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Sunday Encouragement-Friendships

I’m heading home from Haven today. I’ve had a wonderful time but I’m ready to be home! One of the blessings that has come out of my blogging is the friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers.

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I spent a lot of time with Becky from Organizing Made Fun and Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (Jen and I were roomies!) We not only have blogging in common but we are sisters in Christ.

I need friends like Becky and Jen, they remind me  of what’s important. They challenge me to grow in my faith. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

It’s important for us to have friends that help us grow in our faith. As women, we sometimes don’t take the time to build friendships with other women. But we need each other and we need to encourage each other.

Do you try to build friendships with other women? Do you have women that you can share your faith with?

Yesterday we went to dinner at Seasons 52. I love this restaurant, if you have one near you, you should go, immediately. 🙂 (Again, these were taken with my iphone, ugh!)

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Chevron top-Stitch Fix//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Wedge heels-Shoe Sensation(similar here)

On the way to Haven I listened to a CD that a friend made for me after my Mom passed away. I have listened to it hundreds of times. This is one of the songs on the CD. I think I’ve shared it before but I love love it.

 

Have a blessed day!

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  1. Since my faith is a huge part of my life, it is inevitable that it becomes part of my friendships. I’ve been saying for years now that the loss of multi generational events like quilting bees somehow needs to be recreated.

  2. I enjoyed the music, Cyndi. Thanks for sharing that lovely song. I have been through such a difficult year and have struggled with clear thinking. This beautiful song gave me such powerful truth to focus on. I’d love it if you would pray for me, even just one simple prayer. Please pray for God to give me victory over this mental onslaught this week. I just need a few victorious weeks strung together…

    I do value my friendships with godly women, too. Thank you for that encouragement to invest in those relationships. I hope you have a blessed and marvelous Sunday!

  3. You look SO cute in that chevron tunic! It’s a darling top on a darling woman. This would probably surprise you Cyndi since I am fairly social on your website, but I suffer from an illness. I have chronic depression and social anxiety disorder. I rely on my faith, my wonderful Christian psychiatrist and medication to handle my situation. I’ve had it for many years. I rarely leave the house and if I do, I only can leave with my husband, daughter or someone in my immediate family. I have only 2 good friends, one I see once a month and the other only occasionally. I’m fortunate in that my doctor is 120 miles away, so I am forced to leave the house to go to my appts. My Mother, Dad and my sisters all live in the same city as my doctor, so I can go out with them to shop (a little) or occasionally to a restaurant. My condition has worsened to the place where I cannot even attend Mass any longer. My Lord stays close to me through scripture, prayer, my incredible marriage to my Christ-filled husband and all of my family member both ob my side and my husband’s side. I’m very fortunate that they have not stood in judgement of me and understand my illness to it’s fullest. If you can believe it, I did have a job as vice-president for a public relations company in my community. I was completely involved in my parish community, I chaired church events, taught 7th and 8th grade religious education and belonged to the “Lady’s Circle” who’s function was to plan, prepare and host the bereavement dinners for families following funerals. My children went to Catholic school for K-8th grades and when my youngest was in 8th grade I had to be hospitalized for my illness. A couple of mothers found out and spread the word around the school that I was “crazy” and was in an institution. I am sorry to say that I lost the majority of my friends when they became privy to that info., I had 3 close friends who remained loyal and ever supportive to me. Since then, 2 of them had to move due to their husbands being transferred and the other dear, dear friend passed away a year ago.
    Here I’ve gone on and on with my confession, my secret. I want women to know how important friendships are and that they should be carefully tended to as one would tend to a precious flower garden. Friends are the flowers of your lives and help us through our troubles and celebrate our joys. They complete our lives in ways we can never imagine. Keep close to them and always seek out new friends in places where you find yourselves in like activities. Praise your Lord and Savior with gratitude for His blessing of good friends. As I say this, I have to say that I do not believe that God has punished me with this illness or caused friends to drift. I am not mad with God at all, much to the opposite, I thank and praise Him for giving me the strength to hang on and fight this challenge to the best of my ability. I hope He is pleased with me and I thank Him daily for all of the incredible blessings He has
    bestowed upon me. God bless all of you who read this and CELEBRATE your friends!

