*Each friend brings their own identity to the relationship.
*Friends support one another rather than acting as a care
*A true friend honors each friend’s friendship with others.
*A true friend encourages their friend to become the person God wants them to be.
*A true friend views differences as gifts rather than
*True friends are honest and truthful. They want the best for their friend. While they may need to share hard truths at
times, they share humbly in view of their own problems with sin, in order for
the other person to grow.
*A true friend will encourage another, without manipulating
for their own self interest.
*A true friendship honors and respects the boundaries of each
*In a true friendship, wise communication and trust are necessary; avoiding gossip, criticism, competitiveness, jealousy,
*A true friend forgives.
Being bitter and keeping a record of wrongs will not be the mark of a
*True friends have conflicts, but each are willing to take
responsibility for their role, instead of blaming others.
*A true friendship will respect and understand differences of
opinion, and allows others to make their own decisions.
*True friends will honor, encourage, and love each other.
*A true friend will give you time and space that you
need. They will give you time to pause
and reflect before responding. They
won’t interrupt or pressure you. They
will also allow you to choose not to respond without hard feelings.
*A true friend will avoid lying about themselves, their
friends, or any circumstances or conflicts they find themselves in.
*In a true friendship, both parties treat each other as they
would want to be treated, are quick to apologize and/or to extend forgiveness.
What do you think are the marks of a true friend? What would you add to this list? Do you think you are a good friend? In what ways do you think you can improve?
Well, sort of, anyway. Here in Ukraine, there is one more holiday - "Old New Year" on Monday. It is a leftover from when they used a different calendar, but people still celebrate it.
Since we don't celebrate Old New Year, we took our tree down today. We did pretty good leaving it up until Ukrainian Christmas was over. I was ready to take it down and get the living room back in order.
The colds and flu are here in Ukraine too. I started not feeling so well on New Years Eve day. I felt better over the weekend, and then felt sick again on Tuesday. Hubby was sick, and dear daughter was fighting a cold the past week. I've had hardly any energy, just taking down the tree, putting stuff away, cleaning up, and moving stuff around drained me. I'm trying to eat healthier, and except for the potato chips and some chocolate, I've been doing pretty well! I'm adding more fresh fruit and veggies to my diet, and eating less junk.
Now that the Christmas season is over, we got some goodies from the US, via one of our returning teammates! The goodies actually came from my parents and sisters. A new calendar, some Itunes cards for dear daughter, warm socks, and some candy we can't get here. We love getting goodies from the states!