6. A Loyal Friend
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When several of our daughter’s closest friends moved away, she found herself in need of a new friend group. Each night I’d kneel by her bed and pray the same prayer: “God, please give Kylie a strong Christian friend, who is really fun, too!”
Why did I make this an ongoing prayer for my child—especially since she was surrounded by a loving Christian family? Because every child needs a loyal friend. Your child—like mine—needs someone outside the family who will love, accept, appreciate, and enjoy them, for them.
Childhood friendships are the training ground for life. We learn to navigate differences, share our secrets, work through conflicts, accept one another’s quirks, and enjoy each other’s company in friendship.
Wise parents set the stage for friendships to develop, but they don’t micromanage them once they do. Allow kids to work through the inevitable ups and downs of childhood friendships. Not all friends will be equally loyal to your child, and that’s okay. Resist the temptation to fight your child’s battles; instead, equip your child to navigate friendships with wisdom.
A loyal friend is a rare find—one your child needs. If he or she doesn’t have a loyal friend, pray for one. Make sure your child knows that the best way to have a friend is to be a friend. And just in case you’re wondering, God answered my prayers for Kylie. He sent not one, but two strong Christian friends, who are really fun, too. They are still friends to this day.
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