Thursday, April 14, 2011

Clothed in Strength & Dignity



Last Sunday I was having a conversation with friends and we read this verse together...

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom,and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:25-26

Some of the women I spent time with are facing tremendous trials and I was amazed at the grace and faithfulness I witnessed.  I began to wonder, would I be that strong in the same situation? I have had some very dark days that I am only on the other side of due to the love and forgiveness of Jesus and yet I still question.  As I meditated on this it struck me.  I am more prepared now to face trials than ever before.  God has put some amazing people in my life that speak truth to me in love, and ask the same of me. Wise women who encourage and uplift me.  Men who love my husband and I and help strengthen our marriage. Friends who talk me through the hardest days of parenting.  These friends show my family the love of Jesus every day and I am so grateful.
So what is on my heart now? I pray that I will be that kind of friend to others.  That I will do the inconvenient if it blesses someone else. That I will give wise, loving council based on scripture and end it with a hug.  Lord, help me be the friend you would call me to be.

PS: I am also thankful for laughter. I laughed so hard with these ladies that we cried and there's nothing better than that. Can I get an Amen?!


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13 comments:

courtiebeth said...

Last year was one of the best years of my life. We moved to a new town just outside of Charleston SC. I made those kind of friends. One full handful. The kind that pray for me, and uplift me daily. The ones who helped with my little ones as we packed up my favorite house ever. They walked arm in arm with me as I left my favorite church ever for the last time. They have called, text, emailed me every day since I've been gone.
Those kind of friends are so few and far between.
Your post reminded me to tell them again what they mean to me!

Nessa said...

I just joined a women's bible/book study in Feb. and I can not tell you the difference this has made in my life... These women are so important to me already and it is still new.

So glad that you have a group to truly lift you up and warm your soul.

Mama Bear said...

Amen!

Alely said...

Amen!

happy friday friend!

Natalie said...

what an awesome post! how important it is that our words be encouraging words…words that will strengthen & uplift those who are discouraged!
thanks for visiting my blog! i love yours… :) blessings to you!!

Resourceful Red said...

AMEN!!

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Alyss said...

What a great prayer! I'm loving it.

CaseyWiegand said...

wow. love this so much. love love love this

hannah singer said...

amen! my desire is to be a friend like this, at all times. seeing the inconvenient opportunities, i believe, are crucial. love you, girl! xo

myriahmae said...

I need to pray this prayer too! Great post!

the lowes said...

thanks for sharing, this is beautiful!

theolivetree said...

laughing is the best. Love your blog design...so cute!

Emily said...

it's amazing the strength and encouragement we can find when we surround ourselves with those who love the Lord! i find so much in you and my lovely blog friends!!

:)