Sunday, July 21, 2013

Girlfriends Keep You Strong

I didn't have a sister, and to be honest I didn't have a lot of close girlfriends when I was younger. I had a boyfriend in high school (still married to him!) When I was in college, I was so focused on working and studying and rushing to get out into the "real world" that I didn't spend as much time on friendships.

Over the years, I've come to cherish my friendships. I've had friends come to my rescue from far away places. My girlfriends encourage me and believe in me more than I sometimes do myself.  I now realize that it's not about the number of friends you have in Facebook or your cell phone. It's really about having "quality" friendships that you can count on.

I wanted to write about this today, because I spent a few hours "chatting" with a good friend last night. We've know each other for more than 20 years. We've worked together, supported each other through having babies, and shared many joyful moments. We can talk about careers and our hopes and dreams. We can discuss our challenges and fears about raising a family (particularly the worries of raising young girls who will soon become young women). We can talk about marriage and how much we wish we could understand our husbands better. We can talk about anything. Whether it's sharing a few laughs over a martini or having a shoulder to cry on, a true friend is always there when you need her!

One of my favorite quotes is: "Friends are like stars. You can't always see them, but you know they are always there."

This is so true. True friends help us to become stronger and better than we would be otherwise. They support us on our journey through life. I've always been a believer that God intended for us to be on this planet to encourage and support each other, not to weather the storms alone.

As part of the quest for 63 days of faith, love, and time, I would suggest spending time with the friends that will believe in you and strengthen your faith, and love you for who you are and who you will become.

Love and Prayers,

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