It's so true... and last weekend
I cultivated my friendships with these four beautiful blossoms...
(Sandi • Joan • Nona • Pat • Me)
Our time together was filled with love, laughter, tears and blessing...
as we shared our lives together... past and present...
feasted on God's Word through devotions and Bible meditation...
and prayed for one another with faith and joyful expection!
For me... it was life-changing and I am thankful to have been among them...
and thankful to the Lord who brought us together for such a time as this!
I've been thinking a lot lately about how important our friendships are...
how fragile our girlfriend relationships can be...
and how I want and need to be more diligent to cultivate them in my life!
I thought I'd share with you a devotion from one of my earlier books,
"The Blessing of Friendship"
as it expresses my heart's desire for myself and for you too...
The tending of a friendship garden is no small matter
and not to be taken lightly. Many a beautiful garden
has gone to ruin for lack of proper care.
Here are some tips that may prove helpful in
cultivating your own friendship garden...
Prepare the soil by tilling it with God's unconditional love.
Remove any rocks of judgement or critical attitudes.
Pull out any roots of fear and jealousy.
Destroy the seeds of gossip before they can even take root.
Seeds of friendship may be found most anywhere.
Plant with care, kind words and a listening heart.
Germination is usually spontaneous so be watchful.
To ensure growth...
water with kind deeds and a generous heart.
Make sure you give each friend plenty of room to grow.
Be realistic... don't expect a marigold to smell like a rose.
Fertilize generously with laughter and joy.
Water deeply with tears of empathy and prayer...
to develop healthy roots and a stronger, more stable friendship.
Father God... sometimes we forget how important our friendships
are to You for they are represent some of the most fertile soil in which
You are able to cultivate our hearts and character... and in so doing,
we become bouquets of blessing to bring the fragrance of Christ
to the world! Remind us Father of what a great blessing
friendship was designed to be and help us cultivate the ones we have.