Friday, January 14, 2011

Caffeinated Randomness - You Gotta Have Friends


These last few weeks when I have been able to read your lovely blogs there seems to be a theme where many of you have expressed your pain over freindships lost or the lack thereof.  This has just broken my heart for many of you.  During a recent Babes' session with Beth Moore, she spoke about the circles of relationships we all have.  The two I am going to focus on today are 3 and 1.  

Beth (I hope that I can call her that, she seem like a lady who wouldn't mind), spoke about  Jesus' 3 - Peter, James and John.  They were the 3 that went with him to the Transfiguration and Getheseme.  They were his confidents, his support, his possee.

I have this group of 3 in my life.  Well actually, a group of 4 lovely ladies who I meet with each week - My Babes.  The 5 of us may never have actually gotten together on our own, but God had plans for us.  We met each other originally as neighbours, community coordinators, through play groups and through other acquaintances.  When I first moved into the community 3 years ago, I did not know any of these ladies.  They have now become my Sisters.  


When I think of each of them, I actually think of them in the family dynamic.  Tracy is our older sister with the amazing wardrobe that you just want to raid.  She also has such an amazing love of God and His wisdom and quiet and gentle spirit pour out of her.  Andrea is the next oldest, even though she is younger than me.  She is the the smart one.  She has a love of knowledge and encourages each of us in our studies and our lives.  She is often the first person I think of when I need prayer or support or need to talk to someone.  Pat and I are the mischievous twins.  We are the clowns.  We really are alike in more ways then we probably want to admit.  Extremely competitive (ok, probably more on my part, I have to beat her score on Vegas Stakes), we have each other's back through everything that is thrown at us.  Then there is the little sister, Cheri.  I don't just think of her as that because she's the smallest.  Cheri reminds me of Beth in Little Woman.  You may think she's weak, but there is a strength that permeates through her.  We all want to protect her, but have to allow her to face the world with us standing back and supporting her.

Now don't think this relationship came overnight.  It took time to grow.   It took patience.  It took some breakdowns.  It actually survived a split of our group, as we originally had 7 of us.  It took prayer.  It was made through studying the Father's word, the place all relationships should start.

That leads me to 1.  This is the relationship we have with the Father.  This should be our priority.  If it's not, our other relationships will fall apart.  We need to focus on this relationship  through studying the word and praying,   If we don't take time with the God who created us in His image and give Him all the honour, worship, praise and love that is His rightfully, how can we expect our other relationships to be nurtured and grow?  

If you find yourself in a time where you do not have a close friendship where you have someone who is able to lift you up regularly through the word and prayer, be patient.  God knows just who He wants to place in your family and when the time is right He will bring you your own Babes.
Come share you're Randomness with us today.  I can't wait to see what you have all been up to this week.


kendal said...

starting a bible study next week at my new church....praying for babes.

Kela said...

Hey girlie! I don't have enough words on this subject yet to write an entire post.
You know from yesterday where I'm standing in this friendship thing.

I was listening to a speaker last night at our Info Session and he hit on this subject. It was things that I'd heard before but it came alive again because it was something that I needed. He said, "Whatever you need success in, immerse yourself in that area." He then said that it could be in the area of friendships, spiritual growth, finances, relationships.

Get around others that are a step or two ahead of you in that area and learn from them.

Oops, I've rambled. Maybe this was enough for a post. LOL.

It's Grace said...

Michelle, this is beautiful! I love this tribute to your friends, and of course to God.

I had a super exciting book to review today so that's why I didn't link up. I'll be back next week, however.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I'm the smart one! :P

Thanks for making me cry. I love you and our Babes!

Jen said...

This is just a sweet, wonderful post. Sisterhood, while beautiful, can also have some hard times. So good that we can learn to extend grace, as He extends grace to us.

So glad that I am learning more about you!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Oh the power of girlfriends! I am SO blessed to have sisters I walk through life with and I'm so very thankful for them. I identified with much you said - isn't it neat how God gives us certain friends that fulfill certain needs of our own and then turns around and does it for others through us? Love how He works.

Hope your weekend is/was good!

Amy Sullivan said...

I love all the babes God has placed in my life. I don't know what I would do if I had to face life without them.

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