Have you ever had a chance to sit with friends who love you enough to encourage you through sharing the truth? Until this past year, I’ve never really experienced that type of friendship with other women.
Recently, I was blessed to sit with some women I have met through various venues. During this get together, we shared life’s struggles and successes. This wasn’t the first time we were able to do this, but it was the first time when I really had a chance to sit and soak it in. Being the newcomer, I spent many months sitting on the edge of the group – desiring to be a part, but really wanting to listen and soak up their grace and wisdom.
This conversation was a little different. We were not just talking about our struggles, but the struggles around us and a theme that seems to be resonating throughout society today. That theme is the desperation so many Moms seem to have in their eyes and voices.
Yes, I’ve been there, too. Maybe you haven’t but I have experienced those moments that take my breath away as a Mother and wife.
As we were discussing this, one of my friends mentioned the Proverbs 31 woman. She mentioned this verse in particular:
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (Prov 31:27)
Ah – that one – without the inclusion of chocolate or bon bons – this tells me this woman is going non-stop; with or without servants. She sets example for me of how I am to live my life and arrange my days – looking well to the ways of my household.
We didn’t stop there, with that verse, though. We touched on Proverbs 14:1, 12: 1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. 12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:1 always gets me when I’m having one of those moments where I just can’t seem to get my bearing, I”m short, my thoughts are muttered and all I want to do is lay down and cry because everything going on seems too big for me to handle and I can’t seem to find the answer to the problem which is embracing my mind, body and soul….
As we sat there and talked - I had all of these thoughts running through my mind. I thought about the craziness of my life, my desire to encourage and mentor others, but also needing encouragement and being mentored. I also thought about my desire to disciple my children , be the wife and Mom I was created to be, and how I’m learning how to do that.
Just then, it hit me. That is exactly what we all desired
It was beautiful. It wasn’t beautiful because we were perfect – it was beautiful because our desire then (and I pray going forward) was to seek God’s will for our lives and walk this journey as sisters. Well, maybe not always walking, sometimes sitting and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee… but always, always with Christ in front of us for His glory and not ours.
Do you spend time with godly friends? It’s time to take and make time for them. Join me – for a little coffee and a vlog – and let’s grow our friendship.
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