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Pre-kids, I loved to visit friends and just sit with them and talk for hours. Literally, hours would pass us by without even realizing it. Sometimes it was on the phone and other times it was face to face in one of our living rooms.
Now those moments have been replaced with computer screens and smartphones. While I love still being able to connect with friends who are hours and states away, it’s not the same. I can no longer talk on the phone for hours reconnecting with friends because I have three littles who need their mama. Instead, now, my phone dings with text messages or I scroll through my FB newsfeed to see the latest status update or pictures on Instagram.
I love the connection. It’s better than nothing. But my heart longs to see these dear friends face to face. To sit with them over coffee or chai. To share a meal together because there’s just something heart-warming about food and friends together. To pour out our hearts to each other and see how God has been at work in our lives. The internet just cannot convey the emotion that face to face interactions can.
Do you know what else I miss? Unexpected visits from friends. We just don’t do that anymore. At one time, we always had people in our house. It was great! I LOVED it! But now, I look around at my “lived in” house and I would probably be embarrassed if someone stopped by unexpectedly. I shouldn’t be. That’s part of doing life together. Life isn’t always clean and organized. It’s messy and beautiful. This season is messy. Toys, fingerprints, spills, endless laundry. They are all blessings.
Can we decide together to make time for visits? To schedule those playdates, and coffee dates with friends, and our spouses? We need them. We need to do life with each other. We need to simplify our calendars to make time for people and not just stuff.
Let’s do this.
Let’s be intentional.