Ecclesiastes 4:9. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 12. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”❤
Now, I believe friends should talk to each other. I mean true friends. God puts people together for such purposes… to share and help and encourage each other and worship God together. Now, how can that happen if communication is down or one sided? Truly, it cannot.
I was very surprised to learn some disturbing stuff a friend is going through. It seemed all was well. I am not sure if it was their being good at hiding or my complete inattention to details which would have signaled me (I seem doomed to some level of blindness) and my optimistic nature, but I am certain both of us were at fault and I am sorry for my part.
My first reaction was “Why on earth didn’t you tell me so I could have been praying for you?” Secondly, I could have helped or encouraged or something. Thirdly, didn’t you trust me? Now, that last one I readily admit is selfish. But I want you to see how we extroverts think. And I get that introverts hate being helped so loudly. I get that. I understand… most of my few friends are introverts. My mom is an introvert. I get it.
But the praying thing is spot on. If you are going through something, feel free to say, “Now don’t make a big, loud deal out of this, but I need to talk and I need prayers only.” And that is totally doable. That is conditional, sharing your feelings communication right there. See what beautiful things can happen when we are true friends and share the load and pray together. Amazing things!❤
What a blessing are the close friends we have in our lives!! Praise God for such blessings!!😄❤
Rather than pathetic and inconsequential shallow or even worldly questions, we Christians should be asking each other questions like this:
1. How is your prayer walk going?
2. Is there anything I can pray with you about right now?
3. Can I watch your kids for a few hours so you can pray?
4. What verses did you read today that encouraged you?
5. Please share with me some blessings from God today.
6. May I share with you today how God has shown Himself greater than my challenges?
7. Can we fast together in Spirit and prayer one day this week?
8. Is there anything I can help you with today?
9. Please tell me about a blessing God has provided for you today.
10. Are you ready to go to heaven when God comes for us?
Questions such as these matter for the kingdom of God, in conjuction with the Word of God. We are to operate on a deeper spiritual level than those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. We often dwell on the shallow which is not helpful in the long run or big picture. We need to start greeting ech other with holy hugs and kisses and meaningful questions which encourage our eternal life.❤
To me, friends are equal to family. I make few friends but adopt them fully invested into my family and personal space. My friends are always fully welcome to anything of mine and they are exceedingly precious to me. I am not sure if being brothers/sisters in Christ has made my friendships so much more powerful with that essentially deep spiritual connection. The reason I do not know is that no close friend I have adopted has ever been an unbeliever/unsaved. So I do not know for certain but I am pretty sure it plays a strong role in bonding. Thank you, beautiful friends. I pray for you and love you and am here if ever you need me. ❤
My best friend called while I was cooking and we will talk tomorrow. But this blog is about an old friend I thought had abandoned me out of the blue. She is a Christian now and is over a depression and wants to be friends again. I had long since forgiven everything. I go to automatic forgiveness mode nowadays so it is becoming a very good habit. But it was genuinely good to make peace and catch up. I have missed her, it is so rare to have a person close by you have a lot in common with and enjoy. So, forgiveness is enormous in life and never give up on people. Be conscience of people but open hearted and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.❤
There is no substitute for meeting with a friend. I met with my friend today at the park and am so so very blessed to have done so. Friendships are a gift from God and true ones are few and far between. Something to treasure and value and life is just so rich for having them. Yes, I can thrive with Jesus but I am sure happy to be able to do so alongside someone else. 😄❤