Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good Friends

From the book "Out of the Spin Cycle" by Jen Hatmaker

"Friends help you uphold the heavy responsibility of motherhood and remind you you're not crazy. They don't complain when your kids interrupt your phone conversation every 12 seconds. They gladly enter the parenting discussions that our husbands lose patience with after only the fourth time. Friends don't even bat an eye when you burst out crying for no good reason.......

If we are to love each other like Jesus loved us, then it makes practical sense to band together during young motherhood. Because- like Jesus does-we'll end up loving each other when we're crazy, burned out, hysterical, and exhausted. We'll stand by one another during the most neurotic phase of parenting there is. We won't let a member of our tribe slip under the radar or get swallowed by isolation. We share the the burden of parenting, making it lighter for everyone to carry. We'll remind our friends to laugh and call forward the best in each other.
Motherhood is the task that brings us together, but love is the glue that binds us together. If we're too busy to love each other like this, then we're too busy. We need our friends. We need their counsel and companionship; they need our compassion and comic relief. "You must love one another," said Jesus.
We really must."

Just saying....

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