Bloodsuckers

It’s really a gift to have people in my age group who I can turn to, peers. Those that simply have a desire to share talk about raising children, working on their marriage, and just handling day-to-day life responsibilities. Not the bloodsuckers.

I have people in my life that are at various different stages of their own lives, however, sometimes I really just need the ones that can truly identify at the moment. Based on the state of our world, at this particular point and time.

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These peers are the friendships that I’m able to go to when I require assistance, and the ones who have absolutely zero expectations of getting repaid. Those other type of friendships are what I’m referring to as being bloodsuckers. Because, you see, there’s nothing monetary that’s capable of replacing the unconditional type of love. And the unconditional friendships.

There’s no dollar amount that we can place on the offer of a connection – of my life to someone else’s. A connection made simply because we’re both female, rather than them knowing you might be able to do something for them.

In order to be God’s hands and feet, I have to begin with the seeking out of a person also in need of a friend. And then, I have to stop thinking about myself for a while: my motives, and purpose. I have to begin by falling in love with relationships.

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That’s hard for me. As many people know, I’m an introvert. And if I’m really being honest, maybe I’m like these bloodsuckers as well…

Not intentionally, of course! But I’ve lacked close friendships for so long, that I almost consider “friends” as my clients and associates from my job. What do they have in common? They’re helping me with getting something!

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That’s not who I want to be, though. Obviously, I hope to have people around that I can have a good time with. However I believe partners to share my life with, and vice versa, in this often very cruel world is much more valuable. It’s who I want to be for others.

“Some friends are fun to be with, but a true friend can be better than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

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I’m a mama, and if one of my children were misbehaving or out of control, I’d never allow them to continue going down such a self-destructive path. Eventually, they’ll become adults on that path, adding a whole other level of danger.

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As a parent, we need to apply our best judgement in their disciplinary actions. It needs to be done in such a way that’ll help them with learning to decipher right from wrong. Just grounding our children and taking away their belongings, while that’s fine some of the times, it only resolves the issue temporarily.

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“You’re children of God, and He speaks words of comfort to you. You’ve forgotten these words…‘My child, don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when He corrects you.’”
Hebrews 12:5

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After initially handling the problem, I always make sure my children know I still love them. It’s actually because I love them, they must incur a consequence. They’ll always be my babies, though. And nothing could ever change how I feel.

I can’t help but see the similarities between me behaving as a responsible mom, and God always being the perfect Father. He helps me in my life, by forcing me to deal with consequences of my actions. It’s not something that should be just – POOF! – taken away. This would teach nothing!

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Because even though God “helps” me by allowing my consequences, I’m always going to be His daughter, and He’ll never change the way He feels about me. It’s an encouragement to my faith, as well. Though some stuff can be uncomfortable to face up to, I know He has the power to say “when” it’s enough, and He will.