Jonathan and David. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry. Calvin and Hobbes. How special those friendships are to one another!
The Bible has a lot to say about friendships. It warns us against foolish ones: “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character” (I Corinthians 15:33). Scripture encourages us that a “friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
Friendship is important to God. How important is friendship to you?
If we want to make new friends, we have to show ourselves friendly. As Dale Carnegie, the famous philanthropist revealed, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” That’s a challenge in a new group or situation, isn’t it?
Whether you have a new friend or a friend you’ve known since kindergarten, communication is important to the relationship.
A fun way to keep communication open is with a friendship journal. It’s a simple concept: You both answer a question in a journal and share your journal back and forth. You can make your own journal from a spiral-bound notebook or make your own book.
Fun Prompts for a Friendship Journal
Now for the fun part! You can create endless conversation starters and journal prompts for your friendship journal. I’ll share twenty to get you started. Click here to download the list. >>
1. Write a poem about a funny memory we share.
2. Did you ever have to share a friend with a new friend? How did you feel about it?
3. Using only descriptive adjectives, describe your ideal friend in 20 words.
4. Describe a time you wanted to be friends with someone but were too shy to approach the person.
5. Share your “bucket list” of places you’d like to visit and adventures you’d like to have before you leave earth.
6. You’ve drastically changed your hairstyle. Describe my reaction when I see you for the first time.
7. You’ve just found out that you’re moving across the country. Write a letter describing how it feels settling in to your new place.
8. Write a list poem describing your grandparent.
9. Share about the day we first became friends.
10. Describe what it would be like if we were siblings instead of friends.
11. Write a diamante poem about our friendship.
12. Write a prayer for our friendship.
13. What is your favorite Bible verse about friendship? You can search for ideas here.
14. We each have a twin. Our twins aren’t yet friends with one another. Describe how you might encourage the friendship.
15. I’ve decided to make a large purchase while shopping. You think it’s a bad idea. How would you persuade me to rethink my decision to buy?
16. Write a haiku poem about your favorite (or worst) subject in school.
17. We decide to take a mission trip together. Where would we go? Describe our first day on the mission field.
18. It’s the first day of summer camp. Describe our first day.
19. It’s Christmas morning and you’re opening your gift from me. Describe an ideal gift for you.
20. If you could end one problem in the world, what would it be? How would you persuade others to help you in your efforts?
Keep going! Think of other prompts that will help you and your friend develop a deeper friendship.
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Prompt by Gina Glenn.
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