Just food for thought. It has nothing to do with the following post. But it's been making me think.
I was planning on writing about healing... which the Lord has been doing a lot of in my life lately... but I am actually going to write about community. But first, one thing on healing. If you, the assumed reader of my blog, are in need of healing from abuse, sexual history, addiction, or any part of your past, I highly recommend the book Invisible Bond by Barbara Wilson. Seriously changed my life. It will change yours... even if you are not dealing with some painful and debilitating parts of your past. It helped me realize the gravity of sex before marriage, and helped foster compassion in me towards people who act selfishly or unkindly because of their past. Read it. (Thank you, Brianna Gaither).
So... on to community.
My friends are some of the most beautiful people to ever walk the face of the earth. I tell you no lies. You can commence the jealousy now, because I'm going to talk about them like a proud mama talks about her first grader. They are ridiculous. I finally feel free to be myself around these girls, and I know that I can come to them with anything. But that's just the mushy stuff. They are there for the tough stuff, too. When I'm in a crappy mood, they shower me with grace and forgiveness. When I'm irresponsible or un-Christ-like, they put me in my place. They don't fluff their words for me, or give me false hope or confidence. They are genuine about themselves, and they are genuine towards me. THAT is love, people. In it's truest form. Oh, did I mention they are hilarious?! So full of joy and full of life. Love, peace, grace, joy, and freedom flow from their hearts, their lips, and their hands. Thank you, Jesus! Yes, Natalie, Suzanna, Kara, Katie, Kaci, Ali, Brianna, Shelby T., I am talking about YOU and more!
God's Love manifests itself through ^these girls^. What a blessing. I'm not deserving.