Monday, March 23, 2015

Spiritual Sisters

Today I am guest posting at Fumbling Toward Grace. The beautiful Sarah is busy moving from one home to another, all with three small children! God bless her! I pray that she and her family have a smooth transition. I was excited when Sarah asked me to guest post for her. I knew what I wanted to write about, how friendship with women has made me a better person. Below is the beginning of my post.

I am an only child. I was born to a teenage mother and absent father. I grew up in my grandparent's home. My grandmother was often depressed and angry. I was her verbal dart board; her words pierced my flesh again and again throughout the years I spent in her home.

The holes of the wounds left me damaged, pocked and ugly. Insecure and unsure, my thin skin let every negative comment and unkind look from others seep into my heart.

Friendships were not easy for me. Through the years, I developed relationships with a handful of girls that I sort of trusted. I enjoyed their company, but I always kept them at a distance, waiting for them to realize how unlikable I was, waiting for them to wound me, too. Often, I struck first by being cold or mouthy, pushing them towards the path that I was so sure they would eventually take. The path that led away from me.

By the grace of God, a couple of these girls stuck with me and through them I added a few more friends to my circle. Most of these girls had grown up in Christian households and faith was a part of their life. I know God placed these girls in my life. He knew I needed them.

You can read the full post at Fumbling Toward Grace.
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