Five Minute Friday. | {friend}

My husband says if you have one good horse, one good friend, one good woman and one good dog in life, you have been blessed.

Even in his crass way of speaking at times, I think he isn’t all together wrong.

Sometimes in my life it has felt like I didn’t have “one good friend.” I’ve had seasons of loss and being lost. And then they came. Friends.

Looking back I can see God’s hand so clearly when and where He put people in my life to help lead me out of the darkness and back to Him. Or to Him in the very. first. place.

I saw friendship modeled well in my mother’s life. She had a group of girlfriends that named themselves “The Beach Bunnies.” Funny name, funny group. They had regular GNO’s (that’s “Girls Night Out” for any guys reading this…) and they took an annual trip to the beach. And what happened at the beach…stayed at the beach. (Although the photos did give some of it away…)

I’ve always looked at that group of friends my mom had and envied those relationships in a way. Not so much anymore. 

God has been putting friends in my life from the very beginning and I see that now.

A special friend through high school who helped me get through some tough times and even today if we were together, we would be as comfortable talking as we were 20 years ago.

Friends in college that walked with me through school and guys and losing my mother.

Friends given to me during my years of corporate sales that I still keep up with, because it was the real deal.

A real-life-every-day-in-the-trenches friend that on a good day I get to work out with and everyday we work out life and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

And a new set of online community friends. Some I may never meet. Some I look forward to meeting this fall at She Speaks and Allume. It’s been a treasure to connect with others traveling the same path of motherhood and answering the call to write and speak for His glory. Several of these new friends will be sharing their stories this weekend as we all come together for meet-ups all over the country. That’s exciting stuff. And it’s free. And going on now. Join the fun here!

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And then there is the One friend we all have in common if we choose to accept the friendship. The only Friend that will always be there in His perfect, loving, understanding way.

These lyrics keep playing over in my head, “What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.”

That’s true isn’t it? He is the only one who will never let us down. Who knows our hurts and can actually do something about them.

Women need women. No doubt there. And thank God He puts women in our lives to speak life into us in a way even our best-friend-husbands can’t always do.

We all need Jesus. And in Him we see the example of the perfect friend. The one who gave His life for us all, when we deserved it the least.

That’s a friend worth clinging to, loving on and sharing with our other friends. After all, a real friend wouldn’t keep Him to themselves, would they…?

Your friend in Him,
Meredith

Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and so many other lovelies for today’s Five Minute Friday prompt of {friend.} Head over to her site to read many more wonderful insights from this awesome group of writing friends. 😉

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22 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday. | {friend}

  1. Dropping by from FMF and the Snail Mail party :). I love the community that develops from online chatting and relationships and nudges from our best Friend–he always seems to know just who we need and when we need them :).

  2. Meredith, God has blessed you with a great gift. You have the ability to get to the heart of the message in a way that touches the hearts of those who read your words. So beautiful. Friends are truly a gift of God. Jesus needed friends, and so do we. So thankful I have a new friend in you!

  3. Thank you Meredith for Friday’s post. I’ve had/have many of the same feelings and so uplifting to see you put them into words. Bless you my cousin! Fran

  4. Such a sweet post Meredith. And those pictures! Love. I am really drawn to them and the story they tell. I am so thankful for the friendships in my life. And am thankful to look back and see where God has answered my prayers for friendship. Happy Weekend!

    • Thank you for visiting and for your kind words, Nikki. So glad to have found each other in this blogging world. 😊 And so thankful for the friendships I have been blessed with, as well. Blessings to you this weekend, as well.

  5. I enjoyed this! I struggled finding friends I felt were “kindred spirits” up until a few years ago. My mom and I both began to pray that they Lord would bring me those who fear His name. Now I’m overflowing. But I’m so thankful that He has been a friend through it all.

    • Isn’t it amazing how He provides when we ask? I had done the same thing and now they just. keep. coming. Praise Him! And equally amazing how He provides Himself…thanks for visiting today. xoxo, Meredith

  6. Meredith, I linked up after you and am so glad that I found your blog. Loved reading your words about friendship, especially the part where you reminded us readers about the song “…what a friend we have in Jesus…” I had not thought of that beautiful song. I’ll be back to read more! ❤

  7. LOVE this, Meredith. I feel the same way… That when I look back on my life there were so many times I thought I was alone but can see now how He placed people in my life to bring me through. And these past few months He’s blessed me with so many new friends, both online and in my community. God is SO good.

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