One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible about friendship comes from Proverbs 18:24. It offers this beautiful description of a friend as one who “is closer than a brother.” It’s interesting how we find ourselves in this season of life where we truly view our friends as dear brothers and sisters. Not that we haven’t felt that way in the past, but God has brought some exceedingly beautiful people into our lives who we truly consider as close to us as our blood related relatives. I think friendship is one of the most precious gifts our Father has created for his children. I can think of few things that bring me as much laughter, camaraderie, joy, support, love, and accountability as a faithful Christian friend.
We (the Bean family) feel that this year is going to be a pivotal one in our lives. We say that every year, but there are things happening and dreams that we are actively chasing that have the potential to make 2014 the year that we look back on as the beginning of a new way of life and a new path in life that we never dared dream was possible until now. We look forward to the time to share that dream and plan with everyone, but right now, we have only shared with some of our closest inner circle. I can’t express in words what a deep joy and treasure it is to have people alongside us who support our dreams, trust in God’s calling on our lives, and who pray for us and challenge us every time we are together. There are many times where we think about what God has called us to do and we get scared. Scared of the unknowns, the what-ifs, and the hows. It is in those moments, though, that we can lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ and be reminded of His promises to be faithful, to provide, to guide, and to astound us with what is possible when a life is completely submitted to Him. We aren’t there yet, completely submitted, I mean, but with friends like this family and others by our sides, we are spurred along toward the prize that God has called us to.
That said, I want to share with you the pictures from last weeks session with the Lawson family. This passionate God-fearing family is one of a handful of friends who have graciously allowed us to be transparent with our dreams, our shortcomings, our struggles, and our rejoicing and have loved us all the while. Our friendship began slowly and eventually grew into something that I can only describe as a gift from God. There is a blessed joy that comes from “doing life” along side other families who love us and are committed to following Christ no matter what He calls them to do. While distance is not on our sides right now (we live 16 long car riding hours from each other), I have no doubt at all that God will somehow interweave our paths again as we seek to live with abandon.