For My Friend on Her Birthday

I have been so incredibly blessed in my life with women who have influenced, encouraged, challenged and taught me.  I have had so many women invest in me at different times in my life, and I will forever be grateful for each and every one of them.  God has given me one of the greatest gifts of my life in my dear “Bible study buddy.”  Yesterday was her birthday and that made me stop and really think about how much her friendship has changed my life.

Our friendship began when we did a Bible study called “Made to Crave” together.  I sat in a church basement knowing I wanted/ needed to do that study.  I wanted so badly for the other women to join me on that journey.  With a dry throat and shaky knees I asked the whole Sunday School class if any of the women wanted to do that study with me.  From the other side of the room she smiled at me and said she was in.  No one else joined us in that study, but it was wonderful with just the two of us.

That first study kicked off journey of growth I could’ve never seen coming.  We’ve done many more studies since then, including the “Made to Crave” one twice, just the two of us.  We’ve each grown in our walks with the Lord through our time together.  It’s been, I guess about 3 years now that we’ve been meeting on Monday afternoon or evenings to study.  In this time we’ve studied, laughed, cried and prayed a lot together.

She is a very special woman of God, an inspiration to me of a woman who has walked with God through the fire.  When I think of the Proverbs 31 woman I can’t help but see my friend.  She is kind, strong, faithful, humble, hard working, generous, and loving.  She’s encouraged me in my marriage, motherhood, work, and life more times than I can count.  She’s also given me a few much needed butt kickin’s.  I know she’s been my very own prayer warrior when Satan has been trying to steal my marriage, peace, identity and many other attacks.

Our friendship was a Divine appointment.  When God leads us to let people in, it’s for our own good and His glory.  Titus 2:3-5 “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Is there someone God has put in your life to mentor or befriend?  If so, do it, the reward is beyond what you can imagine.  Oh by the way- I purposely didn’t use her name because it would probably embarrass her.  But she knows who she is.  So happy birthday to my dear friend, I love you and thank God for bringing you into my life.