Daughters of Promise November/December 2014 - Page 27

Streamline activities by mixing responsibilities with recreation. For example spend a day cooking a week’s worth of dinners together. P- PACE your relationship. Trust requires time. There is a direct correlation to closeness and time spent together. When developing friendship, be confident of your new friend’s level of confidentiality before sharing your areas of vulnerability. Guarding your heart in healthy ways helps friendships to flourish. L- LISTEN to what is being said and what is not being said. Sometimes messages are mixed. Have you ever asked a friend how they’re doing and they say the standard, “I’m fine” but become misty eyed at the same time? Sometimes a kind invitation is all someone needs to share. “You look upset, sure everything is alright?” E- ENJOY. Focus on mutually enjoyable activities and have fun together. Be aware of relationships that become burdensome. Ponder the reasons for the heaviness and resolve when possible. Relationships are meant to enhance our life. We are naturally drawn to those we have things in common with. As we grow and change our friendships will also grow and change. Healthy friendships provide support, affirmation and fun. Ecclesiastics 6:14 “ A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such has found a treasure.” Photography by Kristi Smucker -27-