Welcome to Faith ‘n Friends – The Best Way to Belong

You belong here. In a world where things are constantly working to turn us against each other . . . there is a better way. The best way to belong.

You belong here.

We walked into the church . . . and met unknown faces with different traditions.

You know what it’s like to feel like you don’t fit in. You look different. Your background is different. You feel like the groups are set and you don’t know where you belong.

New school.
New job.
New neighborhood.
New church.

Everyone wants to be accepted, to feel like they belong. But it’s not easy…

It seems the more we want to fit, the more our differences stand out.

Economics. Race. Education.
Work at Home or Out of the Home.
Homeschool. Private School. Public School.
Big Family. Small Family. Married. Single.
Conservative. Moderate. or Liberal.

Everywhere we look there are things that pull us apart and divide us.

But…

We’ve been offered a better way. A way to set aside our differences and enjoy close friendships. In the early church, believers were referred to as followers of “the Way.”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6

What does it mean to be a follower of the Way?

A follower of the Way is a follower (a disciple) of Jesus, trusting His message is truth and that it gives life. That’s faith.

I love the changeless truth of Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29–31

Love God. Love others.

That’s it!

Setting aside every difference all that matters is the way we love God and love others. Click To Tweet

That day we walked in to the church as strangers turned out to be a wonderful day. On the surface we didn’t have much in common, but we all loved Jesus and that made us family. 

You belong here. We are family and friends. 

“Portrait of a Friend”

I can’t give solutions to all of life’s problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can’t change your past with all it’s heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can’t keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can’t prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can’t give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can’t keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can’t tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.
~Author Unknown

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“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34–35

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15 comments

  1. Linda Perkins says:

    Love this, Deb. I was just sharing this truth with my husband yesterday, who is experiencing a split with a long-time friend who is not a believer. My prayer is that my husband will know the kind of friendships I have experienced – those centered in Christ – because those are the ones that stand the test of time. Even amid differences, when the love of God is central, there just seems to be a lack of striving, a natural flow, a kinship found as brothers and sisters in Him.

    • Deb Wolf says:

      Linda, I’m sorry your husband is going through this. Losing a good friend hurts. I’ve been there. By God’s grace He used that time to pull me closer to Him, and continues to bless me with wonderful friends. His amazing grace blesses me daily!

  2. Amanda Snodgrass says:

    I remember going to our church for the first time last year. I felt awkward and out of place. A year later, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. We don’t have to be perfect, we just have to be available and let God do the rest! #TestimonyTuesday

  3. cycleguy says:

    Friendship is hard work. I have a friend from college who used to meet with me about once a month or once a quarter. He is now retired and seems to have dropped off the radar. In case you are counting: that is over 40 years. I have a friend whom I met in one church and we still try to ride bikes together. he went through major prostate cancer surgery and follow up and he allowed me to be there for him. I had another friend who rode bikes with me for close to 3 years. One day he decided to quit attending church and has gone AWOL on our friendship. He would not return calls, texts, or emails. I have had to move on. Friendship is hard work. And it takes two to tango.

    • Deb Wolf says:

      It definitely takes both people. And it’s hard when a friendship ends and we have no idea what happened. I think it’s one of the best blessings of knowing Jesus as friend . . . He never walks away. My prayer is to offer His grace in my friendships. You’re right. Friendship is hard work. 🙂

  4. Helene says:

    A huge part of what God was doing in the cross was “pulling down the wall of separation” and making it possible for every human to come to him on equal footing based on the faith of Christ. He is how we belong! 🙂 Great Post

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