Warma a Rama
15 Arm crosses IC
15 Windmills IC
15 Toy Soldiers IC
20 Butt Kickers IC
Reverse Lunge (Each side)
Imperial squat walkers (Each side)
English curtsy lunge (Each side)
Needle threads (John Travolta’s)(Each side)
Donkey kicks (Each side)
We started with one rep of each exercise with a lap in between after each FRIENDS set was complete adding a rep to each exercise. We ended with 10 reps of each exercise (skipping #9 for times sake) and a lap at the end. We stretched and I read a devotional about Friendship. I love starting my morning with Friends!
Here are the Five Best Things To Say To A Friend Today:
1. “You’re wonderful.”
(Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope…”)
What a loving thing it would be to infuse joyful hope into your friend’s life by reminding her of ways you think she is wonderful.
The world is quick to tell us girls of all the many ways we fall short. We are hyperaware of our faults and frailties.
So, what a precious gift to remind a friend of specific ways you notice that she’s a wonderful friend, a wonderful mom, a wonderful Jesus girl, a wonderful wife, a wonderful coworker, a wonderful person.
2. “Me too.”
(Romans 12:12, “…Patient in affliction…”)
What a gift it is to remind our friend that we all have afflictions, hurts, faults, and tender places. We all get sick both emotionally and physically.
The patient friend is one who freely gives grace because she so desperately needs it herself. “Me too” acknowledges that I’m no better than you but together we can get stronger. It is such a loving and disarming admission that we’re all in this together.
3. “I’ll pray.”
(Romans 12:12, “…Faithful in prayer.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to express to a friend that you will absolutely be faithful in your prayers for her? I have a friend that prays for me so faithfully. She texts me Scriptures that she prays over my life.
But here’s what I really love about her. She doesn’t just pray about my situations. She prays me through them. She’s willing to circle my circumstances over and over with her prayers.
I honestly don’t know how she hasn’t gotten tired of praying for some of my same issues for so long. I get so tired of me… but she never does. What a gift. A gift I know I must pass on by being faithful in my prayers for others.
4. “I’ll share.”
(Romans 12:13, “Share with God’s people in need…”)
When we notice a need in a friend’s life, might we be willing to step in and at least be a small part of the solution?
I have a friend who literally lost every possession she owned due to a chemical spill in her home. So, we threw her a “Job (like the man in the Bible) Party.” Each of us brought a few things to help her family start over.
We didn’t even come close to fully meeting their financial needs. But we helped build a foundation of restoration and gave this family the assurance that God was working on their behalf.
5. “Come over.”
(Romans 12:13, “Practice hospitality.”)
Throwing open our front door to welcome a friend inside the sacred space of our home is such a needed gesture. There’s just something about relationships that are less pixilated where we get eye-to-eye, voice-to-voice… and talk. Really talk.
Over broken bread we share broken hearts. And then we celebrate the parts of us that are still intact. We reach across the table and across our differences to grab hold of the glorious bond of friendship.