Today's blog is just a little tribute to my friends. You know who you are.
I have been blown away lately by the fruit of my friendships. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise to me that my friends do awesome things, because they are awesome people.
Specifically, I have been experiencing this type of sweetness:
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel. Prov 27:9
I'll be honest (aren't I usually?). I am an introvert and I have a "gift of criticism" and am way harder on myself than I am on anyone else.
The combination of these things makes it easy for me to be alone, to not let people into what I am going through, to not ask for advice, and to not have a teachable spirit. However, the teacher/artist/writer in me is more comfortable talking about life issues after I have worked through them and have a good handle on it and can communicate about it in a way that I think will encourage others.
(I also am incredibly dependent on the Holy Spirit to temper these qualities in my life and continually transform me to be more like Jesus. If any good comes from me, I know it's because of that.)
All this to say, I am bowed over with gratefulness at the wisdom and graciousness my friends have been providing me recently. In fact, if I am a tree and their response to the things I've been going through is snow, it'd probably look something like this:
Which I think is kindof beautiful.
Well, maybe it's not the best analogy or picture of it, but in my mind it works and Donald Miller says to write for yourself, so there.
Friends, I love you and cherish you and as cheesy as it sounds, I hope I can be the kind of friend to you that you are to me.
By the way- don't ever hire me to get more traffic for your website. A few weeks ago, I was only 40 hits behind my sisters' blog, and though I started my counter several months after I started blogging and I knew I had her beat, I still felt like the numbers should prove it. So, I started a campaign to beat her to 3000 hits. I mean, I have more than double the FB friends, so this should've been no problem. Now she is at 3050 and I'm at 2691. Something went really wrong there!!