There's a couple very close friends that I'm afraid I've been doing that to lately and I am trying to figure out my rhymes & reasons while I still incredibly appreciate their offers for help. And on the flip side, when it comes time for me to offer my hand or shoulder for support, they'll see where I'm coming from in not wanting to intrude too much, but still wanting to be there. It's a dance I hope to figure out soon. I really want to be a good friend.
This is not only an obstacle in my friend-life, but also something I really have to watch with my marriage and my relationship with Christ. We are not meant to do it all on our own. Why be so hard on myself? I'm working on it.
Of course, these close friends I speak of probably know me better than I think and have already figured this all out. But, I just kinda found this out about myself today. I feel optimistic now.
And very thankful for patient friends.