Some of us have been friends for more than 30 years.
Through these years, we’ve walked through joy and sorrow, peace and anguish. Weddings, births, and deaths. Misunderstandings, impatience, and ugly attitudes. Fractured hearts and fractured minds, restoration and renewal.
We’ve spoken words of affirmation and acceptance, and we’ve encouraged one another to keep on keeping on, knowing that Christ will complete the good work he began in us, attempting to love one another as He loves us.
So we keep showing up, rejoicing in the gift of friendship, and like today, celebrating the birthday of a treasured friend.
Lovely? Yes indeed!
I’ve been reflecting of late on what brings me the greatest satisfaction in life. Besides being with the people I love (interacting with them, conversing with them, going deep with them), writing is what brings me the greatest fulfillment. Sometimes ideas flow, sometimes they don’t, but when they do the joy starts deep in my inward parts and sometimes even begins bubbling over. And as many of you know, I’m really not a bubbling-over kind of person.
But because of the way writing can bring me delight, I’m tentatively taking on an online writing challenge called Write 31 Days. In this challenge (started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine), bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October.
Since I tend to the melancholy, I thought it would uplifting and novel to look for things that fall into the Philippians 4:8 category: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” My goal is to post something every day this month (um, well, the days that are left of it!) on my blog. I may share a photo, a few words encountered in my personal reading, an anecdote related to something I’ve observed in people and events around me, or even an event taken from the news. Time will see how this all plays out. But I do hope you’ll join me in this endeavor by reading my little offerings and perhaps sharing some of your own.
And so—let the adventure begin!