Ahhh it’s good to be home. So far we are thoroughly enjoying all the happenings here in Florida. I had a wonderful (to say the least) visit with my dear friend Kaitlyn. I am blessed with very wonderful women in my life and she is definitely at the top of the list. It was great to just kick back and relax with her. One thing that is beautiful about our friendship is how we can do absolutely nothing together and it be the best time. We talk about all the intimate details of each others lives, including marriage, our relationship with Christ, and everything in between, and we laugh hysterically. It’s vital for women to share this kind of relationship with each other and I praise God I have this kind of friendship. I’ve been listening to Beth Moore at Oneplace.com and she has a short series on Wise friendships and she talks about the importance of woman having exactly what I just described with at least one other woman in your life. Sometimes it can be difficult for females to let their guard down with other females and have a trustworthy relationship. There are some pretty catty gals out there ya know! But once you have met another woman who is a believer and you share a connection together I highly recommend you open your heart up to one another. Be transparent, bond, be there for each other emotionally. We really can’t depend entirely on our men to meet our every emotional need and that’s why we need our girlfriend(s).
I looked up some verses about friendship and found the following. I would confidently say that these apply to CLOSE friends. Not just someone you hang out with or talk to on occasion and share nothing real or intimate. To be a REAL friend you must be open, honest, and transparent at all times. You can not build a good friendship with surface level information. If you form those kinds of friendships you are missing out on the benefits that true friendship can give.
Proverbs 18:24 NIV
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 27:17 NIV
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Here are the pictures from Gainesville with my sweet girlfriend Kaitlyn. I have more to come with some of my other cherished moments with other wonderful girlfriends as well. 😉