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Life it’s more than a game – August 8

Welcome to week six!

Because these are loosely based on our sermon series, if you weren’t here on Sunday now is a great time to catch up on the podcast.

To listen to this weeks sermon click here.

Reflections:

I can remember about 10 years ago being in a Thursday night small group with about 15 other women.  One of the leaders at the time had said to my fairly new friend and I, “Look around, these will be the women you do life with.  These women, we’ve been through it all together, the highs and lows.  I couldn’t do it without them.”

 

She was right.  I can look around at the women God has placed in my life and honestly say we have shared it; celebrations, births, new jobs, new homes, kids going off to college. We’ve been through the tough stuff too; illness, divorce, death, depression, struggles with children.  I can’t imagine doing life without them.

 

It isn’t always easy.  It isn’t without its bumps.  But it is worth it.  It is worth taking the time to invest.  It is worth pushing through the tough conversations.  It is worth speaking truth (and receiving truth spoken) in love.  Because the joy of walking through life with a friend who knows you, all of you –  and loves you anyway – is truly a gift!

 

I am looking forward to getting away with four of my dearest girlfriends in a few weeks.  It isn’t easy to find the time; between us we have 13 kids to account for.  But finding that time to get old friendsaway from it all; to laugh, cry, eat (lol), is so important to us.  We need that time to reconnect with each other.  Because one of the things I have learned is that we make each other better.  We challenge, refine and complement each other so we can be the best moms, wives, and women we can be.
 

And we laugh.

 

We do a lot of laughing. – Heather Mandala

 

 

 

 

What else does the Bible say about friendship?

Proverbs 12:26

17:17

18:24

22:24
27:9
27:17
27:5-6
16:28

Other books:

Ecclesiastes 4: 7-12

John 15

 

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What stood out to you from this message?
  2. Do you have a 2 am friend?  If so take a moment and write them a note telling them what they mean to you.
  3. Are you looking for that 2 am friend?  What is one step you can take to invest in an existing relationship? Or where is one place you can go to begin to cultivate those healthy relationships?
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