Throughout my life I have greatly struggled having friends. There have been a few that I thought would be lifelong, and I found I was sadly mistaken. I have a couple friends that I am blessed to be able to pick up the phone, no matter how long it’s been and it’s like time has been standing still. I am so grateful for these friends. These days I am also thankful for social media and the fellow bloggers that I’ve been blessed to meet that have become true friends, like sisters even.
So lately I’ve been wondering about this relationship. I know I’m not alone in wondering why we as women struggle with this. Two particular questions have me pondering this relationship.
What is it about friendship that makes it difficult?
Why are there so many women struggling through life’s difficulties with no godly women to walk beside them?
Women which are so very relational (typically, though not always) tend to pull back and walk through life alone. For many different reasons…..fear of being hurt, imperfection, no time, etc. Yet there is fun, freedom and strength found in this relationship if women would just remember a few things when building a friendship.
5 Things to Remember in Friendship
1. Friendship requires selflessness.
~ It can’t be all about you, your struggles, joys, etc.
~ You have to be willing to put your friend before yourself at times.
2. Friendship requires being real.
~ You can’t build a relationship being fake.
~ You must be willing to open up and reveal your imperfections.
3. Friendship requires grace.
~ Each of us struggle in different areas and in unique ways, we must be willing to accept each other just as God created us.
~ We all have diverse pasts, and we don’t know how we would handle the circumstances our friends faced.
4. Friendship requires forgiveness.
~ We’re all human and make mistakes.
~ As women we tend to be emotional and our feelings get hurt easily. We must not allow our feelings to get in the way. As friends we need to give each other the benefit of the doubt.
5. Friendship requires commitment.
~ Just like in marriage, in friendship you’re needed to be there through the good times and the bad.
~ Sometimes a friend’s listening ear is all we need.
True friends are rare, so be sure that when you’re blessed with one that you remember “Stay Real Girl Friend Constantly”.
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