Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” 

Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

When I was a teenager, I began to write notes in the margins of my Bible. I would scribble down prayer requests and lessons I had learned along with the date. Now, when I turn the pages of my Bible, I can see a timeline of God’s provision in my life.

Just the other day, I came across a note from August 2013. I had underlined Galatians 6:2, and beside it had written, “phone call to Ellen before moving back to Lee…true friend.”

In an instant, I was back in my mom’s laundry room, riddled with anxiety about heading back to college for my senior year.

Instead of working through the anxiety on my own, I decided to call my friend, Ellen, for support. Come to find out, she was experiencing similar anxiety about moving back after a summer at home, and we spent the duration of our conversation encouraging one another. I remember feeling so relieved that I wasn’t alone in my struggle. We bravely decided to embrace the year ahead, and when we encountered moments of stress, we would support one another and get through it together.

The Lord did indeed bless my final year at Lee University. When I look back at my note in the margins of Galatians, I remember the anxiety, but now I see it covered with grace. That year, I met the four girls I now lovingly refer to as my “Core Four” and who are the epitome of true friends. They are the women I go to when I need to be carried to the Father in prayer, advised according to the Word and lovingly held accountable in my walk with God. They are my sisters in Christ, and we carry each other’s burdens. In the five years since graduation, we have prayed each other through graduate school, marriages, adoptions, singleness, cross-country moves and loss.

I challenge you to take time in the coming weeks to reflect on the friendships in your life. Do you have a Core Four? If so, thank God for them and plan a night out to celebrate your sisterhood. If not, examine your heart and pray for the courage to join a small group or call an old friend. When you do, take a moment to jot down a note in the margins of your own Bible so one day you can look back and remember the moment when you stepped out in faith and forged a friendship that will encourage and support you for years to come.

Abiding, God-honoring friendship is a gift and a reflection of Christ’s love for us. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bless someone with the gift of your friendship or to receive the blessing of their friendship in return. Allow the verse in Galatians to remind you of the gift of Galentines, and may this February be a month spent celebrating them!

Meet Whitney Luckhart…

Whitney is part of the Stuart Heights Family at the Soddy Daisy Campus. She is a young professional, guiding the next generation by teaching high school students. She fills her days by finding joy in photography, writing and baking.