Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Women In My Circle

Now I don't usually post this type of thing here...but I know my link has been passed on to some of you... I may not have an email address for you or may not have called you lately... but please know I'm thinking about you!

The Women In My Circle
When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open, God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend's best is needed when you're going through things with your children. Another friend's best is needed when you're going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.

One friend will say let's pray together, another let's cry together, another let's fight together, another let's walk away together.

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another will be the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or however you need them to meet you... with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back or dressed for a presidential ball; to hold you back from making complete fool of yourself or to press you forward toward an intimidating goal... those are your friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many it's wrapped up in several ... one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some days your mother, on others your sisters, and on some days it's the one that you needed just for that day or week when you needed someone with a fresh perspective, or the one who didn't know all your baggage, or the one who would just listen without judging... those are good girlfriends/best friends!

I thank my girlfriends, those who honor intimacy, those who hold trust, and those who hold me up when life is just too heavy!

The special bond we share is unique. Thanks for the words we've shared. The prayers we've sent up. The laughs, the tears, the phone calls, the emails, the shopping, the movies, the lunches, the dinners, the talking, talking, talking and the listening, listening, listening....

So whether you've been there 20 minutes or 40 years, I love you!

Pass this on to the women that God has placed in your life to make a difference. I just did!

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