The other day, I met a friend for lunch and as soon as she sat down and we started talking, she burst into tears. You see, my friend is a busy young mother with a new baby. She was frazzled trying to get out of the house and get everyone situated before she came to meet me. I think she was just relieved to see me knowing that we could talk, and that I would understand the struggles and challenges that she is experiencing. Basically, she just needed a friend.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Girlfriends are important. We need each other. We need friends to laugh with us when we are happy, and cry with us when we are sad. Friends that will pray with us and encourage us to do good. Hebrews chapter 10 tells us to consider, ponder, think about how we should stir up one another to love and good works. The Amplified Bible says it this way, “And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.”

As Christian women, we should be creative in thinking about ways to meet with each other so that we can watch over one another and encourage one another to love God, love our husbands, love our children, and to love each other.

I have an amazing group of women that I meet with regularly, and I am so blessed by their friendships. Some of us have been friends for almost two decades, others have joined us along the way. We do life together. We may not see each other everyday, but I know that these are the girls that have my back. We have shared both good times and bad times. We have celebrated all of the major milestones together—babies, birthdays, showers, and even funerals. These girls are a special part of my life.

I have other very close friends who are very special to me, and these ladies are the “older women” in my life who I look up to, and can call on for advice. These ladies are full of wisdom and I consider these ladies my mentors. It is good to have women of all ages in your life!

The Lord has blessed me with a life filled with amazing women of all ages; both young and old. Some I see regularly, others I only talk to occasionally. It isn’t necessary to have a lot of friends, but what is important is having the right kind of friends. Friends that lift you up, encourage you and pray for you. I hope you have a special girl or a group of girls that you can call your friends. If not, I encourage you to pray and ask God to put the right kind of girls and women in your life.

Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker www.MistyPhillip.com

9 Comments

  1. Oh, I love the Amplified version of that verse! “continuous care to watching over one another” So grateful for the women in my life!

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    1. Emily, Thanks for your comment! Blessings! Misty

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  2. So very true! One thing I was remarking upon to my closest girlfriend where I live now is, God put us in each other’s paths. I had been praying to find a “bosom friend,” and unbeknownst to me at the time, she was praying the same thing! A year later and we are getting ready to part ways because of our husbands’ jobs, but the friendship is invaluable, and will continue across the miles! Beautiful post!

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    1. Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess, Thanks for your comment! Friends like that will always be friends no matter the distance, you can always pick up right where you left off. Blessings, Misty

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  3. Love this. Today I was so thankful for two of my friends who supported me at Race For the Cure. At first I felt upset that more people didn’t come along, but then God put a thought in my mind to remind me to be thankful for the friends that I do have.

    I often think of the verse “There is a friend that is closer than a brother” when I think of my small tribe of friends.

    Be blessed!

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    1. Morocco, Thanks for your comment! So glad that you had two sweet friends who supported you at the race! Bless you! Misty

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  4. IKR! You are most welcome.

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  5. Thank you for the beautiful picture of what authentic relationship should be Misty! I love how the different versions of the bible can really highlight the heart behind a specific verse.

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  6. Lisa, Thanks for your sweet comment!

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