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I find meeting new people slightly painful.
No one can believe it but I would honestly rather speak to thousands of women at one time than to meet someone new.
Now, none of you count because I would dearly love to sit down with each of you.
What’s the difference?
I know you, your values, some of your dreams for a godly family, a thriving marriage, etc. But when it comes to a woman from church, at a wedding, or at one of Randy’s business dinners . . .
The chances are good that they will think something is wrong with me because:
- I don’t work outside the home and I don’t want to
- I don’t think 8 children is enough
- I don’t work out and I don’t want to . . . even though I should
- I homeschool all the way through high school
. . . and the list goes on.
I love and treasure my friendships. My friendships are kind of like books. They only take a second to burn up and go away, but they take years to write.
What I cherish most about friends is that whenever I am faced with spiritual or emotion upheaval, or am feeling close to burnout a talk with a friend can turn it all around in an instant.
God uses my friends to restore and renew my spirits.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.
Relationships are like gentle whispers of assurance that I am valuable to someone here on earth. And, this reminds me that I am valuable in God’s Kingdom.
And, who we choose as our friends is one of the most important choices we ever make. Friends influence our values and help shape our character. Choose them wisely and they will become one of your most precious valuables.
“A righteous man (or woman) is cautious in friendship,” Proverbs 12:26.
Likewise, choosing wrong can cause you more grief than you can imagine.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm,” Proverbs 13:20.
I have gone through many tragedies and walked some very difficult roads. All of them have been made easier because of my friends.
No, they can’t fix what is broken in my life but their walking with me and praying for me, strengthens me so that I can bear the almost unbearable.
“He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me,’”
And, even though I have not met you personally, I count YOU as a friend. I look forward to meeting with you here and growing alongside you.
You know, that’s another thing, the most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
So, it’s nice to meet you!