I believe that two of the great skills that we can learn in this life are first to treasure our friends, but more than that, to learn to be a friend who is a treasure to others.

A few days ago I had a no-good, terrible, full-of-frustration day. Probably the bottom line was that I was grumpy. I was tired. I was trying to multitask, and nothing was going smoothly. Anyway, I was grumpy. Then my friend tried to help, and I was grumpy to her. What was her response? She showed up later with a silly card of a little girl crying because her ice cream had spilled on her lap. It made me laugh—laugh at myself—and she laughed with me. Good job, Barbie!

Emily Dickinson, when pondering prosperity and fame said, “My friends are my estate.” I have to agree. True friends love you through thick and thin.

Samuel Coleridge said, “Friendship is a sheltering tree.”

It’s been said, “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today as you are. A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.” I will add, a true, godly friend is someone who sees your weaknesses and does not talk about them behind your back. She prays for you, forgives you, and stirs you up to grow.

Bryson, Debbi. 2013. The One Year Wisdom for Women Devotional: 365 Devotions through the Proverbs. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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