Long-Distance Friendships? Try This to Stay Connected

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

I never take for granted real connections with real friends. I left my home state of Pennsylvania when I was 17 years old to move to California. When I had my first child at age 24, I moved to Maryland. Three years later I moved to Georgia, where I reside now. All of this change played a major role in the relationships I would make.


Earlier in my life, God connected me to two special friends, we were roommates in college and we all believed in God. Our friendship kept us grounded. When one of us would fall away from our faith, the other would help pick us up again. We constantly reminded each other about Jesus and how he wants us to live.


Ten years later, we still hold each other up. We enjoy sharing Bible verses and studies. The kicker is, we live 2,000+ miles away from one another, but we have found a really special way to stay connected despite our timezone differences --via a book club.


BOOK CLUB TIMES


One of the ladies out of the blue bought three copies of the same book. She sent each of us our own copy and said something like, “Ladies, we are going to read this book together,” no ifs, ands, or buts. She’s what I like to call a #boss lady!


The book we read at the time was a Christian book called, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I will tell you, from miles away, my friends and I laughed, cried and shared many wonderful testimonies that helped us feed our friendship in ways I can’t even describe. It helped us improve the relationships with others in our homes and even in the workplace.


I challenge you to find a couple of friends to read a Christian book with. Go chapter by chapter or section by section. Challenge each other to share how the words affected each of you! This really breaks off chains and helps grow people when you hold accountability amongst each other.


THREE FAVORITE READS FOR CHRISTIAN FRIEND GROUPS


Want to be more connected with your loved ones or friends who you can’t physically see all of the time? Check out one of the following books and try to make a plan to read it! Three of my favorite reads for groups of Christian friends include:


  1. To Live is Christ to Die Is Gain, by Matt Chandler

  2. Walking with God: Wholeness and Holiness for Common Christians by W. Phillip Keller

  3. Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (versions for men, teen boys, and girls are also available)




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