Cheryl Luke is committed to helping people connect with God’s intention for their lives. With experience in the beauty industry, and as a speaker, writer and executive leader she has a platform to equip, empower and inspire others from various generations and backgrounds. Although she has no biological children, Cheryl considers herself another mother to numerous individuals.  She currently resides in the Austin, Texas area where she serves as Women's and Guest Services Pastor at Shoreline Church.    

Cheryl Luke is committed to helping people connect with God’s intention for their lives. With experience in the beauty industry, and as a speaker, writer and executive leader she has a platform to equip, empower and inspire others from various generations and backgrounds. Although she has no biological children, Cheryl considers herself another mother to numerous individuals.  She currently resides in the Austin, Texas area where she serves as Women's and Guest Services Pastor at Shoreline Church.

 

THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP

Not long ago, I went on a quick road trip with a group of friends. A few years had past since we spent more than a few hours together. However, once we loaded the car, gassed up, purchased water and snacks, it was on! And, it was as if time stood still.

Laughter, immediately, rang in the air. Conversations overlapped the cranked up music playing in the car.  We listened to Bonnie Bishop’s CD, Free – www.bonniebishop.com. Moved by Bishop’s rich timbre and soul stirring sound, we danced in our seats, rewound, echoed and commented on every single track. We sang to everyone that passed us on the highway. This was the beginning of one of those trips I will never forget. Every moment was precious.

Looking back, it came to mind that we have been friends for over 15 years. And, although we don’t see or talk to one another every week, we have this thing. The ability to communicate freely and without judgment, connect with a slight jab or glance, or sit in complete silence sans the awkwardness associated with stillness. There is something beautiful about having a group of girlfriends who understand who you are, know where you have been yet continually give you permission to be yourself.

A friend loves at all times. ~ Proverbs 17:17a

Friendship stands the test of time and weathers life’s numerous storms. It celebrates victories and cheers you on when things get tough.  Friends are not afraid to hold one another accountable to dreams and aspirations.  They are face-to-face, asking the hard questions, and bringing comfort when things get rough. Friends support, encourage and strengthen each other. 

We are part of a magnificent mosaic called Sisterhood. Studies show that quality girlfriend time is good for our overall health. The power of hanging out and serving with a purpose makes us healthier, happier as well as less stressed. We live longer and feel more beautiful when we spend time together. We were designed for relationship. We were fashioned for sisterhood. We are better together.

 

Question:

When was the last time you hung out with a group of girlfriends, let your hair down and created memorable moments? What was special about that time.

 

Challenge:

Pick a time time to connect with a group of friends. Have fun, create an atmosphere of fun, take pictures and share your experience with others.

 

Worship song:

Covered, by Isreal Houghton

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