317: Balancing Friendships with Male Friends (Part 1)


Balancing Friendships with Male Friends (Part 1) with Dear Lauren RayIn this episode of the Listen Up Ladies series, Jay is joined by artist Dear Lauren Ray to address the concerns of a woman who wants to know how to balance friendships with male friends and so much more.




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Episode Title: Balancing Friendships with Male Friends (Part 1)


Guest: Dear Lauren Ray Follow Her on Twitter


Check out Dear Lauren Ray’s impactful ministry, We Ignite The Light


Question We Address and Answer:

  • How challenging can it be for single women to maintain genuine friendships with men?


Key Lessons and Takeaways:

  • Situations to avoid when trying to maintain strictly biblical or platonic friendships.
  • Why we should not be willing to accept anything less than God’s best for us.
  • The value in getting to know people without titles.



  • Dear Lauren Ray explains why she tries her best to avoid “date-ish” situations.



  • A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
    But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
    Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)


  • Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.1 John 4:8 (NIV)


  • Above all else, guard your heart,
        for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)


Hold Yourself Accountable:

  • Avoid “date-ish” situations.


Apply This Kingdom Principle:

  •  for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.” – 2 Corinthians 8:21 (ESV)


Take Action Now:

  • Be honest with yourself.
  • Be honest with your friend about what you desire and communicate what you desire to them verbally.


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