I love my family. The awesome thing about family is that they love you unconditionally. You can be your complete self around them, and they accept you. Family is always in your corner and cheering you on. I’ve especially felt the love of my family during my recent move to a city where I hardly knew anyone and accepted a job that is super stressful. Throw on top of that a tinge of heartache and you’ve got a trying last couple of months! But thank goodness for the family to lean on hundreds of miles away. I know their prayer and positive words and thoughts are sustaining me.
In addition to my family I’ve had the second-best thing to help me out as well, great friends who are like family. People who will listen to me babble on the phone and tell me the things I may not want to hear. I encourage you to lean on your family; and if you’re estranged…reconnect. Life is too short not to be on good terms with our family. And if you don’t have any close family find some good friends and lean on them. But make sure these friends are adding to your life and not taking away, building you up and not holding you back. There’s a ton of great scripture on friendship:
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:12-15)
Hi! I'm Marilyn!