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get naked : {extra}ordinary friendship

there’s just nothing like deep soul girlfriends. a sacred space reserved for the unwritten language of the heart. where even at our worst we’re loved even more. known even deeper. naked, vulnerable, unhindered and free.

this summer i sat at a blazing campfire under a moonlit sky with some of my closest girlfriends. how quickly an ordinary night transformed into an extraordinary bond of friendship.

i vaguely recall an offhand remark about a skinny dip. i can’t tell you how fast two of my girlfriends were out of their chairs, half undressed in a mid-summer-night heartbeat! so there we were: a group of giggling girls running the dock, stripping down to our skins, and jumping into the moonlit lake under a diamond studded sky.

some friendships are like your favorite old sweatshirt on a cool summer night. they settle down in your heart, loosen your spirit and make you feel free. to be vulnerable. naked. unhindered. the best come often by surprise. unexpected. unanticipated. the one you didn’t know you needed, or didn’t realize how badly you needed her. and then there she is: sharing the real stuff. the true stuff. the i-feel-safe-with-you-stuff. daring you to jump in.

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with skin in the game and our flesh on the line, real friendships go deep. they risk and they dare and they dream and they jump! they stand by and they wait and they love and they cry. with us and for us, we’re made to go deep. 

in life and in love how deep do you go? for most of us, we’re just skimming the surface of a superficial life — desperate to be known but afraid of deep water. we long for it and yet it is our biggest fear.

but this life is about freedom. we were made to be free.

seeking it, finding it, holding it, chasing it, risking it, grabbing it, taking it, releasing it, fighting for it — jumping for it, all naked in the silvery moonlight.

ordinary women. extraordinary friendship.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: are you afraid to go deep? are you living on the surface of a superficial life? hiding? wearing masks to cover how you really feel inside? none of us make it through this life unscathed and we need true friends to help us through. take a chance. dive into a friendship that has earned the right to hear your story and get real. choose wisely, get naked and get free.

today is day 8 of the extraordinary life challenge! catch up on the entire series {here}.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Krista October 9, 2013, 4:36 am

    Cementing our friendship…. one skinny dip at a time!! hahahaha. FREEDOM, baby!

    • Tammy October 9, 2013, 5:24 pm

      hahahah!! it makes me SMILE so BIG every single time i think about that night! {love}

  • Rychelle October 10, 2013, 6:08 am

    “there’s just nothing like deep soul girlfriends. a sacred space reserved for the unwritten language of the heart.” Hearts. Fully. Together. Our time, this week made me realize even more how much I need you. Appreciate you. Love you. fully. And how truly vulnerable.raw.naked I can be before you; and still be accepted and loved. Just.as.i.am. You and KG are my {extra}ordinary friendships. Soulfully woven by a soulfully rich God. I love you so…

    • Tammy October 18, 2013, 6:11 am

      and we love you. deeply, richly, raw, vulnerable and real. this is the life. and we get the honor to do it together. xoxo

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