I'm so grateful for the friends I have in my life, and as I get older, and life gets harder, and dream realities get shorter, I need my friends even more, even closer. It's hard because it's so easy to let friendships take a back seat when things get crazy, like my life right now; but it's like all things that are good for you, diet, exercise, marriage, parenting, reading my bible. They all are for my benefit, they are all hard to maintain and keep up, but they're for the benefit of my soul!
I have all sorts of friends in my life, fun friends, one sided friends, spiritual guider friends, laugh till I pee friends, eating out friends, tea friends, and "avoid them!" friends, and then my besties that I can share the good, the bad, and the down right fugly with!
Remember those teen days when you ran crying to your friend, or they came crying to you because their boyfriend broke up with them, or you failed your math test? We comforted our friends by taking their side, and calling there boyfriend and math teacher a royal butt headed loser! They told us what we needed to hear.
Now as life gets meaner, shorter, and even more confusing, the friends we have in our lives can get us through some pretty dark times and I couldn't do it without them.
It's hard to be vulnerable with others, especially with other women. Women can be wired to be competitive with one another and struggle with keeping up and comparisons. However, when we open ourselves up we realize we are not alone, and that our struggles are not foreign and we can rest in one another.
Have I mentioned how much I love the friends God has placed in my life!?
I am really blessed.
What makes a soul saving friend? Someone who truly loves you for you, has seen your worst, has grabbed the broom from your closet without asking and swept up the breakfast you didn't have time to clean up before she came over. The friend that wants your marriage to succeed, no more "he's a royal butt headed loser"(which my husband has never been BTW), but my friend helps me to learn to love my husband better! A friend who will tell you the truth in love for your benefit, after they have taken a lot of time listening to your craziness of a mind unload and after the truth is spoken you feel accepted not judged. A friend who will help you be a better mother, who will encourage your children, and take interest in them. A friend who shares her life with you, her failures, dreams and success. A friend who will give you the warmest hug and ask how you are and when you say "good", they pause and ask again "how are you" and wait for the truth. A friend who looks up your Pinterest account for your pinned recipes to make you what you'd like because your mother is in the hospital. A friend who will pray for you and with you, and share what God has walked them through so you can learn from them, How great our God is. Friends that will let you put on that bikini and sport those bleach white stretch marks and tell you how hot you look! Friends that will ask you, "how is your marriage, how's your heart, how are you finances, how's your diet going?" A friend that will help you keep your eye on the horizon! FRIENDS!
I'm blessed because I have friends like these in my life right now!!!!
From the bottom of my heart, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for being such a loving friend to me. I truly couldn't do life without you!