Who Are Your Friends?

Our journey to becoming parents has been so hard. But, because of Jesus and our amazing friends it has been filled with so much hope, peace, and joy. However, I don’t think we would be where we are spiritually or emotionally if we weren’t surrounded by such amazing friends and family.

I bet if you looked at the qualities your closest friends have, then you would recognize that their qualities are very similar to yours. If your friends go out and party every Friday night, you are probably doing the same. If they bash their husbands during girls night, then yep, you most likely are too. This isn’t always the case, but even if you aren’t doing those things, it is never a good idea to be around someone who is a bad influence on you. “Do not be fooled, bad companions ruin good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

What about those friends who spend their time wisely and are living devoted to Christ? Those who are walking with other believers, attending church, and believing for kingdom encounters. If your top 2 or 3 friends are doing these things, then most likely you will be too. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Proverbs 13:20

I don’t know about you, but I want friends who do life with me. I want friends who will encourage me, who will speak God’s truths to me, who will guide me with Godly counsel, who will believe with me, who will declare God’s promises over my life with me, who will cry and laugh with me, and ultimately whether I am in my lowest of lows or highest of highs will stick by my side and love me. 

Not only do I want it, but I realize how much I need it. I need friends who I can send a text or call to when having a bad day and without even having to ask know they will be in prayer for me. I need the friends who will continue to speak life. I need the friends who know what the Word says and remind me of God’s truth. I need those friends because I can’t go through life without them. I need those friends because when I have been waiting 3.5 years for babies and have been grieving the loss of my nephew I can’t do this life any other way.

So, my question to you today is who do you surround yourself with? Who are your friends? Are your friends encouraging you? Are they influencing you to be a better person? Most likely who you hang out with predicts how your future will be. You might be one friend away from changing your destiny. The choice is yours. Make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up in a time of need and encourage you in your walk with Christ.

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32 Comments
  • Marianne
    Posted at 08:47h, 28 October Reply

    Oh what a great post, and a great reminder. It’s also great to recognize those friends who change along with you during life, and can share life
    With you during different stages.

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 08:54h, 28 October Reply

    so important that we surround ourselves with people who could lift us up and encourage us

  • Lily Ayala (Beauty With Lily)
    Posted at 08:56h, 28 October Reply

    Very well said. I actually don’t have many friends, we moved and are new to the city we are in and don’t know anyone. It’s hard going out and “making” friends. But I am very much appreciative of the few close friends I have back home.

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 09:08h, 28 October Reply

    I absolutely agree! I have had a complete turnover of friends in the last couple of years. I wasn’t trying to do it. It just happened. What I can say is that I can see how God had both of his hands in the middle of the change. I am blessed to have the ladies in my life that I do!

  • Raising Samuels
    Posted at 09:09h, 28 October Reply

    It is very important who we surround ourselves with, and it is the best to have friends and family around you who encourage you. Thanks for sharing such a great article!

  • lakisha
    Posted at 09:13h, 28 October Reply

    It is vital to surround yourself with those who are most like you. With faith and God the right people will always be in your life.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:32h, 28 October Reply

    I love this! Great minds 😉 friends are so so important!

  • Heather Jones
    Posted at 09:44h, 28 October Reply

    LOVE THIS! I know first hand that you will be who you hang out with, i chose the wrong friends in high school and i look back today and regret it! Now i’m surrounded by godly woman who point me to God no matter what! I’m so thankful! 😉
    God is GREAT!
    -Heather

  • nina
    Posted at 10:35h, 28 October Reply

    Such good questions to ask myself. I need to find local friends like this!

  • Yaitza
    Posted at 11:03h, 28 October Reply

    so true! At this point of my life I am very selective with people I call friends. That group has become smaller and smaller and I am ok with that. These days my husband is my best friend!

  • kristen
    Posted at 11:16h, 28 October Reply

    I love this and really needed it. It’s so hard to “get rid of friends” that aren’t a good example for you or who don’t value the same things. Thanks for sharing this today.

  • jenburby
    Posted at 11:19h, 28 October Reply

    Great post and great reminder. Like my mama always said, “You’ll never fly with the eagles if you’re hanging out with the turkeys.” I see the truth in this more now that I’m a parent and am careful about who I let my daughters associate with. Cheers to speaking the truth in God’s word. xo

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 11:23h, 28 October Reply

    This. So much.
    “I don’t know about you, but I want friends who do life with me. I want friends who will encourage me, who will speak God’s truths to me, who will guide me with Godly counsel, who will believe with me, who will declare God’s promises over my life with me, who will cry and laugh with me, and ultimately whether I am in my lowest of lows or highest of highs will stick by my side and love me.”

