I recently had some alone time while on a walk. I typically love this alone time, but I was only about about two minutes in when suddenly…I was yearning for a companion with some real conversation.
Y’all. This is like a big stinkin’ deal. I’m not joking when I say I crave solo walks that give my brain and me a chance to get on the same wavelength. But I’ve actually been praying (miracle! I still haven’t given given up yet), and I’ve been fiercely praying for a few friends, and a few situations where I could develop some deeper friendships. And then I realized: Oh My God (seriously. God.) He is changing my heart. I’m desiring these intentional relationships. I want people to come over for dinner (ok, not all the time, but still). Normally, I’m an an introvert. And I’m not going to stop being an introvert (I need my alone time; it recharges me). But God is responding to my prayers and changing my heart for relationship with others.
I’ve especially been praying about fellow women. One young woman I could more intentionally mentor. Another woman new in her faith journey. A group of women who would want to grow in Bible study together. A sister-in-law and sister. Neighbors. And of course my bestie, who just gave birth again two weeks ago (Jesus, give that baby long stretches of sleep at night). I’m praying big things for these women’s lives. And I’m praying big things for my friendships with these women. And…I’m getting a teeny bit impatient, y’all.
“If you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Well, here it is, God.
I’ve been intentionally looking for ways to build up my fellow women warriors. A note of encouragement to someone I haven’t talked to in years. A simple compliment – not related to physical appearance. Extra time in conversation to really hear her. And I’m craving more.
I’m looking for women who want to take their prayers to the next level. Women who laugh at the “I Mom So Hard” duo. Women who want to grow in Bible study together (like once every 2-3 weeks, y’all. I’m not that crazy. Remember? In-tro-vert.). A woman who doesn’t say she’s “fine” when, let’s be honest, we are NOT fine. (Emotions. Ugh.) Women who encourage me and push me in my relationship with Jesus, and want me to do the same for them. Women who want to do more than just talk about Jesus, like go on a walk or do a Yoga with Adriene video in the basement. Women who talk crap about their husbands driving them bananas, then bragging on what incredible men they are, just two short minutes later (it’s normal and healthy).
I wanna get some intentional friendships FOR REAL. Our lives are too full of superficial to not say yes.