Running the race can wear us down, tire us out, even overwhelm us at times. We all need encouragement from someone who understands, a high five to keep us going. High Five Moms – encouragement for the journey!
Today I will be starting a new series with a great group of ladies, called High Five Moms. Each week we will all be posting on a given topic. I have personally been encouraged by these ladies and I know you will be as well. Please stop by and visit them!
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I am not a “people person”. Large crowds overwhelm me. I’m not shy, I just prefer an intimate chat with a single friend over a large get-together with lots of friends. I guess that’s why I love this verse.
iron sharpeneth iron
one on one
Just the two working to make each better.
I have spent a lot of time over the years making friends. My husband is in the Air Force and we have moved several times over the years. I am always amazed at the people the Lord puts on my path. I have to laugh at myself though, because some of the very people who I would have never *picked* to be my friends are my most cherished friends today.
For instance, I have one friend that I met while I was a homeschool group leader several years ago. When I first met her, I didn’t feel a connection between us. In fact, I often felt that she “didn’t like me”. Don’t ask me why. We were just different and I was OK with that. But over time, our paths continued to cross and my heart grew founder of her. When I would spend time with her, I didn’t see our differences any longer, but rather our mutual love for the Lord.
I love the fact that we can live across the world from each other, and yet she still sharpens my countenance. I love that she writes at the beginning of her emails “I only have a few minutes so I will have to keep this short”, then proceeds to write a page long email pouring out her love for the Lord and His ways, always encouraging, always a joyful spirit. Her words make me want to strive to love the Lord more, encourage others more, be joyful MORE.
Our friendships should bring us closer to the Lord, spurring us on to good works.
That’s what it’s all about.
Iron sharpening iron.