How wonderful is it to be surrounded by Godly women? I have come to realize over the past year that the right friends make all the difference in the world when it comes to my mental and emotional security. In the past, I had several acquaintances and friends that behaved in a way that wasn’t very uplifting. I would ride that roller coaster of moodiness and self-focus that propels the world today. And sometimes I would be blindsided by the dips that came along in life. Unfortunately, my friends seemed to take delight in watching me fall. The relationships I have with my Christ centered girlfriends are completely different. Knowing that someone had your back is such a humbling experience. Authenticity is a rare yet often sought after quality that these women possess. Their strength makes me stronger. And, in turn, I want to be a more genuine and sincere person myself.
I always thought that I didn’t really need the fellowship of believers that the bible always talks about, I was wrong. Ultimately, God is all I need, but a few good friends along the way certainly makes life more bearable. If we don’t have someone to lift us up in prayer or answer the inevitable faith questions that come when the trials of life come, those troubled times can be that much more unbearable.
I want to focus my attention on the Lord and his kingdom these days and I find it so much easier when I surround myself with sisters in Christ. We share a common goal, a common dream. We understand that the world may ridicule us or mock us, and we gratefully accept that fate together. We strive to share God’s word with the “least of these”. We help each other process the difficult times with tears and love. And we don’t feel the compulsion to fib about our lives to impress the others. It would be great if all my relationships could be as healthy, but they aren’t. And when the world creeps in, I sometimes want to shut myself away.
I know that God doesn’t want us to seclude ourselves away from the world and never have contact with unbelievers. We are supposed to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations and that’s really hard to so when you are holed up in a cave waiting for the second coming. But while we are here struggling with the real issues of this world, knowing that you have a network of firm believers that have your back is exhilarating! The difference in my life since I have started associating with others of similar calling is fantastic. I don’t mean there is no diversity in our group, we are different ages, occupations, and races, but we share a love of Christ that is contagious.
Being a Christian doesn’t have to be boring, stern, or mirthless. Laughing with a sister and sharing the goodness of fellowship, is a blessing that I wish more Christians would experience. If everyone could see the JOY we have together, everyone would want the same. It is possible to have close friends in a world that seeks to tear is apart. Embrace those around you and experience the glory of godly fellowship.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.