“With a Little Help from My Friends”

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“You’re my Best Friend” Queen

“So, encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends…” The Beatles have been my favorite band since I was 16 years old. That was the year that ABC aired the Beatles Anthology. I faithfully watched and instantly became a fan. I can remember that my friend and I were bonded through our love for the Beatles. My favorite is Paul McCartney and her favorite is John Lennon. We were meant to be friends! Of course, the initial bond of our love for the Beatles that brought us together has transferred into a lifelong, best friendship that continues to this day!

I am so thankful to have loyal friends in my life. I have a few friends who I have known most of my life, others since high school and college, and others most recently in the last 5-10 years.  I have realized that over the years, some friends are there for a season, others are there for a lifetime. This can be an unwanted reality, but it seems to ring true. I struggled with this as I saw friends moving away, embarking on new adventures, or careers where our time together dwindled and eventually we both lost touch. The transition years between high school and college, and then college and career were where most of the changes seemed to happen. Fortunately, with social media it is easier to keep in touch now than ever before! But even with social media, some friendship seem to fade for one reason or another.

I have found that my closest friendships stem from our shared faith in Jesus Christ. The friendship bond of a sister in Christ is an incredible blessing. One of my best and dearest friendships began through taking part in a Bible study together. We kept each other accountable, prayed for each other, and poured out our hearts to one another. I will always remember those times, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, under the shade of a tree, sharing our heart to each other. Our bond is strong and although we live in different states now, nothing has changed other than being miles apart. Our hearts are still so connected through the last 15 years of friendship.

Being a part of a church that emphasizes fellowship and being “stronger together” has been integral in developing some fantastic friendships. I know that my friends are there for me to support, pray, encourage, or provide insight and of course, laughter! Friends are meant to share life together. I am so grateful to share life with my friends through movie nights, vacations, coffee dates, park days, beach days, long dinners over great conversation, text messages, and birthday parties! When we started attending our church 6 1/2 years ago, I went to a mom’s group at church where I knew no one. I was welcomed and a few people really invested in getting to know me. I am so thankful for the time they took to get to know me. We are still close to this day!  From there, the friends that I made from that group and from meeting more people at church are treasures from God! We live life together: from laughing to crying, the messy times and the good times, the fun times and the not-so-fun times. “A Friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17a.

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