The Blessing of Friendship

This week I’ve had the privilege of having lunch with two friends and just getting to discuss life in our current season of parenting, grand-parenting, and empty nest occasions.

One of these friends I’ve known since our 23 year old kids were in kindergarten and one I’ve only known for the last 6 years or so, but both are priceless to me and offer me something that fills up my friendship tank in all the ways I need.

Friendships are such a blessing and I love that we can have a group of friends that meet different needs in our lives, yet are each valuable in their own way.

I used to envy groups of women who had been friends since college or elementary and remained friends into their later years. I was never a “group” kind of girl.

But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve maintained some precious friendships that are solid and true and I can count on two hands.  And I’m good with that small, but consistent number, because honestly, who has time for more than that?

I also have some special blogging friends, whom I’ve known for over a decade now! We met through blogging and some of us have watched one another’s kids grow up as we’ve homeschooled them, graduated them and sent them off to start their own lives. These are also precious friendships to me.

I love that we can have friendships that are different, such as the shopping friend, or the friend who loves to write, or the crafting friend or the friend who loves budgeting as much as I do.

I think it’s such a sweet gift to have friends going through the same season of life, at the same time. I also think it’s very valuable to have older friends who have already gone down the road and can pull you along with their encouragement and wisdom.

It’s nice to have the friend who wants to spend time with you and cares enough to put it on the schedule. It’s also nice to know that even your busy friends will schedule a dinner with the husbands in tow, just to be able to catch up, as well. (It helps that the husbands enjoy one another’s company too.)

There are also those friends who you don’t get to see, but when you happen to run into one another, it’s like you’ve never missed a beat. Or my best friend from high school that still remembers my birthday. These are so special!

Friendship is one of life’s greatest blessings. True friendship leaves you feeling happy, but can also have a differing opinion than you do. True friendship can walk through the fire with you and hold you up when you’re having trouble standing. True friendship calls, just because you were “on their mind” that day and they wanted to check on you. True friendship wants the best for you, even if it means less time to gather.

Whatever station you are at in life, I hope you have a handful of friends to call on. It doesn’t take many – just a few good ones. Treasure them, nurture them, schedule them if you have to. Let them know they are important to you. It’s an investment you won’t regret.