A Band of Sisters

July 29, 2014

in the generous life

One great help for my marriage is a small group of gal friends. Sometimes we meet for coffee and other times we meet to read and discuss books, talk about our lives and pray for each other.

They keep me honest and God focused. They encourage me and make me laugh. They challenge me to grow up in Christ and be a better wife, mom, friend, etc.

May I encourage y’all to make time for this kind of relationship. It’s a great marriage tool (and you get to have girl talk).

Iron sharpens iron, and one (wo)man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17  ESV (parenthesis mine)

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for marriage-friendly woman friends (or thank Him for the ones you have).

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Too Darn Happy: Leave them better than you found them A simple, but extremely profound message.

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One Flesh Marriage: Delete the D Word Take it out of your vocabulary!

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A Heart to Know July 29, 2014 at 5:06 am

Lori, you are SO blessed! Such a desire of my heart to have one of those kind of friends. :)
How did you find or create such a group?

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Lori - The Generous Wife July 29, 2014 at 9:45 am

Start by praying for friends.

I’m an introvert, so I have to be intentional about reaching out (it doesn’t come naturally for me). I find the easiest thing is to invite someone out for coffee and ask a lot of questions (that I’m willing to answer myself – because they are likely to ask them right back at me).

When I find someone that seems to be a good fit I continue to ask them to coffee. I eventually encourage them to invite their friends too because if we get along, their friends may also be a good fit.

I usually ask people what they are reading and at some point we get around to reading and discussing a book.

I also try to invite gals to do fun things – go to the crafts store, hang at the lake, etc.

I think the important thing is to reach out to a number of people and be careful not to judge a book by its cover. Some folks are a bit shy and it takes a while to get to know them. There are some real gems out there.

Take your time getting to know people. Pray some more. Don’t be too quick to jump into relationships (not everyone is healthy) and, at the same time, be willing to offer grace (none of us are perfect).

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A Heart to Know July 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Thank you for this.

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