Friendship is Our Story. Friendship is Our Song
Flaw: Let Hard Times Steal Your Song
Law: Let Your Best Times Keep Your Song Playing
I just saw a quote that said "what a year this week has been", lol and for this week of friendship, I couldn't agree more. Friendship is like a good ole' rollercoaster ride. Throw your hands in the air and celebrate each compromise and communication attempt. Laugh through the ups, hold on for dear life through the downs, and no matter what, buckle yourself in tight and stay for the ride. With the right bestie, the ride will always be worth it.
Last week's blog with the ladies of A Fashionating Life actually inspired us to do some fashionating of our own at a cute boutique in our little town of Culpeper. Although our town is pretty small, it's known for its shopping and great eats, making it easy to find the most perfect store to do some shopping, or shall I say field research?!
Hey, it’s Stacey, and yes, you shall say field research.
As we stepped into The Rusty Willow Boutique that day, something changed in this shopper's heart. It changed something in the way that I saw shopping and friendship. My mama often called me a hunter when it came to shopping. Get in and get what you need. Get out as soon as possible. There seemed to be something very different about this outing though. Being with my friend made everything slower, sweeter, and totally worth the dent in my debit card.
Something changed in my heart, too, if you don’t mind me interfering with your story for a sec (can bff’s hijack each other’s blog? Let’s try it!).
I remember the feeling of standing in the store, chatting with the ladies face-to-face, while at the same time being eternally aware of Tab's presence by my side, as if heaven was there. An overwhelming love washed over me at that counter—finally we had slowed down long enough for it to come like that—bringing with it the realization that no matter who I’m talking to, I’m with her, and I never wanted that feeling, or the afternoon, to end. And more importantly, God didn't either.
As I look back at that boutique visit, I remember the store owner calling out, with a hint of a smile in her voice, "Are you two in the dressing room together?!" "Of course we are!" because that's how besties roll, right?! (Well, it's how these two do at least.)
My natural inclination was to not roll that way. I stepped away to let her try on her fashionating sweaters in private, but she pulled me in there and shoved some on me too. Nothing about that afternoon would’ve been the same had she not done that. Sometimes we just need a friend to rip back that curtain and pull us in hard, or at least I do, and I was grateful she didn't mind doing it.
There were two things that made that dressing room so very beautiful to me: One, my bestie stood in there with me, laughing and enjoying me and our time together; and Two, it was elegantly covered with old hymn pages. As I sit here and recall that day, I can almost "feel" the memory of that dressing room. I can too. It makes me recall a hymn that we love at the Flaws entitled "Blessed Assurance" with these lyrics: "This is my Story, this is my Song," and there is a truth that swells up in my heart. 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.
In a recent Facebook post Stacey wrote:
"When it is dark, she turns on a light.
Sometimes just one, if it’s all I can take.
And suddenly, when I thought it would stay forever, morning broke through,"
and she posted this image:
As we walk though this life, one thing is certain: Each of us will have our fair share of midnights, but I thank God for the moments that dawn breaks. 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐰𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭. It has a way of putting a story in your heart and a song in your mouth.
When Stacey dropped me off that day, I was all smiles. I balled all the way home. I looked at her and thought she is MY friend, and I was so thankful for what we have. You see, we have had our share of midnights together. So many, in fact, that we just forgot to look for the dawn and it eventually stopped our song. But as she drove away that day, I could hear our song again. I still do, and it reminds me that friendship, in its sweetest moments, can give you the tiniest, most beautiful glimpse of Heaven. And I got a glimpse of what it looks like on earth.
"There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever." Revelation 22:5
So this week if you're in the market for a new outfit, call up your bestie, find a big dressing room, or a small one with a big mirror and good lighting, and let your laughter ring out. And whatever you two do, don't ever let the midnight steal your song. Amen, my friend. I love you.
𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚊𝚢𝚎𝚛:
I pray that you keep on making each other sing, my friends. I pray that for every midnight you experience, the morning light will shine even brighter, bringing you joy, hope, laughter and love. I pray for moments of fun that turn your work into play and turn everywhere you go together into places of light that others can play in too!
(with a little bit of Stacey)
𝙰 𝙵𝚕𝚊𝚠𝚎𝚍 𝙱𝚘𝚗𝚞𝚜:
The Story Of Raya
For every new or wildly popular podcast (we’re working on it!), there’s usually a much better story behind it chocked full of inspiration, ingenuity, or riveting tales of woe and insurmountable odds that turned to outlandish victory, but you won’t find that here. 𝐈 𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲, #𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐞𝐝.
Meet Raya, the hearing-impaired Boston Terrier puppy who came to us as a promise of Friendship.
You can listen to a bit of her story during our very first podcast, when we first found out she had been born! Since then there’s been a lot more to tell:
- When and how I first heard her name
- The opportunities I had to walk away from her
- The challenges that are coming with a puppy who can’t hear
- And why I won’t leave her for anything
We can’t wait to introduce you to her and tell you the rest of the story—or should I say, catch you up to the beginning of it? Because we’re just getting started: with puppy, with friendship, with new beginnings and new promises, not just for us but 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡, 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰.
One thing we’re confident of is that the world can hear love between friends. How do we know? Because Raya, in Hebrew, means “Friend,” and even though she can't hear, she comes running to the sound of love every time.
Check out our Flawed Shopping Spree Photo Shoot Here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=theflawsoffriendship&set=a.2439569896348659
Catch Up on the Podcast Here: https://www.flawsoffriendship.com/podcast/episode/49736caf/a-fashionating-friendship
Shop The Rusty Willow Boutique Here: https://therustywillowboutique.com/
We will see you this Friendship Friday as we talk "All things Raya!"...