Friends are like Seashells

“Friends are like seashells, you pick them up along the way.”

 

I saw this quote in the house of a family friend and I completely agree! In life we go through different seasons, and in each season we meet different people. If you a parent to young children you will most likely make friends with parents who have young children as well. If you are single you will meet other friends who are single. If you are dating or married, you will meet other couples. I’m not saying none of these groups can intermix, but you tend to gravitate toward people who are most like you or are in a similar stage of life as you.

 

Going on trips, playing on a recreation sports league team, joining a small group at church, any of these situations is a prime location to meet new friends. I have countless stories of people I have met along my journey of life, some I still keep in touch with, others who will always be a memory, and each person has added value to me as the person I am today.

 

The most recent friend I have met is a wonderful girl named Jessica. She and I first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We sat next to each other on a blanket in the grass and began talking and immediately hit it off. It wasn’t until a couple months later that we saw each other again, but it took us a bit to figure out why we looked familiar to the other. We randomly sat next to each other in church one Sunday. After we figured out we had first met at the birthday party we exchanged numbers and have been friends ever since. When I think of meeting friends coming in different seasons this is one of the friends I think of. She and I were going through very similar life events and could relate to one another and we still do! I for sure know this was a divine appointment set up by God!

 

Even though we meet new friends along the way, I have a handful of friends I have known the majority of my life and even after all these years, if we go months without seeing or talking to each other when we do get together we pick up right where we left off. This happened this weekend! We had a bachelorette party for a friend I have known since kindergarten and a mix of girls I grew up with in elementary and high school and even college all came together to celebrate her and it was wonderful! We all picked up right where we left off just as though no time had passed. That’s when I know it’s a genuine friendship when if feels as though no time has past when you see each other again. Cherish those friends in your life.

Jesus is our friend. He says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends for everything that I learned from the Father I have made known to you.” John 15:13-15

Are you making friends along your journey of life? Are you cherishing the ones you have made years ago and even recently? Do you see Jesus as a friend? It’s important to surround yourself with good people. They help shape you into the person you are today!

Collect those seashells!

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One Year Older

I just recently celebrated my birthday. Some dread this day because it means they are another year older. Others get excited and look forward to being another year older. I look at it as another year of opportunities and adventures!

 

With each new year there are new expectations. For me it seems those are to be married, have children, be in a career working full time, but what if that’s not what the plan is for my life? What if God has other plans?

 

I am newly 28 years old and I have many friends who are married, have children and I have none of those. I have been in 2 weddings this year and will have attended and been invited to about 8 just in this year alone! I am at “that age” people tell me. And you know what??? I am very happy with where I am in life. I do desire to be married and have children one day and I know it will happen for me, but not yet.

 

I can tell you that with each year it gets better and better. This year I have discovered who I am and what God wants me to do and I am launching my own business! I don’t have my own family, but I do have parents who love and support me, family and friends who stand beside me, and a God who will never leave my side or let me down. I would have to say I am pretty blessed and happy where my life is now and where it is going.

 

I know from the outside looking in I am not where society says I should be and that is more than ok. I am NOT OF THIS WORLD and I am following the one who made me the way I am. I am trusting in his plans for my life and I know with each year, because I am trusting in Jesus, my life gets better and better.

 

How are you viewing each of your years? Are you going into your next year of life with goals? Are you excited for all you can accomplish? Are looking forward to your next adventure? Are you happy where you are? Whether you just had a birthday or it is months away, it is never too late to make this your best year yet!

 

I am 28 and feeling great! : )

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(Today is my brother’s birthday! Shout out to Chris! May this be your best year ever!)

 

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:3

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

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Best Friends Forever!!!

What comes to mind when you hear the word relationship?

Family. I think of this past weekend when I was able to meet up with my cousins to go surfing. I think of my mom and dad coming down to San Diego spending time and money to move me into my new place. I think of camping in Yosemite.

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Friends. I think of all the friends I have met all over the world. I think of hiking to the top of a mountain in the Philippines in a monsoon with my friend by my side the whole time.  I think of traveling to Colorado to see a dear friend, camping, hiking, and sharing our hearts with one another. I think of training for a triathlon, swimming in the bay side by side.

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But most importantly I think of Jesus. I think of sitting in a storage closet in Cambodia and Jesus being with me. I think of walking through the Red Light District and Jesus being with me. I think of God creating the ocean for me to enjoy. I think of Jesus not only being my best friend, but also the lover of my soul.

Jesus wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to be the one we go to when we are having a hard day. He wants to be the one we laugh with. He wants to be the one to hike a mountain with us.

Let’s get rid of this idea of religion and focus on the relationship. Religion is law; relationship is love. It’s all about love with Jesus. He doesn’t care if you recite a prayer correctly, or go to church every Sunday. He doesn’t tell us to do something and THEN we will receive his love. There is no ultimatum. Jesus already paid the price. We don’t have to earn his love. We need to open up our hands and receive it.

He wants a relationship with you. When you are in a relationship with someone you want to spend time with them, right? That’s what Jesus wants with you.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139: 7-10

“For great is your love towards me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86:13

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

What does your relationship with Jesus look like?

 

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (BFF!!!)

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