Friendships have a purpose. God designed us to have friends and to be friends. These close relationships with others are good for us and they can help us navigate through our journey of marriage and motherhood through camaraderie, comfort, encouragement, advice, and affirmation. My heart is to explore what God’s Word reveals about friendships.
In this devotional I share 4 things we can do to build strong friendships and these things are supported by scripture.
Have you ever experienced an insecure thought right as you were preparing to be with your friends? Did those insecurities keep you from spending quality time with your friends?
The enemy hates positive, intimate relationships. He will do everything he can, including reminding us of our insecurities, to break down these relationships to nothing.
One thing I mention in this devotional is don’t lose sight of the value of another person, which can happen so easily. Take for instance when we have insecure thoughts…we are consumed with ourselves and what others perceive of us instead of considering others.
I also highlight 2 things that hinder our friendships, but you will have to watch the devotional video to find out what they are!
I would like to emphasis that as I filmed this devotional I was under the assumption that everyone has the same understanding of boundaries when it comes to friendships. Just to clarify, I believe it is important that wives should not have intimate friendships with the opposite sex, neither should a husband have an intimate friendship with another woman. There should exist a clear boundary that you and your husband agree to that minimizes any temptation with others outside your marriage. So when I encourage you to pursue and build close friendships I mean with your husband or with other women, not men. I strongly believe it is inappropriate for a wife to have a close emotional friendship with another man.