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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Intentionally strengthening friendships

A friend loves at all times... (Proverbs 17:17)

Yesterday I talked about connecting with your spouse, and being intentional about it.  Today I've been pondering what that would look like with my friendships.

Many of my friends live too far away to see regularly.  But I try to make it a habit to call them, or at least send a quick email or Facebook message, once every couple weeks or so--just to let them know I'm thinking about them.

Even more meaningful would be a handwritten note dropped in the mail.  A few cents for a stamp is worth it to brighten a friend's day.  I know how much I love getting mail (that's not a bill)!

Those friends who live nearby I try to at least chat with once a week or so.  Sometimes it's hard with busy schedules to coordinate a get-together, but it's important to make those visits work on a semi-regular basis.  Maybe if your evenings are full, you could meet a friend for breakfast, or just a cup of coffee.  Busy weekdays?  Invite another couple over for brunch after church.

This summer I not only want to intentionally nurture my relationship with my husband, but I want to be intentional about strengthening my friendships as well.

What are some ways you connect with friends, near or far?  What is your favorite way to keep in touch?

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