"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too?
I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis
Nine years ago my husband and I moved back to our hometown after finishing college and discovered we had very few friends our age left! Almost everyone we'd graduated high school with had moved on.
I was hungry for new friendships. I remember being very specific when I brought my prayers before God. I wanted women of faith who were on fire for the Lord.
When our oldest daughter was eighteen months old I began attending an ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) class and little did I know, my prayers were about to be answered and God was getting ready to pour out more of His blessings on my life.
The ECFE class was designed for children my daughter's age and the moms in the class were all in the same life stage as me. A couple of them had known each other for a while and they were just starting up a ministry called MOPS (Mothers of Preschooler). One of the moms, Beka, asked me if I'd be interested in giving it a try. I didn't even hesitate.
I was convinced MOPS was the best idea ever imagined even before I walked in the door. A room full of moms coming together twice a month to eat, fellowship and grow together - could it get any better? Between ECFE and MOPS, my tank was starting to fill up. For the first time in years I felt exactly like C.S. Lewis' quote: "What! You, too? I thought I was the only one."
I've been in MOPS and ECFE for seven years now and I've made more friendships than I ever dreamed possible. I'm honored to walk along side these phenomenal women as they mother their children and I'm always amazed when a woman reaches out in friendship to me. I'm even more blessed when I can reach out to someone else.
Not only did I make great friends, but it turns out these lovely ladies have fantastic husbands, too! Some of my hubby's best friendships have come from my involvement in MOPS. There's nothing better than to have friendships with couples when the husbands and the wives get along.
I'm convinced that life is much better when it's lived with friends.
From left: Beka & Sarah (from that first ECFE Class!) and Lindsay, from an early MOPS year, and me.
I wish I could put pictures up of all my friends; you each have a special place in my heart.
What about you? Where have you made friends? Are you in a season of prayer for friendship?