Jeanette Tapley | That's What Friends Are For, 164

Jeanette Tapley | That's What Friends Are For

Jeanette Tapley is a podcast host, author, speaker, and friend who loves all things friendship, laughter, and a good cup of coffee. When she is not recording for her podcast, It’s Time For Coffee, you can find her hanging with her 3 favorite teens + handsome husband. 

Her heart beats for people to be heard, valued, and never alone no matter what stage of life they find themselves in. Whether that be through navigating friendships, figuring out faith, raising a family, or life as an entrepreneur.  She is the internet friend everyone needs who encourages people to walk through it!

Jeanette Tapley and Amber discuss cultivating friendships, Jesus model of friendship, and friendship break-ups.

Questions Jeanette and Amber Discuss About Friendship:

  1. (10:48) Tell us a little about your faith journey with Jesus.
  2. (16:00) Why are you passionate about speaking to the value and need for friendships in a person’s life?
  3. (22:47) How are you encouraging women to be intentional about cultivating friendships in our post-2020 world?
  4. (26:49) I often think about the way Jesus lived in community as the model for how to cultivate friendships (inner circle of 3, the 12, community at large). Will you speak to the importance of having a few really close trusted friends and how interactions with those closest to you differ from larger groups of friends?
  5. (34:45) Building a healthy community/healthy friendships takes a lot of intentional time.  What are some tips you would give the woman who feels lonely and like she still hasn’t connected with other women she truly enjoys spending time with?
  6. (41:34) We live in a broken world, so friendships don’t always last. Talk to us about friendship break-ups.
  7. (52:30) Let’s end with celebrating our friends and assuming the best about them. How has intentionally choosing to celebrate your friends and assuming the best about them impacted your relationships?

Quotes to Remember From That’s What Friends Are For:

“I come from a legacy of people who share the Word and while I do it differently than them, I still feel very proud to stand in that next generation.” “This idea [It’s Time For Coffee Podcast] spawned out of wanting to connect with others wanting to make other people feel less lonely.” “If you want to make a friend, you have to look up, you have to be consistent.” “If we want good friends, we have to be good friends. And that means holding the mirror to ourselves first.” “Who are the people that light up your life? And in turn, are you lighting up theirs?” “I think we have to get away from this girl gang mentality, and cultivate really sweet relationships that will nourish our souls.” “I always try to ask a new friend how I can be praying for them?” “We don’t say friendship is hard. We say friendship is always worth the work. And sometimes that means that we break up.” “If we talked about friendship breakups as much as we talk about romantic breakups…we as adult would be navigating it a little bit healthier.” “Sometimes relationships end. And there are times where I say, stick it out and love your people…And there are times where we tried reconciliation, we tried talking it out, but like a dating relationship, sometimes they fade and we have to be okay with that. But the same time I want my friend’s name, or ex friends name to be safe in my mouth. I want to carry their reputation well.” “We have to be tending to the seasons that we’re in, especially in friendship. We might be in a season where friendships are lacking ,because we’re just coming out of a pandemic or….”

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I think we have to get away from this girl gang mentality, and cultivate really sweet relationships that will nourish our souls.
Sometimes relationships end. And there are times where I say, stick it out and love your people...And there are times where we tried reconciliation...but like a dating relationship, sometimes they fade and we have to be okay with that. But at the same time I want my ex friends name to be safe in my mouth.
If we want good friends, we have to be good friends. And that means holding the mirror to ourselves first.

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