A gift from above. Guest post by Courtney

​I am so happy to have a guest post by my little sister in Christ on here. She has such a brave heart and has just entered into a world filled with disbelief and darkness. This world is called college and she is going to need as much encouragement as possible because college can be a dark and manipulative place. Thankfully the Lord has blessed her with some amazing friends :). After reading this be sure ti head over to her awesome site and follow her. Okay without further a do I present you A gift from about by Courtney the 1timothy412girl 
Before I begin, I would like to say thank you to my friend and big brother in Christ—Julian—for giving me the opportunity to guest post on his site! His posts are awesome I know that God has great plans for him, his family, and his blog!

When Julian asked me to write a guest post, he asked that I speak about a time when I felt God’s presence in my life. After a lot of thinking, I realized that the way that God is revealing Himself the most strongly right now is through my friendships. Throughout the years, God has placed some amazing people into my life who have encouraged me in my walk with God and helped me grow.

I met my best friend during the summer between freshman and sophomore year, when I was going through a particularly dark season that I thought would never turn around. I was dealing with a lot of drama that I never would have volunteered to be involved in, and I was falling deeper and deeper into a sea of despair. I remember days when I didn’t even want to leave the house, feeling that I would never have close friends again. Nonetheless, as time went on, and as I pushed forward, it soon became clear that loneliness was not part of God’s plan for me. Little by little, he began bringing new and wonderful people into my life

Upon the arrival of sophomore year, even amidst the continuous drama I was dealing with, I soon found myself becoming closer with fellow classmates—some of them whom I’ve known of since junior high. As I spent my year wishing for one perfect friend, God was orchestrating things behind the scenes to bring me a whole group that would soon become like family to me.

One day—two years later—I was hanging out with my friends at the mall. By then, I had moved past the pain and drama and was surrounded by a wonderful, quirky, amazing group of friends. We were sitting at a long table in the mall cafeteria and my best friend Alex and I decided to get up and walk around. One by one, our friends began getting up and followed behind us. Alex—amused by this scene—made a comment that we both still remember.

“It looks like we’ve got a squad!”

That day, the “squad” was born, even though in some ways, it’s earliest roots can be traced back to the start of high school. During freshman year, when one of my friends was diagnosed with diabetes, a group of students from our English class met at Cracker Barrel to support him. At another point, I distinctly remember another friend sharing about a personal experience he was dealing with involving racial prejudice. Yet another time, I expressed some of my fears about the future and one friend promised that no matter what, we’d always be friends and when he has kids, I get the honorary title of being “Aunt Courtney”. We’ve all walked through some big problems together, but our friendship has always proved to be bigger.

Our “squad” is about as diverse as any friend group can be, with a mix of personalities, interests, and dreams, but we share a common friendship and we were brought together according to God’s plan. I have also been blessed to make friends through the blogging world, and have met people from other states and countries—even places as far as Nigeria!

In the Bible, Jesus models friendship through his relationships with his disciples and fellow-sojourners. Meanwhile David and Jonathan, along with Ruth and Naomi show what it means to have a strong unbreakable friendship.

I have been blessed with friends like this, and I pray God continues to work in our friendships, drawing us each closer to Him through our relationships with each other. Throughout our life here, we are given many wonderful gifts from above and I believe that one of the greatest gifts is the relationships that we have with one another, as well as our friendship with our Heavenly Father. In Christ, we always have the assurance of friendship, and a family who will be by our side for all eternity.

Jesus calls us to be a family— an eternal “squad” that will never fade away.

Can I get an amen?