“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father,
and do not go to your brother’s house when disaster strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.”
These past couple weeks, I have been so thankful for friendships- new and old. God has certainly blessed me with encouragement, instruction, and wisdom from others.
On occasion, I have come home apologetic for the time I’ve spent away from home. But Calvin is always quick to assure me that friendships are a blessing, and should be nourished and cultivated. He recognizes the refreshing and inspiring nature of my visits with friends. I am learning that part of living simply means taking time with others.
If I am focused on bustling about my errands or scurrying around the kitchen, and ignoring others, I am much too busy! The times I spend sharing a cup of tea with a friend, a walk in the park together, or browsing through the market while chatting are so valuable.
I especially appreciate friends that objectively encourage me to glorify God in the dailyness of life (whether it is in my attitudes, decisions, mothering, or preparing food!). It is such a blessing to know that I can have godly women modeling examples not only for me, but also my daughter who is observing the interplay of relationships, as she plays at my feet.
I loved the perspective of Muriel Cook in her book Kitchen Table Counseling
, as she repeatedly emphasized the importance of pointing others toward Christ. (Basically saying, in essence, “I can’t help you, but I know the One who can.”) Because, above all, my relationship with Christ is the most vital friendship, and worthy of cultivation.
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
What role has a friendship played in your life? I’d love to hear!
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