I can count my close friends on one hand, God has given me these friends in different seasons of life. Each of these wonderful women are a gift to my soul.
I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in the mountains with three of them. We spent our time by the fire, listening to music, drinking coffee or wine (depending on the time of day), laughing in some moments, crying in others. It’s easy to be in their presence, it’s a sacred space, free of judgement, and the pressure to be perfect.
Our sacred bond reminds me of Jonathan and David,
1 Samuel 18:1-3 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.
I believe that the Lord has intentionally knit these women into my soul, we are connected by the power of the Holy Spirit. Each of us brought our joys, frustrations and sorrows to the mountains. After two days together, our load seemed lighter, the sharpness of the sorrows and frustrations have dulled, while the joys seem to have taken center stage. We returned to our families just a little bit healthier, perhaps as the best versions of ourselves.
I find myself missing them this morning, but so grateful for the time we shared. I’ve made this picture the background on my IPad, as a reminder to pray for these precious friends and their families.
May you be refreshed and renewed by your God-appointed friendships today, and the days to come.
A special thanks to my sweet husband, for watching after our girls so that I could spend the weekend away.