Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things...Psalm 98:1

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Faith and Friendship

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:3-5

Friendship has been crucial to understanding God's love for me.  I don't always make friends easily.  Over the years, my out-going nature has changed.  I find now that I have a husband and kids, my desire to sit around, chatting with other women hasn't been as strong of a desire.  But when God calls me to a season of suffering, when God asks me to wait for Him to do a great thing in my life, when I'm weary and need someone to tell me the truth about who God is, I need a friend.  And God has always provided someone just when I needed it.  

She holds my hand and lets me cry.  She challenges me to seek His face and let go of the need to know "why."  She comforts me with God's love and helps me chase away the doubt and confusion that creep in.  She calls me to more than what's comfortable and easy.  She holds me to my commitments and reminds me of who I am.  She is a vessel that God uses to pour hope into my empty pot.  

It is a wonderful thing to have someone like that.  I'm grateful to God for bring these gals into my life.  


  1. I'm like you; I've discovered that my need for lots of girlfriends has diminished once I married my best friend and had kids who I love to be around.

    But I still need my gal pals too, and I'm so thankful for the precious ones that continue to stick with me through years and the new ones that the Lord continues to send. Thanks for this post reminding me of that.

  2. I am the exact opposite. Once I got married, I realized my great need for my girlfriends. Not that I didn't confide in my husband. I believe my girlfriends should know nothing my husband already doesn't. But they get me. In those places where my husband can't quite figure me out, my girlfriends understand. The moments are few when I get to steal away with them, but I look forward to when I do.

  3. Like you I have been blessed with friends that came along side me during difficult times. God often answers prayers through people he places in our lives.

  4. I am opposite. As much as I love my husband and share my heart with him, I need my girlfriends more. My girlfriends understand things that he doesn't. I love how God does bring friends when we need them to help us!

  5. I'm totally like you. Becoming a mom has made me "talking overload" - my boys are SUPER SUPER talkative. And by the end of my day, I just want to enjoy quietness. That doesn't mean I don't need a close small few of girlfriends. And Katie, what a gem -- this is what I look and pray for -- someone to let go of the need to know "why." while knowing I must keep walking forward when the faith journey gets tough. Thank you for taking the time to join in the faith jam, friend! So nice to meet you... and so special to see us all visiting!