As iron sharpens iron, so one [woman] sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
The process of sharpening anything requires pressure and friction against another substance of equal or greater strength. In this way a blade, for example, is made sharper and more efficient for the tasks it was created for.
In the same way, our character is refined through continual relationship with one another – encouraging, praying, admonishing, and sharing God’s Word. We are called to bear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, restore each other, submit to one another, and encourage one another toward love and good deeds. We are given the supremely important task to speak truth to each other, to offer constructive advice and hold each other accountable – not flattery or falsities. Speaking truth requires courage and love, and hearing the truth requires love and grace.
In the ancient world, achieving the desired sharpness of a tool took a good amount of time, effort and consistency. Rome was not built in a day, and neither are strong, lasting friendships. Instead, people sharpen one another over time, through years of friendship and the seasons of life. (credit: Got Questions)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” Matthew 5:13
Good relationships are never easy. Iron against iron produces heat, sparks, friction – not exactly what you imagine makes a enjoyable relationship. But the end result is worth it – and the friendships richer for it. In our group, one way or another, verbally for some, assumed for others, we’ve made a promise to ‘bear with one another in love’. We have gone through hard times with each other; we’ve said the wrong thing, taken offense to a poorly communicated suggestion or had conversations we wish we didn’t have to have. We’ve shared tears, forgiven and moved on. We all parent a little differently, do life a little differently, but the intent is always love no matter what. Here at Pure Grain of Salt, we have been immeasurably blessed in our relationships with one another; we have something rare. We know it. We cherish it.
There are few things more beautiful than a gaggle of women gathering over coffee and toddlers, or perhaps crossing the boundaries of age, culture, relationships and passions to meet each other, hand in hand, to encourage, to love, to learn and laugh and of course, to let the tears flow freely. To be comfortable in the presence of the women you call friends is a blessing indeed.
So join us here – daily, monthly, annually – you’re welcome whenever and however you show up. Our intent and hope is to encourage and bless the women who meet here. We’re an adventuring bunch, so if you find yourself laughing out loud at our Canadian-isms, laugh freely! We want to traverse the mountain ranges and low valleys of parenting, marriage, life, loss, dreams, ministry and of course, the relationships that shape us. Take our words with a grain of salt – we’re learning here too! Embrace the words that speak to you and leave the rest. Let our thoughts and opinions ignite you, or fall by the wayside – your heart will lead the way.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26