There is a special kind of magic that happens when you find friendship in the church. Your friends become more like family and you begin to feel like you are in the exact place that you are supposed to be in. I've found that there are so many benefits to having friends in the church that you just can't get anywhere else.
Prayer Partners | Life gets hard and you need people on your team that not only support you but pray FOR you and WITH you. This is invaluable. God never intended us to do life alone so having those people by your side through it all means the world.
Church Family | The people in your church really do become your family. From after church dinners to road trips for conventions and conferences. You spend a lot of time with them so you know them and they know you. I was fortunate enough to have grownup in my church so pretty much everyone there has known me, my whole life. They know the good, bad, ugly, and indifferent. You can be the truest form of yourself and best of all, they love you regardless.
Clean Fun | As you get older, there are so many temptations and invitations to less than desirable places but it's nice to know that you have a group of people to hang with that understand your lifestyle. Whether it be trips to the movies, dinner, or bowling (the saints love to bowl for some reason) you know that you have a safe space to be yourself. You don't have to feel pressured nor do you have to explain your belief, every one is just there to have a great time!
Spiritual Reference | In your Christian walk it's totally okay to have questions and having friends that understand the faith can be helpful when discussing the questions that arise. Its a comfortable environment to talk about whatever is on your mind.
Relationships, whether it be just friends or romantic, are some of the best things about life. Connecting with others on a deeper level gives us a sense of "me too" that lets us know that aren't alone. If you are willing to step out and get to know the people around you then I am sure you will never regret it. Be sure to comment below or chat with me on Twitter @anajanetheblog.