Foul-weather friend

foul weather friend

Painting by Leonid Afremov

 

“We all need “foul-weather friends” who will venture out into the weather with us.”  

Holley Gerth, from “Rain on Me:  Daily Moments of Hope and Encouragement”

Isn’t that the truth?  Solid friendship is built, not on the fun times, as great as they are, but on the dismal, despair-filled seasons when true friends shine like bright stars against the inky backdrop of a long, dark night of the soul.  

“A true friend loves regardless of the situation, and a real brother exists to share the tough times.” Proverbs 17:17

God’s constant promise is that He will never leave or forsake us, a promise that is restated throughout Scripture.  I’m grateful that He is the ultimate “foul-weather friend”!

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Comments

  1. I hope I am being that kind of friend to others. I need that kind of friend in my life.
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  2. Love this… Friends help us bear each other’s burdens. God takes care of us through friends, doesn’t he?

    And ultimately, our Loving Heavenly Father is with us through it all…
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  3. Solid friendship is very important. Our world is so full of NOT having friendship, b/c of different visions of what’s coming down the path. As usual, you put good thinking out for many people. Appreciated.
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    • Thanks, Joanne. Solid friendship is the foundation for heart-health and soul survival. Friends can breathe fresh life into us when we are limp rag dolls!

  4. I have a friend going through a really rough time and I hadn’t seen in her in ages. I ran into her today at the market and it was just an instant and long hug. It was so good to see her, and she was just..she’s going through TERRIBLE times. My heart is with her.
    This is timely for me!
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  5. I love that painting and your thoughts go with it perfectly! My photo and verse today are on our friendship with Jesus. Happy to be with you at Deidra’s.
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  6. I love that phrase you created about friendship and how it ties in with that beautiful painting! Friends are so important. I’ve found sometimes I truly would love to have ones in real life. I just talk to my husband about it and we talk about me being patient and allowing it all to happen in God’s timing. :)
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    • Brittnei, friends are a gift from God to keep us healthy, just as much as food and water and other items that nourish the body. I pray that He will send you good friends who will go through good and bad times with you!

  7. Awesome post. Just stumbled upon your blog while I was doing a study on Christians and love music.

  8. I just got back from a weekend away with good girlfriends, and I could not agree more with what you are saying! :)-Ashley
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  9. I couldn’t agree more. We all need that true friend who is there for us through thick and thin,,, and hopefully we are that kind of friend to them! #SITSBlogging
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  10. Love the painting. God is so awesome he is a friend when we don’t have any. Friends are important I find that those that weather the storm with you are the ones meant to stay.
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  11. I love this! I think it applies to any relationship really. If someone truly cares about you, they’ll want to be there to walk along side you in your struggles and help you to the other side of things. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hey there, Alison! It’s always a thrill to see someone else with their name spelled like mine. Caring really does mean going through the thick and the thin of relationships. May we all be that friend to others!
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  12. I love this! True friendships are supposed to be able to weather any storm. I think that is why I had to let a few go, as I grew closer to God and began changing my life. My church family have become my friends and mostly I have a friend in God that is ever present! Thanks for this!
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  13. Yes true friends are hard to find! I was always told if you have a couple of true friends in a lifetime you are lucky. Thanks for sharing. Best Regards, Wendy (Visiting from Sits)
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  14. Love this Ali! A good friend will be there no matter what. And true friends are those you haven’t spoken to in days, months or sometimes years…but if you picked up the phone and called them, it’s as if you haven’t missed a beat. Have a wonderful week lady! ;-)
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  15. You are so right about needing fair weather friends! Stopping by from SITS girls to leave some comment love!

  16. Great Post! I am happy as can be a loner introvert. However, I have a handful of wonderful friends in Christ who I can turn to when I am in need of prayer, wisdom and/or discernment and I hope to be that person for them. I also know we are made for fellowship so I make it a point to crawl out of my hole and become join in, even if it is once a month.

    Stopping by from the SITS Challenge
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  17. I couldn’t agree more! We all need those people that will walk with us!
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  18. I have one friend, my best friend, who I know will b with me through all kinds of weather. I LOVE that proverb!!
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  19. YES!!! This is so true, we need foul weather friends. The easiest friends to find are fair weather friends, but it’s hard to find friends that will stick with you when things are going down hill. Thank God for God, because He is our ultimate foul weather friend! :-)
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  20. It really does make a difference when you have a great friend or two to share with. Stopping from SITS!
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  21. Wonderful thoughts!
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  22. I think what is hard for me is to remember friends are in fact there in the foul weather. I always feel like I’m bothering them, but really that’s part of a full friendship.
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    • Amanda, that’s the test of a true friendship. Those who are there for you even when it inconveniences them… those are the true foul-weather friends!

