The three of us enjoyed a delicious dinner and lots of chatter. As our taste buds were treated to some vegetarian victuals, we soaked in the precious time together, fully aware that it is an all-too infrequent treat to be with girlfriends. To switch hats from “girlfriend” to “football mom”, Erika had to leave shortly after our triad shared a dessert together (pineapple sorbet over coconut caramel, surrounded by pineapple and mango salsa and miniature apple pastries).
Cheryll and I relocated to the Starbucks across the street for some cozy conversation in over-sized, plump purple chairs. As she ordered her Pumpkin Spice Latte, I shared my finite Starbucks wisdom with her and suggested the “no foam” option (smartly shared with moi by my friend Lysa) so that she could enjoy more of the actual latte. (Neither Cheryll nor I claim to have much “Starbucks Savvy”, so we felt rather special adding the “no foam” request.)
Earlier yesterday, I spent a few treasured hours with my friend Lucille shopping at Trader Joe’s and enjoying a quick lunch at Jules Organic Thin Crust. A few days ago, my friend Heather and I talked for an hour about special, enduring friendships that we want to nourish so reverently and carefully before the Lord.
As Cheryll and I sat talking last evening in Starbucks, I quietly thanked the Lord for serendipitous, sweet, honest and refreshing friendships. My heart is so very thankful for the friendships He has given me as gifts. Reverently before Him with a deeply grateful heart, I want to take the time to nourish and cultivate the friendships He has given me. Whether they are sprouting friendships or deeply rooted ones that have weathered decades, I truly care about each one so dearly. If we are blessed with seeing each other once a week, once a month or once a year, I want to honor Him by caring for the friendships He has given me as He leads.
As we mutually care for our relationships in such a way to honor Him, family becomes friends and friends become family. Treasure the treasures He has given you. Pray. Make a phone call. Send a hand-written card. Nourish. Cultivate. Water.
Is the Lord putting it on your heart to reach out to someone in friendship? Maybe even someone who seems like they are “fine” and doesn’t need another friend? Listen to His still, small voice. Reach out. Don’t squash the Spirit…a beautiful friendship may blossom.
My dear girlfriends, I love you and care about you deeply. I am humbly blessed and thankful for each one of you. My prayer is that I honor Him with our relationship. For His glory.