between homeschooling my children, working part-time, and my household responsibilities, some weeks are busier than others. and in the empty spaces on my calendar, i like to play catch-up, or let the day dictate what we do, or just stop and breathe.
but i also like to make time for friends.
one day, on my only day "off" from any other appointments or meetings or classes, i invited a friend over just to hang out with me. our kids played while the two of us talked and listened and laughed the day away. seven hours later, we were saying goodbye with still so much left to talk about.
seven hours. we didn't plan it that way, it just happened. no, wait: it happened because i let it happen. i let the laundry sit. i let the emails wait. i pushed my errands back a day.
there were a thousands other things i could have been doing to fill that day and call it productive. but that time with my friend was precious and i wouldn't trade it for a completely checked-off to-do list. i would do it again in a heartbeat because spending time with friends makes my heart very, very happy.
God didn't create me to be a machine. i was created to love, to serve, to enjoy this life, and i was created for relationships. my friends are a priority in my life. and such a blessing! what a joy to be a good friend and to have a good friend! whether it's a 20-minute chat after zumba class or a 7-hour day together, i know this is true: my friends are worth my time.