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One of the unexpected, awkward, completely beautiful things we did this 16 year reunion girl's weekend is spend time giving each other verbal gifts.
I don't know about you but in my experience the mind of a woman can be constantly polluted by insecurity and negative self talk. Sometimes the best way to wash that out is to drench it in a firehose of love, kind words, and a verbal celebration of all that she is.

We used brightly colored notecards to write down what each woman meant to us and why. Then we read them out loud. Then we all cried a lot. And then each woman got an envelope stuffed full of all the things good and brave and beautiful and kind we see in her so that she can take it home to use as a shield against the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves.

Cannot commend highly enough. {Thank you @katplante for becoming my friend that day I sat on your purse. Thank you @amieemcg for this photo and being my D.C. Family!} #neverunfriended

@lisajobaker and @bhpub ... Look what I just spotted on a stand in the Minneapolis airport! πŸŽ‰βœˆοΈ #NeverUnfriended @dayspringcards @incourage

Here's great deal that's too wonderful not to share. πŸ’πŸ»Pre-order @lisajobaker's new book Never Unfriended and get this adorable clip frame for free. The frame retails for $22 and comes with the loveliest cards to clip to it. I also think it's perfect for Instagram prints ❀️Simply buy the book, then head to neverunfriended.com to fill out the free gift form. You get one clip frame per book πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» Perfect chance to stockpile a few gifts 🎁 (scroll to see more pretty pics and details) #NeverUnfriended #freebie #sponsored #bookstagram

Have you read #neverunfriended by @LisaJoBaker and now want to go even deeper into the topic of friendship? Here you go!β €
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In this 7-session Bible study, #lisajobaker and friends from (in)courage explore our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend - it's how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect. β €
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You can get all the details + order here: http://lifeway.com/wesavedyouaseat {clickable link in our profile} #wsyas

πŸ™Œ YES THIS. #gobestfriendthatsmybestfriend

A friend and I were just talking over coffee about how sometimes we just get in our own way of having meaningful relationships. My greatest friends are also my greatest cheerleaders and vice versa. I'm so rooting for them. Cheering YOU on today, friends 🏡

from #NeverUnfriended by @lisajobaker

God is weaving pieces together that will tell of His faithfulness when generations to come read the pages of your life. But to tell of His Faithfulness, so often we must show our scars, pull back the veil and let each other see the person underneath.
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Those words ^ are from my first-ever post at @incourage, called There's Power in Your Story, shared way back in 2013 when @lisajobaker was my boss. I'm so proud of her for honestly sharing her story and struggles with friendship and highly recommend (!) that all women read #neverunfriended.

I've been quiet lately..sorting my heart, weighing the moments, reorganizing my days and I'm still trying to find my words to share with you the profound beauty and healing that awaits you in these pages. *** The pain of lost friendship cuts deeply and the ache just sits in hiding peeking out in the most unexpected ways..a reminder of the loss of what you really thought could have been. *** How to thank you enough @lisajobaker for this heart-lifting gift?!! Run to get this one friends...your limping heart will be so glad. We CAN do hard. things. #neverunfriended

So a little review for those interested in this book... (especially @next.to.heaven and @lorenecox ). I picked up this book, because I have gone through some pretty tough friendships in the past few years. Recovery from the blowout of those friendships still isn't complete. To be honest, women are scary (and I put myself in that category 😊). I was hoping to get some healing and understanding from reading Never Unfriended. However, that's not what this book is about. It's more of how to navigate relationships. Great practical advice that rings true after my experiences: "Forgiveness doesn't require friendship in order to be genuine." or "Trust your reputation to Christ." All and all, I would highly recommend it especially if you have struggled or are currently struggling with some friendships. #neverunfriended #lisajobaker #friendship

Let me tell you something about my friend @lisajobaker: She wrote a beautiful book for us on finding and keeping beautiful friends, and I want you to know she is a trustworthy guide in this subject.
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Let me put it like this: a few "public" (ugh, enough already) Christian women have pulled in tight and close to me the last few months, come what may, come whatever criticism, come whatever disapproval, and Lisa-Jo was one of them. Not just in private (easy) but in public. She pulled in tight with love and kindness and proximity. I will not ever forget this.
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Life has a way of shaking out your "friends" from your FRIENDS, you know what I mean? I needed FRIENDS recently, and Lisa-Jo showed up. I see that. I see you, Lisa-Jo. I will receive any wisdom you have imparted on lasting friendships, because you live your message.
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Y'all, go grab your copy of #NeverUnfriended today on its birthday! You will not regret it. Link in my profile!

