in These days I have friends. Really good, deep to the soul friendships, and I know that comes from a place of blessing, straight from the Lord. I remember being a young mama at 23 years old recognizing that need for a friend. Even just one! I also remember distinctly the moment I found that friend, a young mom herself looking for the same thing. Our friendship flourished because we both had children the same age, pregnant nearly at the same time, and breastfeeding our babies/toddlers on the couch with a cup of water close by - boy nursing makes you parched! We were in the trenches together and that made life more light.
Now as those little baby stages are over and a new stage has entered - older kids. Life seems just as busy but a different kind of busy. One thing hasn't changed though, I still need those friendships, deep and meaningful friendships that are there during the really hard seasons of life that always seem to come in waves. I need to call my friend and her knowing there is something wrong as I say a simple hello, my voice wavering in emotion. "Life is hard friend, I just don't know what to do anymore. Will I feel "normal" again?" I need her to pray with me, listen, and give words to go about the rest of my day in hope.
Life wasn't meant to be lived alone. We need friendships and fellowship with others. Will you be that friend to someone? Will you listen and let her into your life? And in return, will you trust someone near you and reach out to them during your own difficult season? Vulnerability can be a beautiful thing.
A verse that is displayed on our business cards and products here at The Joy Box Company, continues to run true:
Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times."
Hello friends, I'm joy. ..
I love sharing my life with you. I enjoy being vulnerable and real because it's then that I hear, "you too?". I hope reading the words from my heart encourages you. We're in this together, friends, so grab your coffee or tea and stick around!