The Definition of a Friend {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute FridayIt’s Five-Minute Friday with lovely Lisa-Jo!

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.

For me? An exercise in letting go and letting words flow. Five minutes only. {yes, I did set a timer and it quacked like a duck at 5 minutes, which totally made me smile}

Today’s prompt: Friend.

And go…

I used to hold on to a pretty small definition of the word “friend.”

Requirements included years of knowing one another and living life together in the same space and agreeing on most things was always a good thing.

Friend no longer means the person next door. Some of my dearest friends are miles and miles and miles away. We are not living life together on the same block or even in the same town, but “life together” can mean so many different things these days.

Moving and this internet world have broadened my friend definition. Women I haven’t seen in years or haven’t even met in person know my heart as well as those I’ve known for years.

We may not agree on politics or movies or a whole host of other things, but my friends are knit together with me through Jesus and that’s where real friendship has its roots.

I cherish deeply the friends I’ve had for years – since second grade, since our first children were born a week a part.


But I am also quick to call someone a friend, even when we met 24 hours prior. Because God just knows those friends you need. And when He shows them to you, you do not hesitate.


I call them friend and mean it.



And now I’m off to link up this post with the fabulous Five Minute Friday community and then spend time with my beautiful friends at Bible study!

A blessed weekend to YOU my FRIENDS!

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  1. Really good post.

  2. I love your words! And your pictures are great!

  3. Wow. What a lovely description! I think if I were to give myself 5 minutes I might get a sentence or two! Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to challenge myself!

  4. I love this. I too tend to connect with some people and become friends quickly. God puts some people in your life that you can just click with and some people that are there forever in your life. I love both!
    THanks for sharing!!

  5. I’m so glad to be your neighbor from FMF this week. Love this “my friends are knit together with me through Jesus.” Yes!

  6. Hey, Erin! I just took a few minutes to read your latest posts. I love that you shared about ViBella and their mission . . so beautiful! You and your son’s story is precious. And the fact that you are nurturing a heart of compassion in him already is beautiful! Loved this “friend” post too . . ” my friends are knit together with me through Jesus and that’s where real friendship has its roots.” Yes! I’m so glad to have met you and call you friend!