Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sisterhood


Yesterday, I spent hours with one of my
"sisters from another mother".
I have a few!
It was such a sweet time
We laughed,
we cried,
we bared our hearts,
shared our brokenness,
praised our God,
and oh yes,
we had lunch too.












It was so needed
I missed her and she missed me
It was a time of long deep sharing
that seems to only happen now once a year

We had a God appointment

He perfectly set up a time that we could meet
those are the best kind
It was a time of encouragement
and strengthened our sisterhood
as we shared our real lives

We both understood that this was a safe place
where there is no judgement








That is the things about my sisterhood
my girls
distance does not exist
I love them all
and am so appreciative of how God
has put them in my life.

When I was younger
my idea of what I wanted
and needed in a friend
and sister in the Lord,
was very different than my list now.
Somehow I thought that everything on my little (or big) wish list
would be found in one perfect friend that God would give me.

I was so wrong...

and my list has changed
and been refined by time and suffering

My sisterhood has such variety
None of them are the same
but together
they make up
just what I need
to get along in this world.


Here is just a few things that they all have in common:
Love God
Know God's Word
Prayer warriors
Sacrificial
Broken
Great listeners
Honest
Transparent
Truth telling
They have my back
What you see is what you get
Often misunderstood by those that don't know their heart
Have experienced seasons of suffering

If all my sisterhood were in a room,
it would be hard to see their commonality on the surface.
They all look so different,
have different lives,
are various ages
and stages in life.
Some of them,
I would never have thought
they would become part of
my sisterhood.
But here they are.
Each one so amazing
and exactly what
My
Heavenly
Father
knew I would need.

God's Word has a wonderful blueprint on building a sisterhood:
Proverbs 12:26  
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 13: 20
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother(or sister) is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 18:24
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (or sister).
Proverbs 20:6
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Proverbs 22:24-25
Do not make friends with a hot tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
Proverbs 27:5-6
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. 
Proverbs 27:9
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.






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