Real, authentic friendships are deep and messy. And while it sometimes means sitting with you in the difficult places, it also means having the courage to ask you to move beyond the minimum and embrace your potential. A few months ago, a friend of mine challenged me to face some things in my life that I’ve been avoiding for well over a decade. It feels like the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Thus far it has been a little messy… I wish I was handling it with greater finesse and maturity. But the truth is I don’t know how to healthily deal with these things; it’s why I have to have the humility and strength to say I need help in the first place!  And I need to give myself grace as I struggle through the process. It’s going to take a little while to heal but I feel encouraged because I know I’ve got people around me who will walk with me, continue to love me and who want the freedom that’s sitting on the other side of this for me. I’m excited for that.

That’s what friendship looks like to me. You see my brokenness, you see my struggle and you say “That’s not who you are; it doesn’t define you. You are more than that; ‘we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.’”

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