By Nicole Newson | March 3, 2017


 

I have this wooden board on my wall in my dining room that says, “Life is sweeter with friends & family”.  It’s located directly across from where I sit at the table so I look at it often.

 

I know some people who could say this statement couldn’t be further from the truth.  Maybe their experiences with friendships and family in their lives have caused them more stress and hardships than joy.  Maybe you are like me and this statement could potentially at times go both ways, however, I definitely believe that my life IS in fact much sweeter and joyful surrounded by good friends and family.

 

I have sweet friends who send me the most encouraging texts and scriptures right when I need it most.  I’ve been blessed to be around many moms who have kids close in age as mines, who make me feel normal when I’ve had a crazy day w/ the girls or when I feel like I’m failing as a parent.  I usually leave those conversations laughing because they’ve shared what their week was like, which sometimes is much crazier than mines.

 

I have older women who mentor and pour into me. They encourage me as a mom, wife, and a woman of God.  I also enjoy every opportunity I have to pour into others and be super transparent about life’s ups and downs.

 

One friend sent me this note below that she has written on a piece of paper by her bed. She says it keeps her going so I’ve decided to share…

 

[easy-tweet tweet=”Good morning this is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help so have a miraculous day!” user=”@JaymeHull” hashtags=”#morning #miraculous”]

 

It’s short and simple but it was right on time for me. She sent this to me at a point in my life when it felt like all MY plans seemed so out of whack. Things were not going exactly as I had envisioned.

She sent this to me at a point in my life when it felt like all MY plans seemed so out of whack. Things were not going exactly as I had envisioned.

Obviously, it was because I really needed to let go of the notion that I was actually 100% in control of everything. This is a small example of why it’s so important to have relationships that can provide accountability.

 

Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom in the future.  

Proverbs 19:20

 

God never intended for us to go through life alone.  There is so much wisdom and love out there to share with one another. It’s honestly been a journey for me on learning how to truly be a good friend.

It’s honestly been a journey for me on learning how to truly be a good friend. Pursuing passions, along with being a wife and a mom of small children, I’ve found that it takes a bit more planning, grace, and being intentional in building relationships with others.

You can, however, meet and engage with people everywhere you go. Put on a smile, give a sincere compliment, be open and engaging, send notes and cards, and genuinely ask people about themselves.

I don’t know where I heard this but it has stuck with me over the years and I try to keep this thought in mind every day….”Your next best friend is out there somewhere in the world.”

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Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised as a military child, Nicole has lived in multiple places around the world. She has been married to her college sweetheart Wesley for eleven years and is currently a stay at home mom of two beautiful daughters. She enjoys volunteering, mission work, watching documentaries, and reading. Nicole has always had a passion for books and writing and has a goal to publish her own line of children books. She recently started a blog Navigating the Joys and Craziness of Life, Marriage, Parenting and Passions.

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