    Finding our tribe is so imperative to continuing when it’s hard. Great post. 🙂

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 11:52h, 28 October Reply

    Such truth! When we moved my husband and I felt the loss of the community we’d established and it made a difference! We’ve since been blessed with with wonderful friends and maintain our bonds with the others from a distance. Growing together, being in God together and iron sharpening iron is priceless!

  • Jessi Wallace
    Posted at 12:33h, 28 October Reply

    YES! So much YES! I was actually just thinking today how thankful I am to have the friends in my life who walk the walk with me… they encourage me, pray for me, and they don’t try to offer unsolicited advice or say the things that tear down my spirit. This was so well written – thank you for the reminder to cherish friendship.

  • Chrissy Z. @ The Brave Wanderer
    Posted at 12:44h, 28 October Reply

    wonderful read – really enjoyed this! It is so important to surround ourselves with people that are worth it! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Biana
    Posted at 13:21h, 28 October Reply

    What a great post!! I think I’ve changed my ways at looking at friends – I have my really close friends and then those that are acquaintances – but most of all I trust great friends – which to me is so important!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Shann Eva
    Posted at 15:44h, 28 October Reply

    When our twins were in the NICU, and right after, we found out who are true friends really were. It was sad to lose some that I thought were our friends, but I know that we’ve made the right choice. It sounds like you have too.

  • BasicallyBrooke.com
    Posted at 16:52h, 28 October Reply

    I love this post! It is something I’ve always said as well. Unfortunately for me though, Christian encouraging women have been hard to come by in my life. I only have 1 that believes in prayer as I do. Wish there was an app to find women Christian friends. Lol

  • Maria @ Confessions First
    Posted at 16:54h, 28 October Reply

    I shared this with my friends on Facebook who are pursuing God and encourage me to do likewise. Thanks for the beautiful reminder to watch the company I keep!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 16:57h, 28 October Reply

    Love this post. All true… It’s like the saying “tell me who your friends are and I’ll know who you are” or something like that lol

  • melanieblignaut
    Posted at 04:31h, 29 October Reply

    It is so important to surround yourselves with friends who uplift and encourage you, but also to be the friend who uplifts and encourages them. <3

  • Susannah
    Posted at 11:29h, 29 October Reply

    I love this! It’s SO important to surround ourselves with people who push us to Jesus!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 11:41h, 29 October Reply

    Wonderfully stated – I’m so glad you are blessed to have loving friend who are there to support you during the trials that you are enduring. And yes, our friends are an important part of our Christian lives.

    Thank you for sharing your heart on this.

    Marissa

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 13:44h, 29 October Reply

    The topic of friendship is a tough one for me. A couple years ago I let go of the one friend I had because it was just not a healthy friendship. Since then I haven’t made any friends. But I am very close to my sisters and brother, my mom and dad, and my mother-in-law. And my husband is by far my best friend!!

  • DT
    Posted at 18:42h, 29 October Reply

    Beautiful post— Friends help you go through life, and they are so important.
    — DT | Here I Scribble

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 06:33h, 30 October Reply

    since my dad died, i have found my friends haven’t been there for me. they disappeared. like they were scared that i would be sad all the time or not myself. so what if i was sad? or like death was catching.

    but who has been there? wonderful blog friends and readers. i would add you to that list. as i mentioned in m video, thank you again for the bday card. it really made my day special.

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 17:26h, 30 October Reply

    I’ve read before that you are a reflection of who you surround yourself with. Specifically friends. The love and support of friends is so important for us. True friends are there no matter what. Great post Caroline!

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 07:58h, 31 October Reply

    I was thinking about this topic, too!! For the past 4.5 yrs, my circle of friends have gotten significantly smaller but the few that stick around or that God brings in my life are so perfect for whatever and you’re one of them. 😘 His arm is definitely not too short!!! I love those quotes that talk about the quality of friends and not the quantity, I definitely understand them and almost live by them more and more with every day that passes in this crazy world!!!

  • Rebeca
    Posted at 18:20h, 01 November Reply

    This is so true and now I understand the pruning process I went through in the beginning of my walk with Christ. Thankful for the two friends I hang with locally and those who He connected with me online.

  • Danielle Wells
    Posted at 07:53h, 05 November Reply

    Once again, a fabulous post! I love it! I know you wrote it a while ago but I am just now getting around to putting into my weekly round up series – Roll Out The Red Carpet thursday! 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

  • brittanyashmore
    Posted at 09:58h, 09 November Reply

    AMAZING!! I am so picky about my friendships 🙁 this was a great read girl!

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