Friday, January 29, 2010


I used to keep a journal but I haven't written in one for years. I purchased a new journal with intentions to start again, but it remains empty as I have not made time to sit down and write in it. It's easier and quicker to type my thoughts and prayers out on the computer and my hope is that this will be a new way for me to connect deeper with family and friends. Connection sounds more rewarding than keeping a journal. So here I am.

Connection. I love having friends! I've had seasons in life where I did not have close relationships, and while I know God used those times for His purpose, I definitely prefer to have an association with a circle of friends. I need friends. I need people to share life with. I mean real life. People I can share my heart with and not worry about what assumptions they may make of me. People I don't have to dress up for, people who know that I don't have it all figured out. I will assume that many feel this way. God is relational in nature and since we are created in His image, we are relational too. Our spouses, family, and friends are a gift from God, and a lesson as well. This season, these friends, are for His purpose. We learn how to love after we first learn how to receive the love of God and others. We are also sharpened as individuals in the process as friends can draw out traits of a personality that have been hidden somewhere inside. How long will this season last? It’s good that we don’t know – let it be a reminder to fully engage during the time shared with these precious people!

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each."
-Henry David Thoreau