"If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" - Ecclesiastes 4:10
I had an amazing weekend retreat away with a few friends I call my prayer group. This weekend was filled with prayers, worship, laughs, fun, snack-y food and secret hurts and desires shared. It was a time of fun, relaxation, little sleep, but most of all a worship time.
As I am still basking in all that God did to confirm and affirm what He had put in our hearts. He also impressed on me the importance of these particular women in my life.
Now, I am sure you are getting the impression we have such a close bond because of our years of friendship and ability to trust one another, right? Well, that is NOT AT ALL how it has happened! That is the crazy good God part!! I will not go into my book long details (hopefully), but I actually have only known 1 of this group long term and that was just on an acquaintance basis and a shared faith. One other were mutual friends thru business and got to know her love for Jesus. Another, I met spring 2016 at a prayer meeting but instantly felt her genuineness of spirit. The other two, I was formerly introduced to this weekend!! We come from 3 different churches too. See...not what you were thinking is it?!
BUT, we will forever be bonded in a very special way because of what God did in our midst this weekend as we came together to worship Him. God orchestrated this group to be at this particular place in time for a bigger purpose.
The GOD-sent FRIEND is a must have for us women seeking to live a life for God. This is the friend who is also desiring more and is willing to share what God asks them too. The friend who is willing to encourage you, but just as willing to call you out when needed! A friend who is DEEPLY-ROOTED in Christ and will always be in line with the Word of God as they love on you and support you.
Simply stated, this God-sent friend is one who loves JESUS first, and values His opinion, even above her friendship with you. When JESUS is #1 in her life, the love she has for us will be an overflow from Him!
This friend doesn't always have to be the one you do lunch with each week, but she is the one that we can call on in the middle of the night if need be. She may run in your life circles of kids activities or mutual friendships, or she may be an empty nester you only see when plans are made to meet up. She, or THEY will look different for each of us, but equally important to our walk of faith and our confidence to be able to continue the race and finish well.
I hope as you read this, a name and face come to mind quickly because you have THAT friend(s). If you do, text her now and let her know how thankful you are for her!
If you read this wishing you had someone like this in your life, PRAY! Pray to meet this friend soon. God will honor a heart that asks Him for more of Him! You begin to pray and be constantly open and aware to the women in your life now and the ones you will encounter in the days ahead. She will come! She may not look anything like the wise older lady you have pictured. Let the shine from their lives be the first thing you notice. When you see Jesus shining thru her life consistently, move in closer. God will reveal to you if she is one of these friends for you. I promise He will!
As women, relationships are part of who we are. They help us to love ourselves and to love others. Our choice of friends are important.
Hoping you find your GOD sent friend(s) soon and if you already have your tribe of God-sent friends, it is time to meet up again...call 'em!
Father God, I ask you today to bless each gal reading this today. I am lifting her life and influence as a godly woman up to you today! I ask you to put God-sent friends and mentors in her path today and in each different season she encounters. Please use other women to build her up and bless her. Help her to feel your love thru the women you place in her life to help guide her to a deeper relationship with you! Thank you already for the God-sent relationships that are about to be formed! Amen