Who’s in the foxhole fighting along side you?!

Much is said about the value of friendships. We often see memes, quotes and pop culture references to great groups of friends. I mean, my favorite TV show of all time is FRIENDS, for sobbing out loud.

Honestly, the world gives us an unrealistic, romanticized view of friendship. The reality is most of us can’t sit around at the coffee shop all day and shoot the breeze. We have jobs, families, responsibilities, and no spare time in sight. We don’t have time to be with our friends daily, or even weekly. Sometimes friendship looks like text messages ever so often and a dinner date that might be rescheduled three times before it actually takes place.

However challenging it may be, cherishing and preserving genuine friendships is vitally important. We were not created to walk alone in life. We need like-minded people to pour into our lives. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20, “whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Who you choose to surround yourself with matters.

I really can’t describe how rewarding it is when someone comes into your life and you know without a doubt they were placed by God. Friends who will celebrate you, fight with you and for you, and even put you in check when you need it. Friends with whom you can be your authentic self and know you are loved exactly as you are…flaws and all. That is truly rare. Being loved by your family is essential, but there is something special about someone choosing to give you love and fierce loyalty. The frequently used quote, ‘friends are family that you choose,’ holds truth.

This past year would’ve been infinitely harder without the constant support of my friends. We’ve grown; individually and together. We’ve leaned on each other. They held my hands as I grieved the loss of my beloved Granny. Most significantly, we’ve worshipped together; prayed together; and studied the Bible together. God gives us who we need at the exact time we need it.

So if you have true, genuine friendship, I pray you never take it for granted. If you find yourself lacking that kinship in your life, I pray God brings you the exact one you need. He knows what we need and is faithful to provide. God is the ultimate friend. Proverbs 18:24 says He’s the friend who sticks closer than a brother.

By the grace of God, and the love of some pretty fantastic friends and family, we will flourish is 2021.

Until next time friends,

Erica Lee

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