  4. hugs and prayers from me. I think when betrayal comes from ones circle of friends that are fellow believers it is so much more hurtful.

  5. God shall bless you, I needed this as I am going through the same thing. My best friend is moving and I don’t have anyone so I read blogs all day. Thanks for all you said.

  6. I love your adorable outfits and how you incorporate your faith into your blogs! Thanks for the reminder to nurture our friendships with other women. By the way, I also love this song and Seasons 52!

  7. Cyndi, I just wanted to say that I am so glad I found your blog recently! I love your style, and enjoy both the encouragement found throughout your blog and your openness about your faith. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. May God continue to provide you with strength and courage while surrounding you with the love of those near and dear to you. Be proud that you are taking steps to properly care for yourself. Remember that celebrate the big and little steps along this journey. Give yourself permission to acknowledge even the tiniest of steps. Blessings.

  9. Cyndi,
    This post is so beautiful Thanks for using this blog as a place to remind us all of what matters most in life . . . faith, family, and friends. I feel like you have started not online an online community of women who enjoy fashion, but also a community of faith based women. Perhaps one day we could participate in an online book study focused on our christian faith. Food for thought . . . Blessings –

  10. Hi Cyndi – Thanks for your post about friendship. The last two years have been incredibly hard and sometimes more than I felt I could bear – but the Lord provided incredible friends who loved me, prayed for me and supported me! And I am so thankful for friendship and the amazing blessing that true women of Christ can be! Thanks for being honest and sharing your heart (and your fashion) in your blog!

  11. A true and trustworthy friend is not easy to find. I had one dear and true friend – a friend of a life time. She passed away – she was someone I could confide in and know my words would not become gossip. Sadly, I can’t count on my sister to be that person either. However, my husband and God are my support and where I find trust and truth. I do have other friends but they are not my SueAnn.
    Hug to you, Judy

  12. We attend a smaller church and it is not the most social place. Being a very social person, and a newer Christian (I was saved at age 30), I need female friends. Blogging has been one way for me to meet new friends with whom I can share my faith. Sometimes we have to be quiet so we can hear where God is directing us. That is a hard for me(: I enjoy your blog and I love that top(: Susan

  13. I forgot to mention in my comment that I have a Rodan and Fields give away on my blog today! I think you would really like this skin care line. I am very selective about skin care products and love Rodan and Fields! Be sure to check it out! Blessings! Susan

  14. How wonderful that God gave all three of you friendship. He does lovely things like that. You are a blessing to me.

  15. Oh Judy, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you for sharing this. I know this is a very real illness.
    You do have the gift of encouragement. You have been my cheerleader for several years. So thank you for that!!
    Blessings to you my friend,
    Cyndi

  16. Very cute outfit Cyndi and encouraging post. Judy, thank you for sharing. I also have been under treatment for major depression for over 20 years. I have acquaintances more so than close friends. I have participated in a women’s Bible study for the past 4 years of about 25 women. I find that God has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. Last year I was a co leader of the bible study and recently I have been discipling new believers. Things I never thought I could do. The medications are a blessing but i do have some unpleasant side effects. I think the next challenge may be to get to know one or two women socially. Thanks so much for this blog and a safe place to share. Beth

  17. Sweet friend – I miss you already and am so thankful that we got to reconnect with our friendship. The only problem is that now I am going to mourn the fact we aren’t closer. 🙂 (And the fact that I didn’t have on a cuter outfit for the picture. haha)

  18. I am so glad I got to hug your neck at Haven!! You are such a blessing to me! And yes, you are right – we need friends that encourage us, that stretch us, that grow us! Glad I have a few of those in my life. Would love to find more in the blogging realm.

    So good to see you and admired your cute, cute outfits from afar each day.