The Blessing of Friendship

 

Friendship is a blessing from the Lord. If you need a friend with a faith background ask the Lord to send you the best one. You may have lots of friends but one or two really close ones. True friendship is not at all like Facebook, though I meet nice people there. It’s not the same as up close and personal, face to face. I have a few Pinterest ones, I am close to.

I have had the opportunity to read so many blogs, they are written by women from different walks of life and different ages. Some have even mentioned that they have had older women as friends or neighbors who have helped them as young couples or parents. Personally, I love that idea. It may have been helpful to me. Someone, like family, but not an actual family member.

Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but teachers of good. In this way they can train the young women to love their husbands and children to be self-controlled, pure, managers of their households, kind, and subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be discredited. Titus 2:4,5

This is a great verse to consider in forming friendships. Women who are not behaving foolishly, not into gossip or judging, and not drunken, are good examples to follow. And marital advice from a Biblical standpoint is acceptable but no one has to be given every detail. Wisdom can teach the fruit of the Spirit, beginning with love and ending with self control. tempers can flare and cause trouble in marriage and communication is the key to keeping that threefold cord with God.

Lots of women are savvy shoppers like me. But even I have had to adjust some things when there are more people to feed. I try to keep the freezer stocked. And it’s nice to have coffee and doughnuts or muffins on occasion. If I visit, I try to take cookies, I have even taken sandwiches or soup. That way you have time to visit without cooking. It’s great if you have children the same age or someone has an older dependable one as a babysitter.

There are also things they can teach you about parenting. Discipline works for one but not another. I have seen some that nothing appears to work on. That’s when you really pray and leave them to the Lord. Especially true of many teenagers, I found art to be a good way to calm a situation.

As for being in subject to the husband, you may know I already think it is an equal partnership, maybe not even 50/50, but 100/100%, and definitely 100% to God, He’s the tie that binds hearts for a lifetime. Men will fall short of being as perfect a husband as Jesus is to the church, but the more they are accountable to Him and rightly divide the Word, the easier for the wife to feel secure and safe. No one wants to get romantic if you are always fighting.

If I sound like a perfect Proverbs 31 woman, I’m not perfect, He is, and as far as visiting and some other things, even praying for others, I have had to cut back I was so overdoing it. I had to rest in His love, so I may not be right up there in Titus 2, but I offer words of encouragement and there is five years of blogging here.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell my readers about the value of friends. But the truest friend is Jesus who is closer that a brother. And even though we may call wisdom our sister, who is wiser than He is? And you may not even be comfortable confiding some things even to a friend or best friend, perhaps there is something holding you back. Something that is a bother to your thinking or a memory too painful to share, share it with Jesus. You never have to ashamed before Him as a believer, He loves you and has forgiven you.  You can tell Him everything, He knows all about marriage and intimacy.

I pray you all have a blessed day, and take a moment to say hello to a friend, and be sure to make time for out best friend of all Jesus, He has taught the blessing of friendship. Rebecca Jones /stock photo…

 

 

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