The Blessing of Friendship


“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly . . .” (Proverbs 18:24 KJV)

My mother often quoted Proverbs 18:24 to me growing up. I think that she secretly feared that I would not have any friends. I did not have a gaggle of friends hanging out at the house after school, nor did I spend hours chatting on the phone. When I went off to college and then graduate school, I developed life-long friendships.


I learned 9 lessons from the blessing of these friendships:

  1. Because of the blessing of friendship, I learned that we each are destined to walk a different path. I am not in competition with my friends. Be a cheerleader!

  2. Because of the blessing of friendship, God makes provision for your children. God will send others to come alongside you to help raise/provide for your children. Be a helper!

  3. Because of the blessing of friendship, I participated in the lives of multiple children. Now, I have 8, plus one beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and funny, *heart children. Be an auntie or uncle!

  4. Because of the blessing of friendship, your co-workers can become friends who introduce you to new hobbies. Be adventurous!

  5. Because of the blessing of friendship, I have friends who are more like family. Be vulnerable!

  6. Because of the blessing of friendship, I learned that I am valuable. I am worthy. YOU are worthy!

  7. Because of the blessing of friendship, I discovered my strengths. Be willing to fail!

  8. Because of the blessing of friendship, I have sisters and brothers in Christ who provide wisdom for life decisions. Listen!

  9. Because of the blessing of friendship, I have people to share my journey. Enjoy your journey!

(*Heart children= children you emotionally adopt)