Isn't it refreshing to catch up with a friend you haven't seen in a while? Technically, I should say 'spoken to' in a while, because I don't think I've ever seen this friend face to face! We've only communicated by phone and email. But today he called in on the Skype and we had a lovely chat about ... writing! Hurrah! More than that, he said I have encouraged him and he will start writing again. There. My job is done. :D I live to serve.
Old friends remind us of things we have forgotten about ourselves. They encourage (to give courage to) us and comfort us with their support and enthusiasm. They swat down our negative comments and lift up our cause. They turn it around and examine it to see why it isn't functioning. Then they brush it off, tweak it, and give it back. With a final loving kick in the backside, they send us merrily on our way, once again ready to take on the world. What would we do without them?
The best friend anyone could have is the Holy Spirit. He was sent to us to be an encouragement, to defend us, refresh us, and comfort us when we are lonely and sad. Then He takes us to task, because Jesus came that our joy may be full, so why are we moping? Jesus said that God has given us everything; ask for what you need in Jesus' name and you will have it. (Caution: what YOU think you need and what God says you need may be two very different things, and may be why you're not getting what you're asking for.)
Be blessed. <3