It’s been over a year since I wrote Can I Be a Good Friend and I thought the timing was perfect for a follow-up. I’ve struggled with relationships with women for a long time and really never cared for them. I couldn’t stand their bickering, back stabbing and competitive ways. I found that on the few occasions when I did allow someone to come into my life that it always ended bad.
When I wrote the last blog I was seeing my Christian mentor and she taught me some really great things about myself, but I must admit that it has been scary to put my skills into action. I knew last year the most important relationship to mend was with my sister. I am so happy to tell you that we are finally in the habit of one another. We spend time with each other laughing and enjoying each others company. I have even taught her how to crochet and look what she can do!
I love my sister and I am grateful that God has brought our relationship together because without him we would probably still be very distant from one another. God is building my faith that I can definitely be a good friend. Here’s my beautiful sister.
Last week I attended the New England Women’s Convention at International Family Church in Boston, Massachusetts. There were 7 other women that attended this conference with me and spending 4 days and 3 nights with 7 women terrified me! I had never been on any type of trip like this before and was anxious about how all the personalities would intertwine. I am proud to tell you that no blood was shed, everyone was patient and no one walked away with hurt feelings. I truly believe it is because our common goal of being together was worshiping the Lord and learning how to gain strength from one another.
On our last night while we were eating dinner, each one shared their “take-a-way” from the trip. I admitted my hesitations and that I felt truly blessed being surrounded by strong women that love God with such passion. As I sat there and listened to the other women speak, it was then that I realized they all felt the same way to a certain degree. I wasn’t alone and together we accomplished our goal.
I now know that I can truly be a good friend and that I am a caring and loving woman and have much to offer to the women in my life. I cherish and value their friendship and can see our group being friends till we are old and gray. I’ve wanted friends in my life for a long time and had no idea just how badly I needed them.
Here is a picture of the women that attended the conference starting from right to left:
Front Row: Vicki Noordermeer, Rachel Wicks, me, Taylor Kerby, and Susanne Noordermeer
Back Row: Carolyn Correia, Heather Worley, Lisa Bevere (guest speaker) and Allison Spratlin
By the way, for those of you who have never heard of Lisa Bevere, look her up! What a mighty and strong woman of God and the messages that God has given to her are so powerful! Check her calendar and if she comes anywhere near you, please go see her. You will walk away fully charge and ready to become the woman God has created you to be.
The path I have laid before me has laughter, joy, peace and love because I realize that I’m not alone on this journey. What is the success of these new friendships and me being a good friend? Jesus, plain and simple.