When I think about all of the adventurous dining experiences I’ve had it brings me a smile that fills my soul and makes my taste buds (and sometimes my whole body) do a little jig. My global food adventures have brought me countless wonderful and exciting memories. Since my memories are so positive, I assumed that everyone else would crave the same experiences. I never once stopped to think about how others might not be so keen to take their taste buds on a road trip. Until I sat across the table in a French cafe from my dear friend, Terri, in England.
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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.
Dear hurting wife, I see you.
I see you because I am you.
I see your despair behind those honest but cleverly crafted Facebook posts.
I see your questions because I, too, have questions.
I see your fears for I, too, battle the all-consuming flames.
I see your utter loneliness while standing in the midst of the crowd.
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.
WHAT 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!
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.
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 (at my age) are all too fleeting these days.
This is about a woman who was sitting in church alone… with tear-stained cheeks and a used up tissue.
This is about a woman who was alone. Until she wasn’t.