oh how Sally Clarkson has been encouraging me these days.
I remember a couple years ago, one of my good friends calling and texting me, like the nice and kind friend she was, she persisted after her calls were left unanswered. The reason I remember it so vividly was because I was going through a hard season and answering someone's phone call or even returning a text felt like a lot of work. I was, in a way, ignoring her. Not intentionally, but I just didn't know what to say, I wasn't feeling very "put together". One day she called and I answered and she asked me in her sweetest but firmest voice, "What's going on Joy?". It was in that moment that I knew I had a really good friend. Not just good, really good!
She is one of my closest friends today and I relive that moment when I want to hide or avoid reaching out to a friend during a time of need. It also makes me more aware when I have a friend acting similarly, knowing they may be walking a hard road, and they can't put words together to reach out.
Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need."
Be transparent with a new or old friend, don't pretend you have it all together. Open up first and talk about the challenging things, it makes you vulnerable (that's an okay thing!) and I bet you will feel a little bit healed after talking with eachother. It's good for us to meet together, face to face. Social media friendships aren't face to face and it's not a way of connecting and deepening our relationship. We need to see their expressions, to touch their hand when they open up, to laugh together, and to share a meal.
God knows we need our fulfillment from Him, but he also encourages friendships because He created people! And he says in His word that man is not meant to be alone. Friendships are a blessing!
Who could you reach out to this week? Today? Ask them over for a cup of coffee. Even during the hustle and bustle of kids and your day, ask them. Initiate!
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Watch my video on friendship!
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!