  23. Hopefully my friends all see that I am a true friend. I have had friends come and go, but the ones who stick by me no matter what are truely friends
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    • Your true friends know you, and you know who they are, Amy. The beautiful thing is that if they stick with you through the rough times, you know that they are keepers.

  24. I have a few that I can call that and I feel blessed. Stopping by from the SITSGirls!
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  25. Absolutely want to be the kind of friend who’s there no matter what. Comforting others is so important; it’s a kindness and it’s the best when it’s from the heart.
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  26. Friends are such a treasure and foul-weather friends, an even better treasure. Thanks for the inspiration of your writing and especially that lovely print. I loved it all! (Coming by from SITS)
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  27. So true! Thank goodness He never leaves us!
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  28. What an awesome post. I have several friends that I feel this way about and I pray that they feel the same way. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging
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  29. I’ve never thought of friendship from the aspect of being a foul-weather friend who will venture out in the weather with you, but I really like that. It makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing this!
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  30. As someone who just loves a rainy day and all the coziness that it brings, I was really drawn to your beautiful post. That artwork is amazing. I’m glad that you shared. Stopping by from #sitsblogging
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  31. I love that painting! I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship this year, both in working harder to be a better friend myself and looking at the kinds of friends I have. It is so important to have friends who will be there for you through the foul as well as the fair. Thanks for a great post! #SITSBlogging
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  32. So true, friends are friends through all the good times and bad!
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  33. Brilliant post! Way to teach a lesson about quality over quantity. It’s easy to be a ‘friend’ when no sacrifice is required, but the foul weather friend is worth holding onto with both hands, both feet and some hair if you can work that out. And our Lord is the BOSS of friends. So glad I know him. And you, through the #SITSBlogging challenge. It’s nice to meet ya!
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    • LOL Allegra re: holding on to those friendships with everything you’ve got. The friends who go through the fire with you are the real deal. And God Himself models what friendship should look like, if only we would pay attention. Nice to meet you too!

  34. I am so blessed to have some really wonderful friends. I’ve had them for a very long time and it is nice to know they are there. #SITSBlogging
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  35. Anen! Good to have a friend in Jesus. Beautiful photo!
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  36. I love that verse Proverbs 17:17. Thank you for sharing. I want to write that to a friend. #SITSBlogging

  37. This is such a great quote! It made me think about what type of friend I am.

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  38. YES! True friendship, in many ways, is about the harder times than the better ones. That’s where the relationship bonds are not only tested, but can be strengthened (with the right person). Foul-weather friend may not sound so pretty, but I think it is a beautiful sentiment! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging comment love tribe!

  39. My ride or die friend has been with me since 10th grade and that wasn’t yesterday. Our attitude is “If one of us has to roll a body up in a rug the other one would be there to help carry it into the woods…no questions aced”. Ok well now that I’m older I’m not that extreme LOL. But it’s awesome to be a foul weather friend and to have one. Stopping by from SITS and looking forward to getting to know you.
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    • Angela, I know you and your friend must have some awesome stories to share… or to carry to your graves! But that’s the beauty of genuine friendships: they have depth and range, and a history of going through thick and thin together. Looking forward to getting to know you too!

  40. What a great friend you must be! And love that painting!
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  41. Wonderful quotes! Reminds me of my best friend, who has stuck by me through both of us having our fair share of trials. These are the best friendships.

    Coming over from SITS Girls–meant to comment yesterday!
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    • Hi Rachel! Better late than never, my dear. I’m a bit behind on my commenting too. So many blogs, so little time!

      I agree that those friends who have been through the fire with us make for the best friendships. They’ve seen us at our best and our worst, and the friendship survived. Here’s to many more such foul-weather friendships!

  42. This is great. I have one of those friends. She is such a blessing. She literally held my hand through every single foul weather situation I’ve had in the past 7 years. They are very necessary!!
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  43. Hi Ali! I love your image of the stars and night. I love that.
    What would we do without our good friends? They are such gifts from a loving God who knows we need a physical hug and an ear to bend on occasion. He knows us so well!
    I’m so glad that we are connected through our blogs. You are that blessing to me :)
    Ceil
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  44. Sooo true. Love that. Beautiful picture!
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  45. Indeed He is! Great perspective! #SITS Comment Challange
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  46. I love that painting! I hope I’m that kind of friend…happy SITS day to you!!
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  47. For sure! The best friends and most solid friendships are those that can stand together through really tough times.
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