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Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them…(Sing it!)


I’m not sure why blogging comes and goes in spurts for me. Some days I feel like I could post multiple times, and other days I just don’t really have much to share. I’m not sure if it’s always because I’m truly out of things to say, or just that I’m drained from the busyness of life.

Either way, I’m here now…

Today I’m thankful for the friends that God has carefully chosen and planted into our lives.

Last Thursday we were blessed to have a visit from my best friend from high school, Jana. She and I are 24 days apart in age, and we’ve known each other practically from the day I was born. So, I guess you could say we have a lot of history. We still keep in touch, although not daily or even weekly, but enough. Even though we know a lot of each other’s “history,” life is still changing enough to keep us interested in each other’s futures! 🙂 I’m thankful for old friends.

At Sunday evening services recently, Pastor Jeff has been preaching about developing deeper community. He asked us to consider a time when we felt we were able to cultivate really deep relationships, and he wanted to know the circumstances surrounding that…What made the depth of relationship/community possible?

My first thought was my “Philly girls.” During the summer of 2000 – the summer between high school and college – I worked at Gull Lake Bible and Missionary Conference (since renamed “Gull Lake Ministries”). There I lived in the cabin called “Philippians” with six other young women who were working there as well.

The closeness of living together, rubbing elbows daily, as well as working together in a ministry capacity (with a common goal – to lead kids to Christ) developed those deep relationships. These were the girls whose first instinct in any situation was to PRAY. No matter what was happening, if someone came into the house upset, we prayed together. What an impact that made on my young, developing life!

I still keep in touch with Larissa and Michelle through email / blogs. And I’m thankful that time and distance don’t destroy relationships that are built on a solid foundation (that is, Christ!).

The picture above was taken a little over a week ago at a get-together for our Sunday School class. It’s Grace (on the right) with her friend Karisa . I’m so thankful for the relatively new friendships that God has given us within our church family. (Okay, we’ve been there almost four years, but that’s why I said “relatively!”) Karisa is one of the Perrys, a family that we really respect and enjoy!

Karisa’s mom Kathy is a wonderful friend to me. I love spending time with her not just because our kids get along well or because WE get along well, but also because I know she’ll always encourage me to be a better wife and mother and to be a more godly woman in general. What a great friend!

And I’m so thankful to know that Grace will have godly friendships growing up. To know that (Lord-willing) Grace and Karisa can encourage each other throughout their growing up years to live for God’s glory. I know that kids these days face a lot of challenges and temptations, and I’m beyond grateful to know Grace (and Caleb and Ava) will have friends with a common purpose in life!

Well, that was probably a sappy post, but it’s been on my heart lately.

I’m truly blessed.

Disclaimer: This is just a small sampling of the wonderful people in our life. (Don’t be sad if I didn’t mention you. I’m thankful for you, too!)

5 Comments

  1. I don’t think it is “sappy” at all. I am so glad that you have such a good church and a good group of friends. It is encouraging! Like the Bible says: “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth…” It thrills my heart to see my children (and children-in-law) to be walking in the truth, growing spiritually and making good decisions about their friends, etc. I am very pleased with your family and how things are turning out. You done good!

  2. Sappy is good.

  3. The “philly” girls!! What an awesome summer! God really laid the foundation for many things that we crossed/encountered in our college years after that summer. He knew exactly where we each needed to be that summer and knew who to put there with us. And I am so glad I still keep in touch with you!!

  4. We’re thankful to be part of the “relatively new” group! I was once in a Bible study where the statement was made that we rarely, if ever tell our friends that you love them. I could truthfully say that I tell my girlfriends fairly often that I do love them and am thankful that they (and their families) are carefully and strategically placed in our lives; even if only for a certain season. Just to know that my Savior cares for me so much to see to those smallest details absolutely amazes me! We all love you all very much! K

  5. We, too, are so thankful for your entire family – What a tremendous blessing your friendship is to us!!

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