Wanna lift? Go to a party of a few close friends. No one is throwing one? Make your own. Invent a reason and have fun with it.
We had a birthday party for Kat today and it was so fun. The kids played and we moms got to talk and it was lovely, like a vacation.
Never underestimate the power and happiness of getting outside of yourself and enjoying the thoughts and ideas and company of others. It is so encouraging ad hopeful, yielding an invaluable break from normal life into a bit of special. God calls this fellowship. 😄❤
Today, I caught up with good friends, my dear semi-local friend and my best friend from 15 hours away. Both good. I also caught up on caulking and finished painting. I caught up on who I am praying for in our homeschool group and got the list of birthdays. I caught up with our band brother who had surgery and a gig lead. I caught up to schedule 3 consults for next week. I caught up on individual time with each family member today. It is amazing how much I can catch up in 1 day. All good. Left me exhausted by the end of it and I bid you a fair night’s sleep, immaculate dreams and a blessed day tomorrow. 😄❤😴
I have been taking my daughter to a kids Bible study for about a month now on Wednesdays. The church we go to on Sundays has nothing for kids on Wednesdays because it is too small, I guess. So, at this new church we met a young college lady and her little sister and tonight also their mom, who was ill last week. They recently moved here from Iowa and don’t know anyone. And we fell in like family. I love them and my daughter and her young on are best of friends already. It is refreshing. And I just wanted to publicly thank the Lord for a new local friend for me and especially Kathleen. It is an answer to prayer and I acknowledge that and am thankful.😄❤
Recently, I have been blessed with hope from friends and my Great Aunts in high places. I am so blessed to have them. I do not people often because people are often times all about themselves and I think too much of myself as it is. I want and have (praise God!) friends who focus on God. That is where I want to be. I don’t want company in the dirt, I want to be lifted up into the air. I want to be closer to Jesus Christ, my Savior. Another source of hope was my fantastic devotional Jesus Calling. It point me to Jesus all the time and is worded from the Bible as a note to me from Jesus directly. And I have found myself randomly just blurt out “I trust you, Jesus” and that helps focus me on what is important. My strength is in the Lord, no matter how strong I am. I am just a little girl without the power of the resurrection and Holy Spirit. God is so good and I am so blessed to remind me of that. 😄❤
I have a few close friendships (I consider them adopted family/family in Christ) that have stood the test of time. The longest and closest of these is my best friend Shawn. We have been best friends since 2’s and 3’s class (ages) in Sunday school. Very few friendships go back so far and maintain through the years so well. It is a gift from God really, she is so precious. I have a couple other friendships like this, one with April goes back 13 years or better. And one friendship with Dan went back 16 years or more. This recent one it had been over 2 years since we spoke and I needed a singer for NYE this year and thought of him and he is happy to sing with us and we reconnected. And he hadjust mentioned me the day before. So cool.
These friendships are with Christian siblings and they are precious to me. We can count on each other no matter what or how long it has been. We are dedicated to each other, treasure each other, know each other and unconditionally love each other. It is amazing to have that kind of friendship for life or for long term and even cooler because they will be in heaven with me later too, as we help each other stay in thr Lord.
And if you have a friendship or two like that, treasure and appreciate it and really thank the Lord for it. It is a gift from Him. And if you do not, pray and ask Him for someone and at the right time, He will provide one. He loves to bless us. 😄❤
There is a verse whrte Jesus calls us friends. (John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14. You are my friends if you do what I command. 15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – Bible Offline) It is a beautiful thought. It is truth.❤
Our house is always open to friends. And we had a wonderful surprise today of friends over. They stayed 3 delightful hours and it was wonderful. I love having friends over and it was a treat. And it is super cool to share beliefs and tech-limiting ideologies with them so we have free time to share ideas and experiences. Real people are ALWAYS better than tech or entertainment of any kind. Hear me people, God made us real people who love real people. Put the tech down. Step away from the tech and visit a real person. It will make their day like our friends made ours!😄❤