In May, when my daughter was 10 months old, I weaned nursing her on my lunch break. You see, I had spent the previous eight months (since going back to work) visiting her day care every day at noon to nurse her.
Those 30 minutes with her were a highlight of my day, every day. And I would not do it any other way.
However, that commitment meant I could never make plans at lunch.
Since weaning her, I have scheduled a flurry of lunch dates with friends.
And it has been glorious.
I have realized how important it is to have REAL, FACE-TO-FACE time with friends.
As good as it is to connect with a friend on the phone, sharing a meal is better.
The past year has been hard – both physically (literally!) and emotionally draining. I didn’t realize that my limited “grown-up” time had also impacted my well-being.
But looking back, I can see that it had.
God created us as relational beings, and it is important that we seek out community with those He has placed in our lives.
Several of my friends and I have committed to putting a lunch date on the calendar every month. As the lunch ends, we pull out our calendars and pick out a date for the next month.
The commitments of life (be it nursing a baby or something else) should not prevent relationship from happening, it just means you have to be more intentional.
With whom can you call and schedule a lunch date?
By Jessica Turner, The Mom Creative
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