I know what you think this post is about. You’re wrong.
It’s NOT about “Girl Power” in sports or school or the working world, or even about feminism in the gender equality sense.
You need to know I wholeheartedly support those agendas; it’s so important for our voices to be heard, our accomplishments to be recognized, and our contributions to be valued just as much as anyone else’s.
But this post, sweet girls, is about the power of gal pals and our uniquely special friendships.
Last week, I had the amazing and super awesome privilege to have lunch with two of my college roomies. These are girls I love; as in LOVE LOVE LOVE. I met both of them the very first day on campus at Butler. And there hasn’t been a holiday, birthday, special event, or heartbreak we haven’t walked through (or belly-level crawled) side-by-side since. Thirty years, ladies. It’s a beautiful thing.
( Junior year…I’m the ADORABLE brunette farthest to the right on the bottom row. While I love ALL these ladies, my lunch girls (Chappie Sue and Reenie) are the beauties just above my right shoulder. Blondes. Yep. I had to throw the hair color thing in. Because you NEED to know we all had the SAME amount of fun, regardless of hair color. Just saying.)
What’s our secret?
We play well together.
We get along famously. We finish each others’ sentences. We love on each others’ children and reprimand one another’s husbands (and we adore them, too…!). We show up for milestones with bottles of champagne and heartfelt presents/presence.
And, conversely, we sit quietly, holding hands, in grief or fear. We’ve shared clothes, pizzas, money, tears, giggles, bedrooms, viruses, recipes, lip gloss, beers, vacations, card games, and even argued a time or two along the way.
I pray you have some “same age-same stage” friendships like ours. I love these girls to the moon and back, infinity times infinity times! There is such great camaraderie and comfort in these crazy friendships…and a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!
But you know what? I’m equally in love with cross-generational sister friendships. The ones where we not only are loved on and brought up by ladies a bit more experienced and seasoned than we are, but ALSO the ones in which we are doing the bringing up!
Maybe she’s an aunt, a neighbor, your mom. Or maybe she’s a niece, a younger sister, a daughter, or even a new tennis partner. It doesn’t matter how you are connected, you know?
It just matters that you connect.
God places special people in our lives as an extension of His love for us and our innate need for relationship. Regardless of age, stage, circumstance, and standing.
It’s how we are meant to do life.
Girls, if you don’t know the story of Naomi and Ruth, I urge you to stop what you are doing and read it right now in the short, but power packed book of Ruth. Click here. No worries; I’ll wait here while you do…!
Where you go, I go. Where you stay, I stay. Your peeps are mine.
Yep, that’s good stuff.
Sophie Hudson (author of our July book, Giddy Up, Eunice) reacts to that kick butt verse by saying this:
“It’s one of those passages that takes my breath away a little bit, because it’s a level of commitment we don’t see modeled often in our current culture.” (Sophie Hudson, Giddy Up, Eunice)
To play like a girl means to demonstrate that “LEVEL OF COMMITMENT” to our treasured friendships. Whether through mentoring, discipling, walking alongside, or just plain and simple “gal pal-ing”.
Let’s make that model a bit more mainstream, okay?
WHERE YOU GO, I GO.
That’s how we stick together. That’s how we do LIFE.
My prayer for you this week is that you take the time to appreciate the Ruth’s and Naomi’s in your own life. Call them up. Tell them how much you love them. Share a pizza (or some sushi, or whatever your thing is)! Thank God for their presence in your world and your presence in theirs. If you are having trouble identifying a true sister friend right now, ask God to open your heart and mind to the possibility of making a new one. He will not disappoint you, sweet one.
Following along with our easy 2016 series?! Click here for the following goodies:
- Link to the FABULOUS book, Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson! It’s what we’re reading this month!
- Print up/display our scripture and mantra card for this week!
- Hungry? Print up our menu idea and recipe – veggie sandwiches! Super yum!
- And click here for a link to our fun song and video for this week: “Breathe” by Johnny Diaz (it’s a fave for many of our girlies!)!
Come on back next week and read about our ideas on trying something NEW! TRY IT…YOU’LL LIKE IT! 😉
Peace, love and JOY!
P.S. Thetas rule. (Mic drop…)
P.P.S. We love our guys, too. Thought I better throw that in. Smoochies, Bo! 😉