I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already behind us and Christmas is in full swing! I wish time wouldn’t fly by so fast during this season that I love and treasure the most!
To say that I’m Christmas fanatic, would probably be an understatement. I will confess … I’m one of those people who starts listening to traditional holiday music before Halloween, and has to fight the urge every single day in November to not put up her Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. (Don’t worry, I waited until Friday to actually decorate for Christmas). But I guess I just secretly lump Thanksgiving and Christmas together under the umbrella of “holiday season”, because although they are in deed two very different holidays, they both embody similar meanings in my heart.
Thanksgiving – be thankful for the blessings God has given you, especially friends and family. Christmas – celebrate the birth of Jesus first and foremost, but also enjoy doing it with all those people who we were most thankful for on Thanksgiving.
You see, during this time of year, it’s not just sparkling lights and meaningful music that lifts my spirits, but also knowing how blessed I am with all the amazing people I have in my life. Of course my precious children and all of my sweet family members, but also those Christian friends God put in my life long before I even knew how much I would need them. Friends whose kindness, comfort, hugs, sweet emails, comforting scriptures and prayers sent in text messages, and supportive conversations have gotten me through some of the hardest days in my life. But what I value more than anything in the world, is the Godly wisdom they continually pour into my heart, especially on those days when my own faith feels weak.
My Proverbs 31 devotion today talks about this very subject – Godly Friends, Godly Wisdom. In the devotion, I shared how when it comes to my closest friends, I can’t help but be moved to tears at how much I respect their faith and their relationship with Jesus, and how their advice and comforting words were always laced with holy truth, gentleness and love, always capable of soothing the ache that was weighing on my heart. You see, recently I realized these people had been divinely designated to be in my life, and to be the voice of the wise during my trial, even long before I knew I would need such advice. People God blessed me with, for good times and bad. And for that I am eternally grateful.
So what makes a Godly friend who can give Godly wisdom? It’s not perfection or a great personality. It’s not never messing up, having a lot of connections, lots of great recipes or the ability to put together an outfit like a Pinterest fashion page. It’s not even one who goes to church a lot, sings in the choir, or volunteers in the children’s ministry.
A Godly friend is one who looks to God for wisdom for herself, and makes His Word a priority in her heart and life, so that she’ll be equipped when a friend needs Godly wisdom from her. Proverbs 12:26a, “The godly give good advice to their friends.” (NLT) When we make God’s Words and ways a priority, we too can be a good friend, but most importantly, a Godly friend that gives good advice, just when our sweet friends need us the most in return. And what could possibly be better than a good friend that is also a wise Godly friend? Seriously, that is one of the biggest blessings in the Christian sisterhood.
So how do you make God’s Words and ways a priority in your life so you can give Godly wisdom when your friends are in a hard place? Who has blessed you with Godly wisdom that you are most thankful for? Click here to join in on the conversation on my blog.