Friday, August 20, 2010

Friends

I read a really good blog from my friend Daniel today. The whole concept is that of relationships. Vulnerable, raw, authentic relationships. Quite honestly, when God's not talking to me, I think He's trying to have us rely on each other because each of us is part of His body. I've made some great friends over the last few years, and I couldn't be more grateful than I am right now. My friends have walked with me through thick and thin, valleys and mountain tops, weddings and vacations. With each passing year, I find it easier to be myself. To understand the significance of other people in my life. Of accountability. Of empowerment. I appreciate those that I re-connect with easily and often. True friendships are amazing, but can be hard to sustain because they take work and flexibility. I'm learning how to be more intentional, even when it's awkward. But being intentional pays off in good quality relationships, 6 hour conversations over coffee, running errands together, telling each other things that might be hard to hear.

I've spent some great time with close friends lately, and I wanted to include some pictures of some of the people that have had the most impact on my life.

Our sweet friends at our wedding


Pineview Buddies


Church friends at our Christmas party last year


At a church service in Guyana with Bethel


In Napa with great friends from CA who lived in GA the last few years- I am who I am because of Daniel


Groundhog Day Formal

"Mega Oh" with Matt on a bus


This guy taught me more about God's love for me than I've ever thought possible


Christina and Richie- also in Argentina


David and Tyler trying to make their eyes water 

Me and Frankie in Japan- in a way I owe her my life. 

There you have it. Some of my greatest friends in the whole world. And some of these I talk to all the time and others not near as often as I'd like. But they all make up a part of who I am today. 

1 comment:

Daniel said...

love this post on friends Mary.. trust me, you have changed my life as well :)