Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Answered Prayer

For so long, I struggled with the feeling of loneliness. Not in all situations, as I am not at all lonely in my marital relationship. My husband and I enjoy a wonderful marriage. I also have an amazing mother that is there for me in everything. But a girl still needs her girlfriends. I've blogged before about feeling as if I didn't have any really close friends - ones I could call on for anything. My best friend growing up (who is and always will be like family to me) is on the other side of the country almost and my other bestie is in northern Florida. I don't see or talk to either one as often as I'd like and I honestly didn't have any friends close to my age that lived nearby. I am part of an amazing church full of incredible Godly women but I still just hadn't found friends that felt close enough to tell anything to - - - until now.

God has blessed my life with some incredible women who each have amazing spirits. He has answered a prayer that I have prayed multiple times and a prayer that has been on my heart for a few years. I never expected that 7 or 8 weeks ago, I would be able to call this group of women by best friends but I can honestly say that's what they've become.

When I look at how we interact with one another, I honestly have never been a part of a more God-honoring friendship than what we have between us. Not only do we study the Bible together, we pray together and for each other. We intercede like crazy on one another's behalves. We "break bread" together (meaning we stuff our faces every Monday together-lol!). We bear each other's burdens so that the tough times of life are easier to handle because we have each other. We rejoice with each other in our celebrations. And though it might be tough at times, we are blatantly honest with one another. This is exactly how the Bible tells us to do life together and that's how we do it...every day. 

I know without a doubt that these girls will be there when I need them. I can call on any of them at any time and I know that they will come to my aid either by prayer or physically dropping what they are doing and coming. And I would do the same for each of them. 

I'm also extremely grateful for a husband who is happy that I've found this group of girls to share our lives with. They're crazy but he loves them and actually enjoys having them over. The two of us have grown so much in the Lord this year. He is teaching us new things every day and is chiseling away the junk that is not of Him. Sometimes that chisel hurts - but it is necessary for growth in Him. At the beginning of the year, we felt like this year was going to be different than the rest in so many ways: spiritually, financially, physically. We're already seeing big changes and we're ready for anything God has in store for us. 

Without a doubt, I have a loooooong way to go before I am anywhere NEAR where I want to be in the Lord, but I'm working on it every day. But words cannot express how grateful I am for this one answered prayer He has seen fit to bless me with. He is a great God - - - none can describe. 

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These girls were the answer to my prayer! 

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