I am thankful for friends that fill, and I have lived long enough to appreciate the blessing that it is.
The ones that choose every day to walk life with me, embracing and even celebrating my many quirks.
They keep me grounded and hold me accountable. Every BS sniffed is called out, but with an undertone of kindness that drives the point home yet softens the blow. Judgement isn’t in our deck of cards. Encouragement is plentiful, and yes there is also a whole lot of hyping. Some might say excessively so 🙇🏽♀️🙆🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️💁🏽♀️. Respect is a rule of engagement. Value is exchanged. Love is shared.
A lifetime of memories encases my heart, each spotlit for its weight in gold. We are better for it – this friendship we all hold dear. I am a reflection of the company I keep. My inner circle is the iron that sharpens me. They keep me on my toes and above all else stir my heart more and more toward God.
This post was inspired by my sweet friend who found a minute in her wildly busy life to send me this today. I was at a stop light when my phone lit up, and when I read it so did I.
𝘐𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦? 𝘌𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘺. 𝘏𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 *𝘬𝘪𝘴𝘴 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘫𝘪*
𝘔𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦, 𝘖 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵, 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨.
𝘔𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦, 𝘖 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵, 𝘵𝘰 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵.
𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦, 𝘖 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺’𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘴.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦.
𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥,
𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘖 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥. 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘯
My friend and I have not had a full conversation in weeks but somehow, she knew just what I needed. Again, I say I am thankful for friends that fill.
I hope this prayer lifts your spirit as it did mine.