Motivation Monday: Friends…we can’t live without them!

I want to thank you for the notes of encouragement, the emails, Facebook messages, and blog comments from my post over the weekend.  I can’t possibly respond to all of them, but I want you to know that we have read them and they have meant the world to us.

I also want you to know I have not given up.  God is the God of miracles and I know you have joined me in praying that.

As you can imagine, the past four months have been hard.

I would never have made it without my friends who have carried me through this season.

When I can’t find the words to pray, they pray with and for me. When I’m feeling lonely, they text me at just the right moment.  When I’m weary, they encourage me to rest and to let things go that I usually would stay on top of.  When I’m fearful, they bring me peace by sharing God’s truth.  They’ve each taken turns staying with me and the kids this weekend until my father and sister arrived.

Having good friends is like having money in the bank. They are there when you need to make a withdrawal when life gets rough.  Let me tell you, I’ve been making a lot of withdrawals lately.

How is your friendship bank?  Is it time to make some investments?  Life has its ups and downs and we need each other through both.

Today’s Motivation Monday challenge is to call a friend you want to get to know better or invest in a friendship you already have.  Set up coffee, arrange a girls night out, do something to get some money in your friendship bank…you never know when you’ll need to make a withdrawal.

 

 

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9 Responses to Motivation Monday: Friends…we can’t live without them!

  1. Sue R says:

    I am so sorry you are going through this. I am praying for a complete restoration of your marriage…nothing is too hard for God…((Hugs))

  2. Lisa W says:

    Praying for you and your family!!

  3. Joni Ruhs says:

    I am so sorry you are in this season. Praying for an amazing testimony of restoration on the other side of this.

  4. Shannon B. says:

    The best friends are the ones that are the hardest to shake off. Thanking God for your sticking friends. They mean and do so much, but I have learned that the very best thing that friends can do when life is overwhelming or out of our control is forcing us to let go of the things that are cluttering our healing and our strengthening and our prioritizing our family.

    Love all of your encouragement and ministry. I am sure every woman that has been blessed by you would agree that you need to take and do whatever it takes for you and your family right now. You have invested so much into all of our lives that taking time away now, while you will be missed, will not harm all the wonderful things you have given and shared to fill us up.

    Praying for you.

  5. Julie says:

    Jill you have an awesome attitude and you are so right. I know I need to be more intentional about investing in my friendships. Thank you for the reminder. I am continuing to lift you and Mark and the children up in prayers. God is the ultimate healer and He will and is using this present circumstance for His glory. Keep leaning on Him and know that you have so many prayers and friends praying for you.

  6. Amy A. says:

    Jill,
    My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. I will continually lift you and your family up in prayer.

  7. Beth says:

    Jill,
    I am sorry for the season you are going through…I am in the same place you are. Thanking the Lord for all the wonderful friends He has provided me with as well. Thank you so much for your honesty and encouraging words.

  8. Laura says:

    Sometimes it is in trials that we suddenly learn that friends we thought had forgotten us are still dear and sweet. Keep posting. Maybe an online community and a real life community together will provide blessings you never expected.