October 3, 2018

Jani Ortlund on Friendship in the Empty Nest Years

Each week this season on By Faith, I’m talking with a guest about the ins and outs of friendship. As I wrote about in my book Messy Beautiful Friendship, friendship isn’t easy for anyone; it takes time, intentionality, and lots of grace. And sometimes we have to navigate complexities and hurts in friendship that leave us uncertain and crushed. I’m right there with you, and my guests are here to help us think through it all.

I hope you’ve been enjoying these episodes on the subject of friendship. As I’ve talked with my guests, and as I think about friendship, it makes me very thankful for the friends in my life and the way they’ve encouraged, challenged, and helped me. I hope that’s happening for you as well as you follow along this season.

When I think about my friends, I want to encourage them and let them know I'm thinking about them. As my husband says, “No one is suffering from too much encouragement,” so I want to give you a little gift today to help you drop some encouragement into the lives of your friends: friendship cards! Maybe you could use them to write someone you’re just getting to know, or maybe you want to send a little love to a long-distance friend you’ve known for years. Whoever it is, download the cards today and send some encouragement their way.

Today my guest on By Faith is Jani Ortlund. Jani is married to Ray, who is a pastor in Nashville, and together, they are proud parents and grandparents. Jani joins me for a chat about how friendship changes in the empty nest years. We talk alot about crossing boundaries, whether it’s an older woman pursuing a younger woman in friendship, a younger woman pursuing mentorship with an older woman, or getting to know those who are different from us in nationality or race. You may think, “I’m not an empty nester, so this episode isn’t for me.” The truth is that Jani just exudes wisdom and everything she says will benefit you in whatever life-stage you’re in.

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