About a week ago, I had breakfast with some friends I have known since high school; some even before that. I suppose you can say that what brought us together was college. But, in reality, it was God who was orchestrating everything so that we would all end up in the same apartment during a very brief season in our lives.
We didn’t all know each other well during that time. And, we didn’t always get along even after getting to know each other better. There were ups. And sadly, there were downs. Eight very different, strong-willed women did not always result in a happy household. But we had one thing in common: Jesus Christ.
Through it all, Christ was the one who drew us closer to one another and to Himself.
Now, many years later, we still get together. Not for all-night cramming sessions. Not for study groups at the library. Not for middle-of-the-night trips to the store because we became experts at procrastinating.
By God’s grace, He has allowed us to stay connected, sharing some of the trials and triumphs of motherhood and holding one another up in prayer.
Being a mom is a rewarding role in so many ways. There are more than enough blogs and websites that can attest to that. But the reality is that there are also many struggles and heartaches that come with being a mother.
I remember a time when I had two kids. This was when I first shared my struggles with my friends, and I was fearful of what they would think of me. Surely, no other mother went through what I did. Every mom I knew seemed to have it all together.
But, of course, that’s not true at all. And, my friends assured me that they all have similar struggles. Moreover, they gave me some words of encouragement and prayed for me.
How important it is for us to know we are not alone! How precious it is to have a friend come alongside you during your trials!
What is a true friend to you?
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