Who’s In Your Circle of Friends?

I read this devotional thought today about our “circle of friends” and realized what an important concept this is not only for the sake of friendship and socialization, but also for networking and professional growth.

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“I believe we need to have what I call ‘divine connections.’ In other words, pray about your circle of friends. Don’t just decide what social group you want to be part of and then try to get into it. Instead, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in choosing with whom you want to associate closely.

Pray: Lord, I ask You to bring the right friends into my life. Give me wisdom to know whom to welcome into my circle of friends. Amen.” –Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional” [Day March 1]

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As a person who works from home and doesn’t get out much, it can get lonely at times, since my immediate family (daughters, son, sons-in-law, granddaughter, sisters and their families, and brother) and the majority of my long-time friends, all live out of state (I moved from New Hampshire to Maine about 10 years ago).

That’s why I’m thankful for the “circles of friends” God has drawn me to, in my various online communities, on Facebook and elsewhere. I appreciate the friendship, networking, sharing of personal and professional interests, and genuine support and compassion demonstrated by most members of these different circles of friends.

In addition to various groups on Facebook (professional, personal interests like quilting, and educational groups), I belong to a social forum called Workplace Like Home and a professional forum called Jumpstart Your Day, sponsored by published author and motivational coach, Mary Ylisela.

Purpose of the Jumpstart Your Day Forum

How about you? Do you enjoy some specific circles of friends who contribute to your personal and professional growth?

 

4 thoughts on “Who’s In Your Circle of Friends?

  1. I’m another one who moved away from the city I grew up in and away from most of my family and friends so spend a lot of time talking to the group of friends I have made online through message boards and connecting with old friends via facebook.
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  2. Thanks for sharing! I have lived in the area I am now in since I was 3. Yet I have no close friends. I seemed to have moved away from them. They weren’t sour people we just went in different directions and when I hear from one I don’t feel a reason to enter back into their circle. I believe I am changing and will find new friends accordingly.
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  3. I’m the same–half a world away from my family all apart from my husband. I really appreciate him of course. But the people we contact daily on the internet are real too, and a very rich source of support. I don’t know what I’d do without them. How wonderful that God has drawn us together.
    Francene Stanley recently posted..March 3rd

  4. I have friends with whom I get together in person, but not on a weekly or even monthly basis. It takes a conscious effort to keep these connections. Our lives get busy and time slips by. But I believe that if something is important, then it is worth the effort. And important to make the time.

    I have made on-line friends, as well. Through grad. school, FB groups, and friends of friends. Who knows what the future will bring, but there will come a day when I will need these friends.

    I appreciate your thoughts on how and who God brings into our lives. I am thankful to Him every day for this blessing.
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