I’ve spent a lot of time over the years talking about the importance of friendship. This past weekend I was reminded once again about just how important it really is.
Last Saturday our church sponsored a Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore. On Friday night the ladies of my church spent the evening enjoying dinner with each other, and then on Saturday we were together from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. During this time I got to spend a lot of precious time with my closest friends from church. This group of ladies mean the world to me and being able to look across the table and see their smiling faces and hear their laughter did my heart a world of good.
“To affirm a person is to see the good in them that they cannot see in themselves and to repeat it in spite of appearances to the contrary.”
Brennan Manning (The Furious Longing of God)
Mrs. Moore’s teachings were focused on how to become a woman of God. She covered a lot of areas of friendship including how we need girlfriends in our lives to share our joy with. “A woman’s joy is not the same without girlfriends to share it with,” she said. In fact, we can trace our low joy meters back to not having people to rejoice with. We spend so much unnecessary time competing with one another. We compare our lives to others and our insecurity causes us to become hypersensitive and jealous.
Instead, what we need to be doing is sharing our successes and becoming each others biggest cheerleaders. We need to affirm the good in our friends, and help them see the areas of their lives that are beautiful and have great potential.
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Friendship with other women can be such a blessing. When we choose to trade our insecurities for love, we have the opportunity to bring about a much needed healing to all our friendships. Jesus says, you are woman enough to use your power of words to bring life, so let’s be women who do just that!
At the end of the simulcast on Saturday I was able to experience this for myself as I stood face to face with my beautiful friend. Holding hands, we prayed the following words (and more) over each other. You are my sister. I’ll cheer you on. I will support you and love you. Let’s do this thing side by side. We’re so much stronger together. People out there need what you have to offer.
It was an experience that I will never forget. As I looked into my friend’s eyes I was able to see a pure, unadulterated love that comes from a relationship with Christ, and as the tears poured down her face, and we prayed those words together, I also felt our love for each other and the joy from having such a blessed friendship. We truly are woman enough. You, my friend are woman enough.