Tuesday, July 23, 2013

friendship & sisterhood

Praying over Janice before her wedding …one of the sweetest moments of our friendship.

Yesterday afternoon I had a facetime date with one of my dear friends, Ketura. Over the summer we’ve made it a priority to have regular facetime dates and I’m so thankful for that. Her accountability challenges me and her pure heart for God spurs me on. Later on in the afternoon, I was able to have a skype date with one of my best friends, Janice. Even though she was just here to visit a couple of weeks ago, we talked and laughed to catch up on the past two weeks. Like Ketura, she challenges and encourages me constantly. We can be totally silly together and at other times have such meaningful conversation. These friendships were orchestrated by Christ and have remained rooted in Him.

After talking with these two girls, it got me thinking about friendship. More specifically about godly friendships that are really more like a sisterhood. I can truly say that having a few godly friends has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. These girls have pushed me to know Christ more. They have encouraged me when I’m discouraged. They have listened to me share my heart. They have prayed with me and for me. They have talked with me about Jesus. They have worshipped God with me. They have kept me accountable. They have pointed me to Christ always. These deep friendships take effort and intention (especially since two of my best friends live in a different state), but they are so worth it. I want to encourage you to invest in the friendships in your life…

plan skype and/or facetime dates

send encouraging texts

write handwritten letters

have coffee dates

pray specifically for each other

pray with each other

talk about what you’re learning in the Word

always point back to Christ

I’m just so grateful to have Christ-centered friendships. They are absolutely worth the investment. So I encourage you to be intentional with the girls you’ve been blessed with.

And just because one wedding photo wasn’t enough…

js19Photo credit: Jarmon Photography


Gina Alyse said...

Oh, these type of friendships are the best! The wedding photos are so beautiful too! I love the type of friendships I found while I was in college and I'm so grateful for being able to grow in Christ with the girls at my school. I also can't wait to grow deeper with them and be more intentional with my relationships.

What a great post :) I hope you and your friends are having a great week!

xo, gina

Iris said...

How sweet to have a friend to still find time for you even though she is married....sadly that does not happen often....understandable but not nice. I want to be there for my friends...even if I am married!


Sarah said...

Absolutely love this Samantha, it reminded me of the ladies like this I have in my life!

Allison said...

Such a sweet post!! These friendships are definitely ones to treasure. :)

Ameera said...

What a great post! Speaking of Skype/Facetime dates would you like to set one up while I'm back in the States? I would love to hear about what's been going on with you the past year :)

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