Vacationing with the Family of God—A Glimpse of Heaven

For our 20th anniversary, we decided to celebrate...just as we did on our honeymoon...with a group of Christian couples we didn’t know on the “Love Song Couples Getaway” in Maui. It was the best vacation of our married life, and in just one week, we made friends with couples who have become near and dear to us from all over the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Staying in Touch

The friend I mentioned in the opening line, who commented on all our friends, was reacting to the recap of our recent trip to Southern California. We told him about:

  • Lunch with the wife of the host couple of the Making Love Last Forever group, whom we hadn’t seen in 10 years after they moved away. We picked up the conversation like we had never been apart. I discovered on Facebook that they would be in “So Cal” the same time as us—Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends.
  • A reunion with three couples we met on our Love Song Couples Getaway.
  • Enjoyed a lovely sunset dinner with couples from the original small group Bible study where Dave and I met.
  • A week at our mountain “writing” cabin socializing and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Friendships Are Our Witness

In Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, I tell the story of my daughter, Kim, contemplating becoming a Christian and worrying that she might not have any friends. Then she said, “Well you and Dave have so many friends and you’re always having a good time. I guess I don’t need those friends who won’t accept me.” When she made that comment, Dave and I had only been married five years …we were just getting started making friends.

As Christians, we need to remember that someone is always watching us to see how we interact with others and are we open to fellowshipping with people we don’t know well.

We must also befriend nonbelievers or how will they learn about the blessings and joys of knowing Christ. But those we “hang with,” and share our lives with, should share our morals and values, and we should be a support system for each other.

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.”Proverbs 17:17

Janet Thompson is an international speaker and an award-winning author of 17 books, including Woman to Woman Mentoring: How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Mentoring Ministry, Face-to-Face Bible study series, Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer, Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby? and Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. Janet is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work Ministries. Visit Janet at womantowomanmentoring.com.

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Publication date: October 14, 2013