Daily Acts of Friendship with Kendra and Kristin from The Ruth Experience
Friend, do you ever struggle to find true and lasting friendships? Are there days you wonder what authentic friendships even look like? Friendships can be hard, especially with all this “stay home business.”
I loved talking to Kendra and Kristin about how we can daily work on our friendships. What does it mean to be “an inviter,” especially as followers of Jesus? You’re going to see what they have to say about that! I know I was inspired.
The cool thing is that we talk about the friendships of women AND the friendship of girls!
I’m a mother of many girls, and I’m excited about their new book that will help guide our daughters to be better friends. This devotional for tween girls is called 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls.
Finally, I also wanted to mention their reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App is an amazing free resource. It’s been completed 75,0000 times, how amazing is that?
Have fun thinking about great friendships as you tune in!
Who is The Ruth Experience?
Julie Fisk left a 15-year-career as a lawyer to follow her childhood dream to become an author. Always passionate about words, she shifted her storytelling from courtrooms and boardrooms to dinner tables and backyard barbecues where she uncovers truth about faith, kindness, and a longing for friendship.
Julie is a speaker and author of five books, including 100 Days of Kindness. Together with her co-founders of The Ruth Experience, Julie connects with thousands of women online through real, raw stories about seeking and living out faith.
When she’s not writing or speaking, you will find Julie, her husband, and their two kids filling their home and backyard with new friends, old friends, and soon-to-be friends. Julie is a backyard farmer, a collector of cookbooks and coffee mugs, and admitted bookworm.
Do it afraid. It’s that advice that Kendra Roehl first sought to live out as a social worker, foster parent, mother of five, public speaker, and author.
She earned a master’s degree in social work and naturally became a defender of those in need, serving others through hospice, low-income housing, and veterans affairs programs. Kendra and her husband have become well-known advocates for foster care, taking in over 20 children in six years, and adopting three of them.
She continues to care for others on their journeys as a frequent speaker, a founder of The Ruth Experience, and an author of five books, including 100 Days of Kindness.
When she’s not keeping up with her kids’ activities or taking in the outdoors, she’s engrossed in real-life crime television shows like Dateline and 48 hours. Her favorite times are those moments when she’s listening to other people’s stories, preferably with coffee in hand. You can also find Kendra contributing regularly at A Wife Like Me.
A career in journalism set up Kristin Demery to publish her own stories of living this wild, precious life. She is now an author of five truth-telling books, including the latest One Year Daily Acts of Friendship Devotional, and part of a trio of writers collectively known as The Ruth Experience.
Kristin served as a newspaper and magazine editor and her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including USA Today. She still works behind-the-scenes as an editor for others while writing her own series on kindness, friendship, and living with intention. She’s also a regular contributor at The Better Mom and on the print editorial and devotional teams at The Joyful Life Magazine.
A Jane Austen addict and lover of fiction, Kristin would read a book every day if she could. At home, you’ll find her watching reality TV competitions, indulging in chocolate, and joining her husband and three daughters in checking items off their family bucket list.
About the Book:
In our busy, fast-paced world, so many of us are longing for simple moments of connection with friends who make us feel loved and understood. God created each of us with an undeniable need for authentic community, yet we often struggle to find and nurture true and lasting friendships.
The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship explores what genuine friendship looks like and helps you recognize how God amplifies healthy relationships in ways that are gloriously surprising and deeply satisfying. Each day this year, discover easy-to-do ideas for building and maintaining your friendships in small ways that carry long-lasting, relationship-rich impact.
But how do you build lasting friendships?
One of the key ingredients to having good friends is learning to be a good friend.
God designed us to be in relationship with others. When handled well, friendship among girls can be one of the most valuable and rewarding parts of their lives, laying the foundation for healthy friendships as adults. These early interactions shape the way girls view themselves and others and will continue to influence them throughout their lives, positively or negatively. The devotions in 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls will allow girls to explore the rewards and challenges of building quality friendships both now and in the future.
Also included are 50 sidebars with activities that provide practical ideas for creating and sustaining strong friendships.
Walk It Out Scripture
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. Matthew 25:35
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- Daily Acts of Friendship | Kendra Roehl, Kristin Demery, & Julie Fisk
- 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls | Kendra Roehl, Kristin Demery, & Julie Fisk
- The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness | Kendra Roehl, Kristin Demery, & Julie Fisk