friendship

The Power of Encouraging Words

One encouraging comment holds the power to change our perspective. An aptly spoken word can lift our head and lighten our load. I recently experienced that power of encouragement, involving shoes. But the truth penetrates much deeper than thoughts on footwear. With my size-eleven feet, shoe shopping is not my favorite thing to do, but I needed a new pair of black flats for work. I hit the stores [Read more...]

Being Brave Together

My three-year-old son, Barrett, squealed with delight as the waves of the Gulf Coast waters washed over his feet. A full year passed since his last jaunt in the ocean. Even though he grew bigger between visits, the swell of the water a few yards in still intimidated him. He wanted to go deeper, but the fear of what his eyes saw kept him on the shore. My husband scooped him up and headed toward [Read more...]

The Progression from Play Date to Besties

In the normal rhythms of my day, I meet many women. I have at least one thing in common with most of them. If we meet at work, we share a professional background. Meeting at church means we have faith in common. Playground friendships grow from the mutuality of motherhood. In all the meeting and greeting, how does one go from acquaintance to best friend? I recently experienced this transition [Read more...]

The Gift of Disagreement

When we moved into our house, an empty spot by the front door begged for a little table. I needed a spot for my keys, incoming mail, and outgoing library books. I meandered through the furniture section of a local thrift store searching for just the right piece. I found my little table on the end of an aisle. It looked pitiful, an old garden bench with peeling, tacky teal paint. I loaded up my [Read more...]

#FridayFive Top Five

Recently, a precious friend stepped down from a leadership position in a ministry where I serve. When she messaged me to let me know, she wanted to make sure our friendship remained intact. The first thing that came to my mind were the lyrics to Michael W. Smith’s “Friends are Friends Forever,” circa 1987. And friends are friends forever If the Lord’s the Lord of them And [Read more...]

True Confessions of a Bad Friend (A Never Unfriended Book Review)

I have a history of difficult friendships. In my early years, I would go so far as characterizing myself as a bad friend. A sampling of my friendship highlight reel: When a small group of friends failed to do things my way at a birthday party, I hid in the closet until they all left. It was my own birthday party. I called a really sweet girl an ugly name behind her back—and to her face. A [Read more...]

The Blessing of Crumbs on the Floor

Today I’m pleased to share my Listen Love Repeat story on Karen Ehman’s blog. This is the second of three guest post winners of our LLR launch team contest. (Read my full review of Listen Love Repeat here.) I’d like to tell you a story about the most powerful crumbs I ever came across. They are as precious to me as gold dust in a miner’s pan. By now they are long gone but [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor (but Who is My Neighbor?)

One thing I love about living in the south is the cultural hospitality. I’m sure it exists in other parts of the country, but around these parts, casseroles and coffee cake are a love language. My fondest memory of love baked at 350° was after the birth of my first baby. I came home from the hospital on Mother’s Day. I found a casserole in my fridge and a Mother’s Day card on [Read more...]

The Gift of Presence

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” Thich Nhat Hanh Not many things motivate me to reach into a toilet. Through a series of mishaps involving my potty training three-year-old, his blankie, and my phone, my most prized electronic device took the plunge. My floating phone was enough to make me reach in the germ infested water without so much as an, “Ew, [Read more...]

The Power Found in the Faith of a Friend

After a difficult week of doing the hard work sometimes required in marriage, I picked up my phone to find a voice message from a friend. A few months before, we made a covenant to pray for one another’s marriages weekly. That week, I didn’t feel like praying. Hope seemed too far away. However, as she prayed, hope traveled the hundreds of miles from her home to mine. Without knowing how much [Read more...]