Monday, April 4, 2011

Have You Lost Touch with Your Friends? Five Friendship Fixes

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How long has it been since you’ve gotten together with your girlfriends--just for mom time??

As a mom, time is in short supply and responsibilities abound. Investing time in relationships can seem almost frivolous when it comes at the premium price of time spent away from our families. But deep, authentic, Christ-centered friendships are blessings from God.

Through our friendships, we bear one another’s burdens.
We laugh with each other.
Make no mistake: True friendships are not cheap. They cost time and emotional resources. In return, the deep life connections that link you with other women will encourage you in your mothering, enabling you to be the best mom you can be.

In this season of mothering, do you feel like you’ve lost touch with your friends? Try one of these five fixes to reconnect.

  1. Plan a girls’ night. Leave the dads in charge and go out for the evening just to talk. Find a restaurant that doesn’t mind if you monopolize a table, and be sure to leave your server a good tip!
  2. Teleconference. Coordinate your children’s naptimes and then talk via telephone while the kids sleep. If you think you need to be doing something more constructive, fold the laundry or iron while you chat.
  3. Care package. When my friend Sherry moved away, I missed her terribly. Knowing she was struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, I sent a care package that included some of her favorite things. I gained as much joy putting it together as she did in receiving it.
  4. A weekend retreat. Wouldn’t it be fun to take a weekend trip with some friends you haven’t seen in a while? Keep it simple when you make sure travel time is under three hours.
  5. Take a class. With a friend, sign up for a weekly class offered by your church or local community college. You’ll enjoy a scheduled, girl-time each week, and who knows? You might make some new friends, too!

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