Friday, November 27, 2009

Wisdom from a Friend

This week started off full of stress for me. We moved this last weekend. I was tired. Our family wasn't relating well and I wasn't dealing with it well. Partly I was discouraged thinking that all the things we had worked on the past year were for nought. Monday morning God sent me a friend who was willing to listen and give perspective. Here is what I learned from her. First of all, be real. Be who you are. I felt like I could be real with her and to me that was a gift. I hope I can be that to others. Lesson number two was that just because you hit a rough spot doesn't mean all your progress is in vain. And she was right. You can let a bump put you off the road completely or you can hold on tight to God and what you know is true and grow from it. It reminds me of Philippians 1:6 where Paul tells us that He who began a good work in you will complete it. The communication skills we had learned were still there. And that evening our family did use them to work through our issue.

I was also reminded that we as followers of Christ are in a spiritual war for our families and how am I fighting for my family. Am I taking my thoughts captive. Is what I am feeling true? Am I tired? Am I giving the other person the benefit of the doubt? Am I praying for my family? Is my love covering a multitude of sins? Am I bringing peace to my family?

I am thankful for God's grace and love for me and my family. I am thankful for friends who are there to listen. I am thankful for a family who forgives and works things out. I am thankful for a God who never gives up on me.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for "hanging in". We love you for it.

Papaw

Chris and Julie Medley said...

I'm so glad God provided your friend at just the right time! God is so good!
Love you!
Julie