Girlfriends and Birthdays
It was a beautiful sunshiny September day, and it was just perfect for an outdoor Birthday celebration. As I sat outside on my girlfriend’s patio, eating the best salad that I think that I have ever tasted, that was followed by the best chocolate cake that I think that I have ever tasted,
I felt complete gratitude.
My gratitude was not because the food was so good, but because my two girlfriends and I, could be together again, for our yearly Birthday celebration. This year was really special, because we had missed the last two years, due to the pandemic and also due to some health issues.
We were so excited to be together again in person. It was great for the three of us to catch up on how things were going in our lives, and to just sit and enjoy each other’s company. We had some serious heart sharing moments, and some giggles too of course. More giggles than heart sharing probably. God had blessed all three of us to see another birthday and our yearly Birthday tradition was back on track. God is good!
When I returned home I reflected on the time that we had spent together that day, and it made my heart feel warm. There is nothing like having great friends!
God in His infinite wisdom, knew that we would need to be connected to one another. Our connection to one another gives us support, relationship, accountability and recreational fun and enjoyment with one another.
My prayer is that you are not choosing to live life isolated from the great friendships that you could be enjoying.
If you are a person who struggles with building friendships, I encourage you to get connected to a local Church in your area, and attend a few of the events that they are having for the congregation. At first it may feel a little awkward but keep going, slowly you will start to make friends and the quality of your life will become so much richer.
Both of the friends that I share my birthday with each year, are women that I met at church almost thirty years ago. They both have been such a blessing to me and I hope that I have been the same to them.
If you are in need of a great friend, I encourage you to pray today and ask God to bless you to meet a good Christian friend, and He will certainly bless you with one. Before you know it, you will have traditions that are special to you as well. Most importantly remember this, to have a good friend, you have to be a good friend.
If you already have great friends, but you have not connected with them in a while, I encourage you to reach out to them, even if only by phone. Stay connected! Remember great friends are like jewels. They are rare, so cherish them. May God bless you as you start to experience the richness of true friendships!
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.