What would women do without their friends and mentors? I was once a very introverted person. It was hard for me to make friends, especially female friends. I am more driven and independent than most women, so it was much easier for me to be around men. They don't back stab and they are fun to be around. It wasn't until I matured that I realized that female friends could be a vital part of my walk with Jesus.
If you are young and single, I would encourage you to find a mentor. Someone that can help guide you through the difficult times in your spiritual walk. If you are married, look for someone older that has gone through the highs and lows of marriage and child rearing. Once you have accomplished that, get into a group of women you can trust to help you through life. They will be invaluable.
For years, I just liked to be on my own. Over the years, I have learned that being there for others is far more important to God, than wearing my mask. I have also learned that having prayer warriors around me is the greatest gift you could ever have. The great thing about good friends is that they don't have to know your circumstances to want to be with you; they almost sense when you need them and they just show up. During my recent loss, God sustained me. I also know that my friends were praying for God to give me strength and comfort. You just can't hide from the ones that love you. I thank God for that every day.
Life is hard. There will be many disappointments and failures along the way. You will shed many tears, laugh until your stomach hurts, and pray until you don't think you can pray anymore. This is all part of our journey to find our purpose, to love others and to know Jesus more. I wouldn't want to miss a minute and either should you.
I want to make one thing clear though, Christ is your best friend. You can always call on him and he will answer. Even if you don't have good friends, He is near. Friends are given to us so that we may know the full love he has for us. But never forget, Christ is sufficient.
Philemon 1:4-7 NIV states:
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the saints.
That's what happens when we lift each other up. Get out there so God can use you to lift someone up today!
My prayer today:
Oh Lord, how wonderful You are! Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and giving us the ability to be there for others. You teach us to love everyday and to never grow weary. You give us the strength and the intuition to know when someone needs us and when we listen; You send us. There is no one like You. Fill our minds with You today. We will praise You and lift up all those that need You. Give us a heart for Your people and the willingness to step out in faith. Help women to become mentors and good friends and through it all, guide our path and help us to be ready for the call! Finally, thank You for reminding us that You are all we need and yet, You loved us enough to provide people who can comfort and pray for us. We love You LORD! Grow us today. Amen