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Mar 17, 2013

Thirty Devotions for Mothers

Friendships with Other Mothers
Read Luke 1:39-45
Sharing the childhood and adolescent years of our children's lives bonds women as friends for the rest of our lives. There is something about those consultations (often over the phone) about sleep patterns, temper tantrums, school activities, discipline issues, and teenage trauma that builds a kind of special trust. Perhaps sometimes it's simply not knowing--together

Mothers need good friends. We need the connection, the sense of being part of a web that is the world of other women who understand what it is like to live in the years of maintaining a personal identity and personal interests when most hours of our days are devoted to others. A primary characteristic of those friendships is mutuality. Much of the time, what we need is not solutions but a listening ear and empathy.

Help me, O God, to be an encouraging friend to another mother, Amen.

Blessing this Sunday,

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