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Be the Friend You Want to Have

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Be the Friend You Want to Have

I am honored to share my thoughts as a regular contributor to TheCourage.com. I hope you’ll read the rest of this post over there and check out so many other great words of encouragement by a variety of great writers. It’s the internet’s new “happy place”.

 

Be the Friend You Want to Have

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV

I’ve gotten it backward for many years. I’m just shy of 50 years old and I think God has finally gotten through to helping me understand how this whole friendship thing works.

I need to be the friend I want to have.

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What kind of friend are you?

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What kind of friend are you?

I am completely honored and grateful to have been included in Maple Alps’ incredible 15-week interview series, #WomenOfIntention16. Being a woman of intention hasn’t always been a focus for me. A lot of my life has been about doing the next thing that seemed right by the rule book and honored God but living daily with intentionality in specific areas wasn’t something I considered with much depth. In my wiser years, however, and with a feeling of not having time to squander, being intentional has become very much of a priority as well as a necessity.

Here’s an excerpt from my post entitled “Women of Intention: Friendships“. I hope you’ll click on the “read more” link to read the entire post and share your thoughts here or on Maple Alps, or on the EPFH Facebook page, on the topic of being intentional in your friendships. Please share this post if you enjoyed it or found it helpful. Using the #WomenOfIntention16 will help us spread encouragement to women all over the globe to make living their lives of intention a priority.


Intentionality in FriendshipsWHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH INTENTIONALITY IN THIS AREA OF THEIR LIFE?

If you’re struggling to find friends or keep friends, take a look at the kind of friend you are. Be the kind of friend you want to have. Grasping this in my life was such a turning point. Take a look at the kind of people you are hanging around with. Someone once told me that we become like the 5 people we hang around with the most. Who do you want to become? Narrow your focus to finding those 5 people or those 5 types of people. If we are constantly looking for others to come to us, to fill us rather than the focus being on us filling others then we will likely live unfulfilled and disappointed. We should make the effort to become someone we would like if we expect others to like us too. Simply profound.

Be the friend you want to have. History has proven to me that in doing so, friends will find you!

Click here to read the post in its entirety.

Click here to see a listing of titles in the entire series.

 

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Be sure to spend some time perusing Maple Alps‘ site. Amanda is an accomplished communicator and encourager. I think you will find her lifestyle blog quite fun and  refreshing.

Things That Make Sense in a Nonsensical World

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Things That Make Sense in a Nonsensical World

When we ponder the times we live in today compared to the times of yore, we live in a place with more chaos, more complexity and more choices. While some of that can be good, it brings with it plenty of nonsense. Life really was simpler back in the day. (When you say “back in the day”, that’s how you know you’re old.) Things are not simple now. In my somewhat nonsensical world, I thought I might jot down a few things that make sense. It helps to put a positive spin on what is often overwhelmingly negative.

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Saturday Share 2.13.16 #LINKUP {Focus: Words With Friends}

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Saturday Share 2.13.16 #LINKUP {Focus: Words With Friends}

Yeah, I’ve missed a few weeks on this Saturday Share business. God has had other plans for my weekends and I’m okay with that. I love doing this post each week but I’m also all about that grace and I hope you are too. This week I’m choosing to share with you the good words that some of my blogging friends have been posting this week. Grab your coffee and prepare to be blessed.

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Ask for help. Be the help. – Guest Post by Kristin Burke

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Ask for help. Be the help. – Guest Post by Kristin Burke

I’m thrilled to share this piece with you from my cyber friend, Kristin, from The Lackadaisical Mom. She is a gifted writer and her blog is awesome. Be sure to check it out. We’re in a writing group together and have interacted on that forum. I’m always so honored (and slightly amazed) when someone trusts me enough to share their heart words in my space. She mentioned to me that this is a message that is important to her and she wanted as many heart eyes to see it as possible. Of course, I’m happy to share. That’s what EPFH is all about!

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100th Post!!! A Reflection of Smiles

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100th Post!!! A Reflection of Smiles

On March 4, 2015, this blog was officially birthed. I’m not sure I smiled out of fear of being vulnerable but I’m quite sure God smiled. And He has continued to smile over us here at EPFH throughout the last 99 posts. This is post 100. Wow! Immeasurable blessings!

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Friday Five – Quotes That Challenge & Inspire Me

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Friday Five – Quotes That Challenge & Inspire Me

In putting this piece together on my favorite quotes, I thought, “This should be easy. I have SO many good quotes to choose from!” Then I thought, “This is going to be hard. I have SO many good quotes to choose from!!”

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That Time I Went To A Party In Jen Hatmaker’s Backyard

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That Time I Went To A Party In Jen Hatmaker’s Backyard

goldenticketlaunchpartyI’ve mentioned here before that I was blessed to be on the launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s latest book, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. One day, someone on the team threw out the “what if we had a party to celebrate the launch and what if we had it at Jen’s house” idea. And Jen said (not her exact words), “Sure!! Come on over, all 500 of you. Why not?? We’ll get food and margaritas and ice tea and chat for a few hours in my back yard. Oh and we’ll take lots of selfies!” And the party planning began.

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FOR THE LOVE: The Birth of a Book Baby!

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FOR THE LOVE: The Birth of a Book Baby!

It’s like Jen Hatmaker has given birth with the help of 500 doulas and we’re all screaming, “WEHADABABYITSABOOK!” And I’m here to tell you that this baby is about to be “ON THE BEAM”. You’ll get that when you start reading the book.

TODAY IS THE DAY!! AUGUST 18TH!!
THE DAY WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!
THE BIRTH OF JEN HATMAKER’S BOOK BABY!!!

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This Is the Church

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This is the Church

This is the Church.

Forgive me for taking pictures during church but it was a sacred moment that I had to permanently capture. It needed to be more than a mental memory because those memories are all too fleeting these days (at my age).

{Given the times we live in, I’m sure someone will notice the skin color represented in the photo. This is not about skin color at all. Honestly, I didn’t even notice that until after I’d taken the picture.}

What this is about, though, is a woman who was sitting in church alone… with tear-stained cheeks and a used up tissue.

This is about a woman who was brave enough to come to church alone with a hurting heart. I wonder if she thought she shouldn’t even come. I wonder if she knew she had to come. Because that’s where hurting hearts should go.

This is about another woman who was sitting comfortably with her husband. She noticed the woman sitting in church alone, crying alone. She moved without hesitation from her comfortable spot to sit beside her.

Maybe she knew why the woman was crying, maybe she didn’t. Maybe she knew who the woman was, maybe she didn’t. But she knew something. She knew she was alone and she noticed her tears. She scooted up beside her in a way that proved she had no other choice.

More than her mere act of companionship, she shared her own tears with her and never took her arm from around her shoulder.

No one should have to sit alone in church. No one should have to cry alone in church. Or anywhere, for that matter.

I wonder if the broken woman thought about not even coming that morning, but I bet she’s glad she did.

This is love.

This is community.

This is the Church.

The Church may not be perfect but She is good.

“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.

Let’s see how inventive we can be in ENCOURAGING LOVE AND HELPING OUT, NOT AVOIDING WORSHIPING TOGETHER AS SOME DO BUT SPURRING EACH OTHER ON,

especially as we see the big Day approaching.”
~Hebrews 10:25