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🌱 playing catch-up today + taking in moments with parks james :: "this is the secret to finding and keeping lasting friendships: become women who want to see the women around them flourish." - lisa-jo baker, never unfriended

Love finding goodies in my mailbox! I had preordered both of them and lost track of their release dates! ❀️ #happyreading πŸ“– #lisajobaker #neverunfriended #onmission #patricjknaak

What does friendship mean to you? β€’ I've never been good at friendship. Particularly girl-friends(ship). Tanner, my husband, has been my constant throughout my whole life. He's been my best friend since I was thirteen years old, and I have never clinged to a female relationship closely, until now. It's crazy how God puts people in your life and they change the whole of it. β€’ This girl has changed my heart. I have never grown to love someone so quickly and fiercely. This girl encourages and pushes me to grow daily, all while constantly pointing me to God. β€’ "True friendship, real friendship, velveteen friendship will chip away parts of ourselves that we'd grown fond of. It will chafe against our quirks and question our beliefs. It will wriggle down into our doubts and bring them to light. Friendship will mold us and we will feel it. Because we're supposed to: 'As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend' Prov.27:17. ... If it is real, friendship is usually untidy. If it is lasting, friendship will hit road bumps and potholes, and we'll get shaken up and sometimes bruised along the way. ... And in the midst of sacrificing what we wanted out of friendship, we discover what God was planning for us all along." ❀️
- Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker β€’ Who has God put in your life that has changed the whole of it?

For now, let's call this SuperMom a "Not Quite Superwoman." Like some others we've highlighted, she wasn't a mom when her story began.
Humor me while I describe her in a "modern" setting: she's got a college education. Her hair is perfectly styled and her roots never show. She's fit, hitting the home gym every morning without fail. Her Bible is well-worn, and her prayer journal is opened daily. Her home is decorated like the pages of a magazine, and her weekly shopping trips include stops at all the best Rodeo Drive has to offer. Her personal cook and housekeeper adore her, and her Instagram account has 450k followers. But beyond those pristine photo filters, her marriage is a mess. Her husband is a drunken, incorrigible man, and she silently wipes tears as she "fixes" his messes. She is a peacemaker on his behalf, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders day after day.
You might know her. Or follow her IG account. You might secretly wish you could be her.
I know, I know. The Bible doesn't say all that about Abigail, but it DOES say that she was wise, and peacekeeping, and wealthy (at least, her husband was.) It also mentions that she was pretty. In today's world, she could have been everything described above.
Her home life was miserable, to put it mildly. And yet, she didn't waver in her faithfulness to her wretched husband or her Heavenly Father.
The story takes an unexpected turn when the future king, David, came along. Her husband was rude to David and his men (one version says he screamed insults at David!) and David planned retaliation. Abigail defied her husband and humbly approached David with food and an offer of peace, taking the blame for her husband. She'd probably had to do this many times before!
If you don't know how the story ends, I won't spoil it for you: read 1 Samuel 25. The bottom line is, I don't have a clue what you're facing based on your social media posts. And you don't know what another mom is facing either. We need to pray for each other. Call a friend today and ask if there's anything you can pray for. It may look like she's got it all together, but she may be praying for a friend. ❀️

This summer has been so good and full of learning and growing as friends! I love the raw and guilt free friendship! These ladies are amazing ! #tearthemuscle #neverunfriended thanks @lisajobaker for this amazing tool!

Join Girl Talk, Books & Brunch for our next meet up on Aug 12th @ 11:30 am @AtlantaBreadCompany in Smyrna on S. Cobb Dr. @linkedupchurch

Words can't describe how blessed we are to have such close friends to share life with. Through good times and bad I know this group will always point us back to the gospel and the redemptive work of Jesus. #neverunfriended

Just like I thought, Never Unfriended by @lisajobaker is phenomenal so far. It flows really well after reading Uninvited by @lysaterkeurst. A great choice for my travel time. .
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#neverunfriended #whatimreading #summerreading #readinglife #booknerd

We haven't jumped into #fridayintroductions in a while, so let's jump in today!
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INTRODUCE YOURSELF and let us know who YOU are praying for and speaking life over in our #blessyourkidschallenge. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌβ˜ΊοΈ
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#parentprayers #faithfulmoms

Yes...this. To show up for quality time spent discussing, processing, and reflecting on life's challenges, in conversation so engaging and thoughtful that the coffee shop closes without you realizing it.

#grateful #neverunfriended

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