At the beginning of 2017 I created a bucket list that I am trying to accomplish by the end of the year. One of them was to take Polaroids of all the people I adore. I've started getting quite a few so I was thinking, why not share them with you all!
These two ladies have been beside me through so much. Their hearts for the people of YA are what makes the group the way it is. I call Lauren our YA Momma, because of this huge love she has for every single person that has walked into her home. Kaitlin has such a gift for being organized and that ability really helps the YA group stay on task and involved in outreaches. These ladies are simply amazing in a multitude of things.
Each and every single one of these people are an answered prayer in not only my life but the lives of others. If you happen to see them around, give them a high-five and tell them how much you love & appreciate them. Next week I'll have even more lovely people in my life to share with you all.
Like most people who embark into their 20's, I adore the friends I grew up with but am learning that we all have our own ways of living our lives.
Anyone know what I am talking about?
It is almost as though the older you get the harder it is to have friends that are running the race towards God alongside you, friends that uplift you, friends that check in on you almost daily, and friends that challenge you to do more-to be more.
Ya know, when I was in high school a leader in the youth group told us, "show me your friends and I'll show you your future." In other words, the people you choose to surround yourself with really impact your life- the way you live it, the decisions you make, and the way you react to certain situations. The people you surround yourself with can either help you with your walk with God or hinder it. So surrounding yourself with the good Godly friends is truly important. After all, God didn't call us to walk alone. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 he says this:
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Some of you may be reading this thinking to yourself, "Well great. I don't really have friends and now scripture is saying I am in 'real trouble'. How reassuring..."
But no worries! I've been looking into this topic a lot more recently and I think I found some scriptures that may give us some wisdom on this topic.
What exactly is a 'bad friend' according to scripture?
I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. -1 Corinthians 5:11
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character. -1 Corinthians 15:33
Violent people mislead their companions,
So what should I look for when it comes to a Godly friendship?
A friend is always loyal,
Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. -Proverbs 27:9
Lastly, pray about this to God and He will give you the friends that you need in life. I'll be praying alongside you and for you.
Have a great week, loves!
I am so glad you stopped by. I cannot wait to hear from you!