Friendship

Why some friendships work {Living Proverbs 31}

Some friendships work because…

  • you are experiencing live together through work, school, or any number of other activities. 
  • although you are technically family, you also get along as friends.
  • it stood the test of time. You’ve had your ups, your downs, and now there is a lifelong friendship that will never fade.
  • you believe in the same ideologies.
  • no matter how much time passes, it’s as if no time passed at all. 
  • she’s the sister you never had {you know who you are}!
  • you are the same amount of crazy.  You are so similar it’s eery yet it’s so comfortable at the same time.  You get each other.

There are many, many other types of friendships and reasons they work. 

Think about the friendships in your life.  How are you nurturing them? <—– tweet

I had a great conversation with my ‘same amount of crazy’ friend last night because we have similar interests.  It was awesome! 

Here are some ideas for you! 

Talk on the phone, email, send a card through snail mail, get a cup of coffee together, support your friend in their endeavors, love them from afar if that’s all you can do right now.

What are you doing today to nurture a friendship?

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Broken {5 Minute Friday}

In the dark, hidden crevices of my mind the thought still haunts me.

I always dreamed of a large family.  A lot of kids running around the house. The constant sound of pitter-patter.  I was never the one that wanted only one or two.  

I wanted 6 originally.  My husband graciously moved his firm 2 to a definitely 3 after our first was born.  It was then a very complicated ordeal to get our second into this world.

The thought of not being able to make that third happen still hurts.  It goes without saying (even though I’m saying it here) that we are thrilled with what we have and wouldn’t trade it for the world.  

Still…

Every once in a while the new baby fever starts and my insides jump at the thought of a new baby.  The thought of getting a little closer to my dream.  Then reality sets in that it will require a little more creativity to make this happen.

A dear, special friend of mine made my day recently, my life actually!  I left the conversation with hope, love, and admiration.  It was one of those conversations that replays in your mind and I am positive I will never forget it as long as I live. 

I realized at that moment that I may be broken but I am also blessed!!! 

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How to Keep Friendships Alive {Living Proverbs 31}

Have you ever had a great friendship fizzle out and die off?  Do you find yourself missing your old friend?

Sometimes life gets so crazy, so busy, and so overwhelming that letting friendships sit on the back burner seems like the easiest thing to do.

Friendships need to be nurtured.  They need attention.

Think about the last time a friend sent you a text at just the right time or called to just say hello.  It makes you feel good.  It makes you feel like you are important in their lives. 

A dear friend of mine had a birthday last month.  I slipped a little something in the mail for her.  It was something I knew she needed.  Something she had mentioned.  Something to remind her of how awesome she is. 

Another friend had a birthday recently.  I dropped off a few gifts at her house late in the evening on her birthday.  I wanted her to think I forgot (although I am sure she knows I wouldn’t).  She was so happy!! 

She said she loved that the orchids matched the photo on the front of the Bible.  Don’t tell her this but I didn’t even plan that.  I’ve had the Bible for several months packed away so I didn’t lose it.  I wanted to pick up some flowers to go with it.  I happened to fall in love with the purple orchids at the store.  So guess what happened…I got home and they matched the cover. 

It’s these little things that make friendships so great.  Low on cash?  It can be as simple as a phone call or a card in the mail. 

Now, think about the last time you did that for a friend.  Has it been a while? 

I have a few friends in my life that just make my day.  They know who they are.  Now. 

I didn’t always do this.  I let life get in the way and so did they.  So we drifted apart.  It happens. 

But I’ve learned a lot just in the past few years.   As we get older I think it can be harder and harder to make friends.  At least that is how I’ve felt.  People grow apart, move, have kids, work obligations, family issues.  

I’ve been working hard to nurture the friendships in my life the past few years and keep them alive.  I want them in my life for years to come.  I’m determined to make sure they stay!!

On the other hand, having good friends helps!!  If they aren’t reciprocating it can be really difficult to want to keep in touch.  If they are at all worth it, we must. 

The friends in my life know they are loved.  They know they are appreciated.  They also know that no matter how much time may pass we can always pick up right where we left off. 

Do you have friends like this? 

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Grace {Into the Word Wednesday}

I have to start by saying thank you.

Thank you for the grace you’ve shown when I opened up a little last week.

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

I love being part of this wonderful, loving blogging world.  I have been pleasantly surprised time and again with the beautiful comments you leave each week.  Last week as I hit publish I started to get a little concerned.

I am sure I’m not the only one that has seen certain comments across social media that seem to be just vague enough to solicit comments.   I didn’t want that post to come across in that manner.

We have been survival mode for over a year now and I think it’s starting to wear on me.  The mind and body can only take so much sometimes.  The past few weeks have been particularly rough.  The strange part is that there is really no reason for it.

Life is settling down in our household.  Things are looking up.  It seems that because of this my body is going to make sure I’m resting.  I was all prepared to get ahead here on the blog plus get some things done around the house.  Between the migraines, sciatic pain, and flat out falling asleep on the couch none of it was accomplished.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for giving me room to grow.  I appreciate each and every one of you!! 

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Butterflies {Matrimonial Monday}

Think back to when you were first dating your spouse.  Before the wedding, before the engagement, and even before you said ‘I love you’ for the first time.

Remember the anticipation of the next time you’d see each other?

Remember the butterflies?

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Are those butterflies still alive and well or have they died off a little?  <—- Tweet it

I remember the anticipation of our first date.  We had been best friends for years before this but this was an official date.  I mean, it should feel completely different, shouldn’t it?

It did.  No longer was he just a good friend of mine.  He wasn’t just the guy I’d goofed off with and rode to school with for years.  He was no longer just the guy I had shared with about past relationships. 

He was my new boyfriend.  Officially. 

The butterflies were definitely there that night.  Those butterflies were what told me this was exactly right.  We had talked the fact that us dating could ruin our friendship if it didn’t work out but the butterflies squashed those fears. 

Keeping those butterflies alive and nurtured are important.  It’s what reminds us that this is exactly where we are supposed to be.  During rough times they may hibernate.  If you are going through a rough time in your marriage, it’s time to get those butterflies out of hibernation.

Bring them back to life with a date night.  Maybe a date where you first met.  A trip back to the first dinner date you had together.  Look back over your wedding album and relive the day. 

They are there.  I assure you they are. 

The question is are you working hard enough to keep them alive? 

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