“A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17
|EIU Fab 5--"The Girls"|
|Good 'Ole EIU|
That was in 1992, so now we’ve all known each other for over 20 years! Wow, I don’t feel that old. Since graduating from college, we each went our own ways pursuing our own paths in life, and yet we’ve made it a priority to keep in touch--just the 5 of us. In order to stay close and nurture our friendships, we decided that we were going to get together at least once a year. With bachelorette parties, weddings, baby showers, girls’ weekends and our "just because" gatherings, we’ve done really well. Sometimes we see each other more, sometimes less, but we always make it a point to see each other. Why? Because we value our friendships and we know how rare these types of friendships can be!
|"George" and "Alfred"--the best napping combo!|
|Yes, our porch swing was that high up...it was awesome!|
late night partying--I mean studying, roommate night outs, our spontaneous trip to Memphis, our quote wall, all the inside jokes, and I could go on and on. I love each of these girls. I love that they have seen me at my best and at my worst and love me anyway. In fact, I love this quote by Elbert Hubbard that says, “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” I love that each of them has moved on to do some incredible things with their lives. I love that I have a special and different relationship with each of them. I love that we have chosen to be a part of each other’s lives and that we are intentional about getting together no matter what obstacles are in the way.
I am so grateful for these 5 friends as well as many amazing friends I’ve met along the way. I am so thankful that God puts friends in our lives to encourage and to be encouraged by, to love and to be loved by, to grow with, to change with, to cry with, to be with, to laugh with. God blesses our lives with friendships. I love that in John 15:12-13 Jesus says,
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus values friendships. Friendships have purpose. Friendships have meaning. Jesus tells us that friendships are important, so we need to nurture those friendships that are significant to us.
Who are your closest friends? How do you let your friends know that you value them? Do you take time out of your busy schedule to let your friends know how important they are to you? This week, I pray that you will take the time to let a friend or two know what a blessing that they are in your life. In this day of instant communication, there is no reason not to be able to accomplish this. God puts these friends in our lives on purpose, for a purpose and for His purpose, so please take a minute right now to send them a note, a card, a phone call, a text, an email, a facebook message, a tweet, or all of the above and tell them how important they are to you and how thankful that you are that God has placed them in your life! Thank God for friends!
Dedicated to my EIU girls! Thank you for being my forever friends! Thank you for the hilarious memories. Thank you for loving me and being there for me no matter what. I love you, girls!