February 20, 2013
Bless the Lord Reason #17: For Heart Connections
We know from God's Word that friends are meant to keep each other accountable. To help each other stay the path. To challenge each other.
And yes, by all means, a good friend does all of these things.
But when I think of my life, one of the things for which I'm profoundly grateful is my heart connections with others.
This life would be so boring if traveled alone. Oh sure, there are plenty of times I relish alone-ness. The silence. The still air and the soul seeking.
But so often I come alive the most when I'm connecting with another person's heart. There is something so simple in it--and yet, it doesn't feel simple. Feels anything but.
Because how many times have I wondered...am I the only one? How many times have I cried alone? Or asked--myself--if I'll always feel this way?
God has been my only comfort more time than I can count--and He is enough, don't get me wrong.
But He doesn't intend for us to go this road alone. He placed other people in our path to walk it with us, not for us to stubbornly walk off, determined to do this thing by ourselves, without help.
True, it can be difficult to find someone who your heart bonds with, but I believe God can provide--and often just when we need the provision most. I know he's provided this for me. I am so blessed to have many friends with whom I can share myself, my secrets, my desires, friends who will not poke fun or abandon me.
Friends who will stay the course, not only sharpening me but encouraging my heart--reminding me that I CAN take another step, and they're going to prove it by taking it with me.
Your Turn: Do you have a friend who encourages you? What advice would you give someone who feels alone?
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