A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a difficult time.
Friends are so important - especially to us women. We need to share our hearts with each other and know we have a safe place to share. This is especially important when we're hurting. Our friends can give us HOPE and, if we have a friend that's especially close, that friend can be more like a sister. Our sisters are there for us in difficult times and stand by us in times of real trouble. They love us when we feel unlovable and make us feel okay when we are in a pit of heartache.
It's important to be that kind of friend, too. I'm learning this more and more as I go through the heartaches of life. When we need that kind of a friend, we want to be that kind of a friend. I want to be that kind of friend. I am working on reaching out more to the women in my life. I'm an introvert by nature and it's not easy for me to reach out. I really want to reach out, but I'm not always sure how. The thing I'm realizing is it's just important to reach out. Reach out in kindness but just reach out!
Like myself, my friends need HOPE, too. They need to know that I care about them. It can be a simple as a text saying I care or as elaborate as making a meal for her family. The important thing is to let our friends know we care. We don't always know what our friends are going through. I found that out the hard way this week when a friend contacted me and I found out she has been going through a very hard situation. I felt so bad because I didn't know before but so glad she let me know now! I love this friend so much and I want to be a sister to her, too. I want to pray for her, be there for her and bring her the HOPE of Jesus.
I have other friends that aren't going through things, but I'm working on keeping in touch with them, too. I have one friend that I'm emailing, another I'm texting, and another I call. It doesn't matter how we nurture our relationships, we just need to do it! Some friends are harder to get to know than others. Some of my friends are introverts, like me. I'm sure some of the people I know would say I'm hard to get to know and they would be right! It's not that I don't want them to know me, I'm just the way I am. I'm trying to be better about this, too, as it gives me HOPE to have these women in my life.
I encourage you to nurture your friendships or make new friendships. It gives us so much HOPE to have women we can share with!
Blessings - Julie