Monday, July 29, 2013

Life together.

This is one of my very favorite quotes.
“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Lately I've been thinking so much about who we, as a family, spend our time with.  When the choice is ours, who do we choose to surround ourselves with? Is it with fellow parents that encourage us to make right choices, is it older friends that smile and say "yep, I've been there, this to shall pass, and enjoy those moments now while you have them"? Is it mamas that share in each other struggles, is it an invitation to a family dinner or a lunch out after church?

"Hey baby, can I hitch a ride?"

Sometimes life can be hard. Sometimes our children are sick, or our husbands are working, or our daughter cuts a chunk of her hair out and throws a bowl of salsa on our dress in the middle of a restaurant... And sometimes I'm tired. Sometimes I would just love a little peace and quiet. And sometimes when I hear my name being shouted across the house because so & so took my such & such, I just don't care. Truly. I don't.

The point is, that life can be hard, and it is not meant to be lived alone. We need people to walk with us. We need friendships. We need encouragement and understanding. And we need to be saying to each other, "hang in there, you're doing a good job".

This summer, a bunch of mamas and children from our church have gotten together at least once a week, to hang out and share a little of our lives. We've done parks, and picnics, and splash pads and swimming pools. We've been purposeful in how we spend our days and our time, and with whom we spend our days and our time.

 This past week, we had a little water day party to celebrate our friendships and the summer. There was a slip and slide, a baby pool, a water balloon fight, beach bingo, a huge rain storm, and lots and lots of delicious food!


As we go through this life together, we celebrate the life we've been given and the people that God has brought into our lives. We celebrate birthdays, and new babies, new jobs, and new homes, and we celebrate that this little boy that has been seizure free for one year.


And we do our best, to do our best. To all of you parents out there trying to raise well behaved, mannerly children, who show respect and kindness and love, keep up the good work. It's hard, and you're not alone.

And to our friends that we share our lives with, you guys are great parents. We are so blessed to call you our friends. Your children are a wonderful reflection of how you love Christ, and seek to follow Him, and you're doing a great job!
 “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”
―Charles R. Swindoll

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