Hello my friends!! And happy Thursday!
By the time you’re reading this…I’m going to be in COSTA RICA!!
I’m traveling with three of my very best friends, and we’re having a short little girls’ trip!
And I can’t wait to share about all of our adventures! Spoiler alert – there will be zip lining and ATV 4-Wheeling!
I’m going to be vlogging about all of it, as well as sharing photos and videos on my Instagram: @beauty.beyond.bones, so I invite you to follow me on there or my YouTube channel, if you want to virtually join me on my trip!
I am really blessed to have this group of girls in my life. They are my very best friends, and these August trips have become a tradition for us – and something that we plan on continuing, even as our life stage evolves and significant others enter the picture and whatnot.
Because, if I’ve learned anything from my recovery from anorexia, it’s that relationships matter.
Of course, first and foremost that includes our relationship with God. I mean, I would have no recovery without Him. And then, of course, there’s our relationship with our family – which is, again — priceless and precious.
But specifically — I’m talking our relationships with our friends.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 NLT
There is something so soul-affirming about having people in your life that love the real you — people who you can be yourself around — totally and completely. I mean, people who, not just know your quirks and idiosyncrasies, but who have seen you through the really tough stuff. Who understand your struggles and heartaches, and help you carry the load, and unpack the baggage.
And I have been blessed with three remarkable friends, with whom I can do just that.
They know my story. They know where I’ve come from. Heck — I mean, we’ve been best friends — one since birth and one since second grade!
They have seen me through my darkest days. And we all have been there for one another when the chips are down.
You all know my past, and how during those years of my anorexia, I completely isolated myself and pushed everyone away — not returning a text or phone call for over two years.
Well, these girls never gave up on me. They knew that the real Care was in there somewhere, hiding scared inside the shell of existence they saw on the outside. They never lost faith or hope or love.
They have been such a beautiful example of friendship. And every day I thank God for putting them in my life.
It is a blessing that I know is incredibly rare and sacred and beautiful.
And seeing just how meaningful and powerful those bonds have been in my own life, I try to be that kind of friend to others as well.
In today’s world, everything has become so virtual and informal. Phone calls have been replaced by text messages and social media interactions. We’re constantly on our phones, even when we’re with loved ones. Life gets in the way of getting together, busyness prevails. But I think it’s so important to make time for your friends.
It’s so important to nurture those bonds that God has so graciously placed in our lives.
Because at the end of the day, we’re all on this journey of life together – and we will go through a lot of ups and a lot of downs, and having a friend by your side through it all is a blessing that is inexplicably beautiful.
So I invite you to join me on our celebration of friendship in Costa Rica for the next few days!
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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