Five Minute Friday :: Friend

5minutefridaySo every once in a while, I link up with the lovely people over at Five Minute Friday.  We get our writing prompt from the Amazing Lisa-Jo Baker and then we write for 5 minutes, non-stop, no editing, no back-tracking.  I thought I would participate today since I am apparently slacking again on the ol’ site.  If you want to participate, click here.  

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Friend is a very emotional word for me.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but it’s true.  When I hear that word, when I see it, when I say it, my heart feels this thud, this dull ache, and at the same time this incredible joy.  How is that so?  Well, for most of my life I have been fortunate to know a lot of great people, to even befriend them.  But I haven’t been that great at being a real friend.  And it took some major upheaval in my life to make me see that.  So the dull ache, the thud in my heart, comes from that place, that lesson I had to learn the hard way.  At the same time, my heart skips a beat when I realize that He is my friend.  It does this little happy dance when I sit in the realization that He wants to be my friend – that He calls me His friend.  I can learn a lot from Him about friendship, about relationship, about life.  I want to be an amazing friend – someone who feels the need to show love and grace more than the need to correct or fix others.  I want to be the kind of friend that is comfortable with the silence, the distance or the space needed at different times in life.  I especially want to be the kind of friend that He was  and is – always gracious, always forgiving, always loving and always present.  It’s the least I can do for others, right?  It’s what He does for me.

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About Mary Hess

Mary is a creative spirit, gifted speaker, loyal wife and loving mother dedicated to furthering the message and mission of Jesus. A Kentucky native living in Summerville, South Carolina, Mary is an active member of New Day Community Church – where she serves on staff as a Pastoral Assistant and Director of Event & Communication. When she’s not working, Mary enjoys reading, blogging and spending time with her husband and two children. And coffee. She really loves coffee.

Comments

  1. Hi Mary! So glad to find your site through FMF. :D I completely agree with your words today. I want to be an amazing friend, too…and so many times I fail. And I see that more the older I get. I’m also forever grateful for the friend I have in Jesus…knowing He is my greatest example and the only One I can ever truly count on in everything. How hopeless like would be without Him…and how hopeless I was before I met Him. I’m going to poke around your lovely site now…I already love you because we share another friend…Mr. Coffee. ;)

    • Meredith! Hello. :) Glad you stopped by. Thank you for your kind words and I’m so happy your poking around the site. And yay! for a fellow coffee lover. I’ll pop over and check out your place too. x

  2. How honest this piece is. I applaud you for that. Sometimes we are not the best of friends and that is a reality we need to face about ourselves. Sometimes we need to be low to see how good we have got it or figure out our needs. Love this. Glad I stopped by.

  3. Hi Mary, great post! I agree, the best thing we can be to our friends is to love them like Jesus loves us. I looked around your blog and I, too have a 17 yr. old daughter, her name is Mary:) and I, too love COFFEE!

    • Hi Jamie! Wow. That’s cool we have those things in common. (I’m sitting here sipping my 3pm coffee treat as I type this.) Thanks for stopping by! x

  4. Kariss Lynch says:

    Love this honesty! The nearer we draw to God the more He refines us into His likeness. Keep pursuing Him!

  5. This was really beautiful and hit the bulls eye.