in Proverbs ‘whoever refreshes others will be refreshed’ Proverbs (11:25), this is SOOO true! I can’t tell you how refreshing it is hanging out or even just chatting with a girlfriend. Jennie and I sometimes ditch our exercise class on Wednesdays to go have some dinner and wine, and we just laugh and laugh. At the end of our time together, we always say how much better we feel just having girl time. It’s so important to feed our friendships with attention and laughter! I also know that if I’m struggling, she will be lifting me up in her prayers and she’ll be right there next to me no matter what I’m going through. I feel so blessed to have the girlfriends I do, and it’s taken time to build our friendships. I also love the fact that my friends and I can go weeks or even months with out seeing each other and when we do, it’s like no time has passed!
In one of the devotionals in Savor, Shauna says “Friendship is one of those gifts from God that just gets better and better the more it’s enjoyed”. I love how real this is. Just like our kids need us, our husbands need time with us and attention, our friendships do too. And the more we enjoy these important relationships in our lives, the better they get! Reading this today made me realize that I need to reach out to some distant but dear friends. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in my day to day life that I forget about the really important things in life, like giving my friends the attention and love they deserve and truly need (we all need friendships, we were created this way!) I hope and pray that we can all take the time to savor our friendships, Happy Sunday!