Currently I live with 7 other women. This was a thought that a year ago would make me want to curl up into the fetal position on the floor and rock back and forth. But I have to be honest, I have been so incredibly blessed. In recognition and gratitude of this, let's celebrate why living with women is such a wonderful thing:
1.} You always feel beautiful in the room. Whether you're putting make up on in the bathroom, rolling out of bed with swollen eyes, or trying to figure out what to wear for the day, you will always unexpectedly receive a compliment. A "you look so cute!", "I love those pants!", or "you are so stylish!" can really turn a girl's day around. And because none of us are looking to make out with each other, we can rest assured that these unexpected compliments are authentic and true! Happy women receive joy by offering words of affirmation to others whenever possible; and they know that it is indeed always possible.
2.} You always have someone to share in your joys. Having roommates peaking around the corner while that handsome man asks you out to coffee and then dancing around the suite in celebration after the door is shut is fun. It's just fun and sweet. Secure women are willing to rejoice in another's blessings; they do not feel threatened or as if others' victories diminish their own.
3.} You always have someone praying for you. Whether it's an outcome of crying in someone else's room because boys suck, money is tight, and life is full of the meanest attacks; or whether it's an outcome of flinging the door open, squealing because men are awesome, God always provides, and life is full of the sweetest gifts, there will be a "let me pray with you!" There will be texts saying, "Hey girl! Do you have anything I could pray for you for?" You never feel alone in the (flummoxing or exciting) whirlwind. Women after God's heart realize that life is a nothing but a battle and prayer is the single most powerful tactic to live alert and live victoriously.
4.} You always have someone who gets you. You don't have to finish that sentence. You don't have to apologize for your moments of craziness. You don't have to explain that emotion (but you can if it will make you feel better). There is a ebbing and flowing of understanding between a suite of women. That effort to bridge understanding in communication between male and female isn't needed in your estrogen-filled home. You can relax and talk effortlessly (and you don't have to wear pants while doing so). Wise women realize that a gentle, listening heart can help heal the heart that's hurting. They also realize that they can gain from another's experiences, never too prideful to take advice or encouragement.
5.} You always have back up. I'm talkin' if you ran out of hairspray, need a second wardrobe, or need someone there to calm you down as you are hyperventilating, waiting for your date to knock on the door. From when you need that shade of nail polish to when you don't know how life got so off track -- you always have a friend supporting you when you falter. Fulfilled women are generous with their time, treasures, and emotions; and they are honored to give to another.