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Tawnya is a Jesus follower, wife to one funny guy, and mother to three fearfully and wonderfully different children. She and her husband count it a privilege to be serving at Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center, located in northern Wisconsin.

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  1. Lovely post filled with so much truth. My husband and I moved 13 times in 16 years and leaving friends and building friendships was work … but beautiful, rewarding work.

    • Wow Angela! That’s certainly a lot of starting over – I can only imagine how hard it was to keep digging into people over and over. It’s so good to know the return on investing in people always overflows. Thank you for reading my story and for your comment:)

    • Wow Angela! That’s certainly a lot of starting over – I can only imagine how hard it was to keep digging into people over and over. It’s so good to know the return on investing in people always overflows. Thank you for reading my story and for your comment:)

  2. I’m in the friendship struggle right now. We moved here two years ago, and I feel I’m still in the acquaintance phase with those I’m closest to. Society seems to be turning into the “I’m already known by others and don’t need to know you” philosophy. It’s a lonely, long walk. I am trying to focus more on allowing God to show me who I am and how He knows me. Thank you for sharing your heart. We sometimes forget that we aren’t the only one struggling through life.

    • Hi Lori! Thanks so much for your comment here. I ache with you in the longing for deeper friendships. I admire your choice to look to God’s sufficiency in your struggle. Our pain drives us to look to Him…not because He always takes the pain away but because He shows Himself to always be enough, always with be walking with us in it.

    • Lori, I’m in the same place. Everyone already has their groups and doesn’t seem to be looking to add anyone to them! I feel like an outsider whenever I do meet up with certain people. However I know there have been times in the past where I have been guilty of not reaching out to others. Reading this post makes me want to change my perspective to work on myself to be a better friend and reach out to others, and hopefully that can help to grow friendships. My mom reminded me that it is worth it to be patient to meet friends who love you for who you are rather than to change in order to fit in to a group where you feel excluded.

  3. If one wants to have friends you must invest in them. It can be simply asking about their lives and really listening. It takes some work, but is well worth the effort. When I talk to people and ask them “How are you”–I don’t want I’m ok–I want to really know how you are & if you need anything or any help! That’s my version of friendship!

    • Investing in others! You are an example of a great friend Beth! Thanks for your comment here.