Is there a MOPS group where you live? Does your library host a children’s story hour? What about free art classes for kids? Go! Say hello to another mom. What if she’s a new best friend waiting to be found?
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘You too? I thought I was the only one.’” C.S. Lewis
Convenience has replaced our need to ask neighbors for daily assistance. Go old school, like your grandma used to have to do. Walk over to a neighbor’s house, knock on her door and ask to borrow a couple [ofeggs from the woman you’ve waved at but never met. Imagine the neighborly goodness that could blossom when you go back later with a plate of cookies made with the borrowed eggs.
You were invited to a party where something is being sold and you are sure you’re not going to buy anything. Go anyway. Learn something new. Chat with the other women. Enjoy the samples. You can keep your wallet in your purse. It’s okay. I did this three years ago and connected with a woman from church that I’d been wanting to get to know for some time. I liked the sample so much I ended up hosting a party six months later and purchased the starter kit.
We pray about things that really matter to us. So why not pray about finding true friends? Better yet, why not meet with a few friends and pray together? When our children were young, I bravely approached a woman at church whom I admired. I asked if she could pray with me because I was going through some rough stuff. We met on a Tuesday morning at 9 and another woman I barely knew joined us. The three of us felt immediately connected and decided to meet again the next Tuesday, and the next. We met for 15 years. We prayed for ourselves, our husbands and our children and we saw God answer so many prayers. Best of all, we became friends who are knit together in love.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” I John 4:11
Be sure to check out Robin’s new book, “Becoming Us,” available May 7!