I gave up social media for 21 days while PB was on vacation. My goal (besides not logging in to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and WordPress) was to find blog-worthy meaning in each day.
On Day 9, we bid farewell to Cub 5. She returned home to Kentucky with many new experiences and stories about her time in the DMV!
Later that evening, I had dinner with some girlfriends. These were not just any girlfriends, but my married girlfriends. These were not just my married girlfriends, but my married church girlfriends. Now, I can be known to hold back on forming friendships within the church because I don’t always know the intentions of others. Are you trying to get close to my husband? Are you trying to get some type of inside scoop on my family? Are you going to take what I share and turn it into your own form of gossip? I’ve had experiences with them all unfortunately. However, sometimes I just pray about it, take a step of faith, and end up forming God-orchestrated friendships that are so fulfilling and long-lasting. These ladies have managed to knock down every wall I’ve tried to build up, and I’m thankful that they don’t let me stay behind my little wall. We went to Coconut Joe’s, a great family-friendly restaurant on the water. We talked and laughed and ate and laughed and talked until our poor waitress just stopped coming by our table! It was exactly what we all needed!
So, here’s what I learned…
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17) I so get that scripture now! I left dinner that night feeling renewed and uplifted! We spoke words of encouragement into each of our marriages. We are holding each other responsible for keeping God first and our husbands second. We are not perfect, nor do we have perfect marriages, but we recognize that God has blessed us with wonderful men and our marriages will continue to grow stronger! We are better together!
Surround yourself with people who are where you want to be, where you are, and where you’ve been. Sometimes you need people in your life who will encourage you and speak the truth in love. Sometimes, you may need to be the person doing the encouraging and speaking the truth in love. Either way, let’s all continue to sharpen each other!