Tonight is ChicagoNow's Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm.
Our topic for tonight is:
“Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.”
I have several habits I would like to start. Here's a short list:
- Exercise daily
- Read my Bible daily
- Write a blog post at least once per week
- Return to serving in a ministry at church at least once per month
Those habits and routines would benefit me greatly. I have to choose to make those happen, but probably not all at the same time!
However, there is one habit I've started and look forward to continuing for a long, long time. I absolutely love meeting with a friend for lunch, or going out for a "girls" night out.
Going out with a group can be fun, but I really prefer meeting with one friend at a time. That way I can focus my attention on one person.
Last Monday, I was blessed to meet with my friend, Heather. Heather and I met through church, and we both have a passion for leading and/or participating in musical worship.
After leaving my home church 18 months ago, Heather and I had only conversed on Facebook. Finally, we were able to set up a time to get together.
We met at the local Panera and chatted while we ate. Getting together with a friend like Heather is the best therapy I could ask for.
We talk about real things - life, being working moms after being stay-at-home-moms, mom meltdowns and how life can be a nasty piece of work at times.
There is no judgement between us; there is no fakey-fakey, no passive-aggressive nonsense, no one-upmanship. It's two real women with not-so-perfect lives who need someone to vent to, laugh with, and laugh at once in a while!
I'm immensely blessed to have several of these women in my life; Char, Carm, Heather, Alison and Susan to name a few. There are other ladies, much younger than I, that I thoroughly enjoy, too - Hannah and Kelly come to mind right away.
We laugh, we share, we care, we pray, we support one another and genuinely enjoy each other's company.
Each unique woman brings a unique perspective and point of view. Some are married, some aren't. Some have kids, some don't. Some are the same age as I, some are young enough to be my own kids.
As I've gotten older, I've realized that we women need each other. We need to stop trying to find fault in each other; rather, we need to be lifting each other up and helping each other.
Through loving one another, each of us grows stronger and is better equipped to handle life. What a HUGE blessing!
That is why lunch with friends is one habit I never want to break.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
What habit do love or hate?
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