One of the things I am most thankful for this year is friendship. I am so blessed to have amazing friends who love and support me through everything. They are a community, really…we get to do life together and for that I’m so grateful. I think most people have some type of community they belong to, but not everyone has the type of friends that you can show your stuff to, the not so pretty, crazy parts of life to (That’s been me lately, the one who is showing all her crazy 😉 ). The kind of people who pray for you, offer you grace when you’re not at your best, and ask to help you.
Before my second child, I had it more “together” and life seemed to go smoother, but isn’t that what community is all about? Letting people into your real life and doing life together. This season that we’re in has forced me to kick perfection out the window and to be more authentic with family and friends. And honestly, it feels good to let people in. Into the chaos, into the mess, into the joy and laughter that comes when you let go. To know I don’t have to be perfect to be accepted and loved by others. To know I will be offered grace when I mess up. To accept help and prayers when I so desperately need it.
And this community of ours, has been a blessing in such tangible ways! They have made meal after meal, offered to watch my kiddos, been a listening ear as I tell of my sleepless nights and motherhood woes, invited me for play dates, sent countless encouraging messages, texts, cards in the mail, checked up on me time and time again. When I think about how well I am loved by my friends I just feel overwhelmingly grateful. So this is really a heartfelt thank you to all my dear friends. Thank you for your constant love and encouragement.
We weren’t made to brave this life alone. We were made to live in community.
So go out there and find your community. Go get yourself involved in people’s lives. Find a church where you can dive in and get connected. Find a MOPS group where you can be supported through motherhood. Be an encouragement to your coworkers and let them encourage you. Get to know your neighbors and do life with them. Let people into your life, let them love you and love them back.
Happy Friday, friends! Have a wonderful weekend!