Tomorrow I am getting together with two friends and their two little ones for lunch. I can’t wait to see them and just have time to talk and get to know each other. This is the first time we have ever gotten together for lunch. We met through church. Our families are in a small group together but we’ve never done anything with just us girls.
After all of our talk and prayers about friendship this week, I prayed that God would show me one way to connect with a friend. Immediately the women in our family house gathering (that is what we call small groups) came to mind. There are nine women in our group – many work, many have small kids, many live pretty far from me. So, what was my initial thought after getting the idea to invite them over for lunch? You guessed it…I thought, “I bet they won’t be able to come.”
But then I thought about the many things we’ve shared about wanting friendships more than it seems like others want them. Not having time for friends. Others being so busy. I knew these are the things that keep us from reaching out.
I also realized that my life is so busy that many probably assume I don’t have time for them. So, I decided very intentionally not to listen to the threat of disappointment. I knew God just wanted me to open my heart and home. He would smile on my obedience and I could trust Him with the results. If no one could join me, I’d have lunch with Jesus.
So, out of the nine women I invited, two can come!! And you know what? I can’t wait to have that time with just them. I know that when two or more gather in HIS name, He shows up in a very special way. I am praying He’ll bless our time with the sweetness of His presence.
Honestly, even if only one of my friends could come I’d be excited. God has taught me over time that my value as a friend is not measured by how many friends I have. It’s measured by the love in my heart, the encouragement of my words and the reach of my hands as I seek to love God and my girlfriends by reflecting the kind of friendship Jesus offers me.
PS. Life is swarming with adventure at the Swope house. Please visit my family blog for an update. We’d treasure your prayers!
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