“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” ~William Arthur Ward
Are you blessed with good friends?
People who believe in you, encourage you, and point you toward hope when you don’t have any of your own?
Are you a good friend?
Do Your Friends Have These Characteristics? Do You? 10 Ways to Know…
1. Loves and cares about you.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 1 John 4:11
2. Listens to you.
“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” ~Ed Cunningham
3. Tells the truth and is trustworthy.
“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
4. Compliments you but doesn’t flatter.
5. Gives you personal space.
“Balanced relationships are always based in freedom, not obligation.” ~Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
6. Forgives you.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
7. Appreciates you and tells you so.
8. Is real and accepts the real you.
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9. Celebrates and cries with you.
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
10. Respects you.
“Life has taught me that respect, caring and love must be shared, for it’s only through sharing that friendships are born.” ~Donna A Favors
More Friendship Quotes
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.” ~George Eliot
“Friends—they’re kind to each other’s hopes. They cherish each other.” ~Author Unknown
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” ~Henri Nouwen
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ~Jim Rohn
“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 Swindoll
Good friends make you laugh, make you smile, and just make life more fun!
Thank you for being my Friend!
Now it’s time to go…
3rd Week in June 2015
Ifeoma Samuel pours herself out at Purposeful and Meaningful–
Appreciating and Living a Life Full of God’s Love
Ifeoma, a Veterinarian, says she stands for:
“No person is better than the other. What privileges and
opportunities we enjoy are purely from God and For God.
So, I should use my God given gifts to bless those around me.“
Her post – 3 Strategies for Intentional Living
will encourage you to “dig deeper into what is most important in life.”
Becky Hastings writes My Ink Dance.
She says, “I realized in this crazy dance of life that I’d
rather get the steps wrong than sit on the sidelines with an
empty dance card. So I’m here exploring life through
writing and writing through life.“
I loved her post – It’s Time to Stop Living Life in the Middle.
It will both bless and inspire you.
I promise it will make you think.
Betsy DeCruz is the writer of Faith Spilling Over –
Getting God’s Word in, so Our Faith Can Spill Out
She says about her writing, “I try to open my eyes wider
to seebeyond my crazy, stress-filled moments and
recognizethe gifts God gives me every day.”
If you’ve ever had a stinky attitude you’ll want to read
her post – What To Do When Your Attitude Stinks.
Her honesty will motivate you and make you smile.
This week’s Top Pic is a rainbow, because I’m trying
to listen to Betsy and see beauty in spite of the rain.
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