*NOTE: These blessings are not in a particular order. I am counting blessings as I feel blessed by them, not in order of importance.*
Today at church was our annual Spaghetti Feed. This was the first time that I was able to attend it. I am glad that I did. I have been blessed by my church so much. Just being there warms my heart. But my church is not really the blessing that I wanted to talk about tonight.
I came home tonight, as I have other nights from church, feeling like I belong. What a great feeling! And it's even better to know that it is God's presence that creates that feeling. I have made lots of friends at church. Some closer relationships than others. There are two people that stand out the most to me. In this blog I want to talk about one of them.
Have you ever had one of those friends, as an adult, that you can be silly with? I mean, really silly? I think of how silly we get just when we are at church and wonder how silly we would get if we were together during the week. It's fun to have a friendship like that. It's relaxing also to know that you can be stupid and she won't care because she's busy being stupid herself!
What makes a good friendship? Honesty and trust are two things that I think are important in all relationships. Being able to relax with each other is a must. Relax in ways like I described before, to be silly. Or to relax in each others presence. To be comfortable with each other enough to just....relax. I also think that a good friendship needs to be comforting. Even if you don't get to talk about your problems, it's nice to know that if you did they would be heard with a sympathetic ear. A friendship also needs love. Without love, how can there be a friendship? Those are called acquaintances.
I am thankful to God for giving me a relationship that has all of these qualities. I have been blessed to find someone after so long of searching, that I can be ME when I am with her. The silly me, the goofy me and the little girl me. She's still here, she's hiding inside and it took a gift from God to make her come out to play!
So I am saying thank you Lord Jesus for allowing me to have a friendship with Shannon.