Friendship

“A friend loves at all times…”
Proverbs 17:17

I have recently been praying a LOT about friendship. Existing friendships, new friendships and future friendships. Having been through a major life change (going from being married to being a single mom), even my friendships are changing. I read a post lately about single guys needing to “man up” and it made me think that all of us – men and women alike – need to “man up” in our friendships, mainly with communication. Me included.

I have, unfortunately, had to let go of some friendships.

I have grown closer to friends who were just casual friends before.

I have reconnected with friends I had lost touch with.

deeply miss so many of my friends who I don’t talk to as often for various reasons.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what friendship means to me and I know I need to be a better friend. The verse above reminds me that a friend loves. So what does it mean for me to love someone?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 

That is a lot to live up to. I’m trying. I’ve not had much contact with most of my friends lately – just dealing with a lot in my own heart so I haven’t been reaching out and I haven’t heard from them. Which is fine – it is what it is. They are busy and dealing with stuff, I’m  dealing with stuff. If I do hear from them, I respond.

I’m continuing to seek the Lord on friendship and seek to learn what He desires me to learn. I’m continuing to pray for my friends (and the spouses of those who are married) and anything I’m aware of that is going on in their lives. And I’m praying about how and if the Lord is going to bring some more friends into my life. Not necessarily to replace friends – but people who have time when I have time, who understand where I am in life and who can encourage me in my Faith.

What things have you learned about friendship that you can share?

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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