Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

1 John 4:11 (NLT)

It was wonderful to speak to the Pantano MOPS group this week. The enthusiasm was contagious as you entered a room filled with young moms and watched them chattering with each other, filling plates with food, and helping each other to make a craft around the tables. I spoke to them about five different relationships we share as women using stories from the Bible: mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, sisters, cousins, and friends. These relationships help fill the emotional gaps in our lives, encourage us to be more than we think we can be, and allow us to be God with skin on for each other. It is never perfect but then we aren’t either. Yet, there is nothing like a girlfriend to unburden the cares or sorrow of our days or rejoice with us in the unexpected surprises or blessings that come our way. Let’s be each other’s cheerleaders and companions in our walk to know God; it is so much easier with a friend!