This is my friend Christy. Isn't she beautiful? She makes me smile every time I think about her.
(And yes, I have a tiara on my head made from foil wire stuff and curling ribbon--it was one of the projects for girls at our church's House Party for Grand Opening a few months ago. And I wasn't about to say no to a tiara of any kind! Though I wish I'd taken it off for the picture because I look kind of dorky, but this is the only picture I have of the two of us.)
This is my friend Christy. She is a gift from God, just for me, and I love her dearly. Our friendship is something special, something we are intentional about. This is the friend I meet for coffee every Friday morning at the Starbucks down the street--for at least an hour and a half, and sometimes right up till lunch.
We drink our lattes (tall nonfat chai for her, tall soy vanilla for me), laugh, cry, pray, and talk about everything under the sun. Somehow our conversations always come full circle and reveal what God is teaching each one of us that week.
Christy inspires me, encourages me, loves me, prays with me and for me, delights me. And I hope I do the same for her.
Our friendship is something special--because we have been intentional about it. Friendship doesn't just happen. Doesn't grow without some time and effort. We clicked when we first met, but we have chosen to be friends, chosen to make our friendship a priority.
There have been times in my life when I've felt lonely, when I've longed for friends face to face. When I've needed the kind of love and support that comes from a girlfriend. And every time I've found that kind of friendship, it has grown because we've been intentional about it.
Talking on the phone. Meeting for coffee. Doing Bible study. Leading Girl Scouts together. Hanging out in each other's homes. Girl weekends. Taking our afternoon walks together. Meeting for lunch. Girls night in.
Friendship is important. We need each other. We can't just wait for it to happen. We have to make it a priority, give it our time. Too often it feels like we fit friendship in when and where there's room. But I'm not sure that really works. We have to be more intentional for friendship to grow and thrive. It doesn't happen by chance.
What do you and your girlfriends do to make your friendship a priority?