Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  ~Mark 12:30-31

In a time when I feel everything around us is negative; one being due to the politicians constantly throwing mud at one another on like; EVERY SINGLE ADVERTISEMENT; we need more love for one another than ever before!  We need our friends, our girlfriends, our family friends and most of all we need those REALLY close ones we call the BFF’s!

Do you ever feel like you get so caught up in your busy life that when you want to reach out to a friend, you wonder who to call? Not because you don’t have one, but, because your relationship has what I call “greyed out” a bit.  I am fortunate enough to have had some wonderful people in my life, but due to our very busy schedules as parents and work and well, all that other stuff that seems to consume us, I have lost touch with many of them. We don’t do dinners on a regular basis or go on girl trips like we used to. To be very honest, I really have not had much time for feeding my friendships with love and honor.  This includes the new ones I have made as well.

Another scripture writes “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” ~Romans 12:10

Umm, let me just say, I am absolutely guilty of not outdoing my friends these days in honoring them. Let’s face it…we get busy or we were hurt from a friend or for some people; you simply just don’t have really close friendships.   I know I sound like a broken record. But, let’s get down to facts, youneed friends, I need friends, they need YOU!

You need to be brave and let people in. Let them get close enough to speak into your life. One of the greatest gifts in life is the gift of community. But…yeah, there’s that “but” word again. You have to be courageous to let your guard down, to develop relationships in your life. Some may become deep meaningful and lifelong relationships that are treasured always. Some may be needed in seasons of our life. All are good, all are healthy, and all are needed in our growth as humans, as community. Romans 12:10 tells us to outdo one another in showing honor. That kind of love will change you. It will change them. Can you imagine what it can do across the world if we all did this?

Going on girl trips was a fun time in my life and I will treasure those times along with many others. But the friends I made out of those are still around. I need to continue to reach out, talk, have coffee or even send a note to say, “I love you”.  The new friends I have made over the most recent years, I need to do the same. I need to honor and love them more than ever. Because of these relationships, I am a better person, a better Mina.  I am more than thankful for these brave people who let me into their lives and that I was courageous enough to do the same. Thank you, Lord for these wonderful friendships and the honor and love we have given to one another.

Woman to Woman: Be courageous today and pick up the phone and call a friend to meet for coffee. Or go beyond that and get a girlfriend’s trip put together, even if all you can muster is a day trip among you girls. GO OUTDO ONE ANOTHER IN SHOWING HONOR AND LOVE.

WOW (Words Of Wisdom)Strength of Empathy: People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

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