Sunday, August 2, 2009

Got Friends?


Some say I'm a bit social. Others probably think I talk too much. I can't help it. It's how God wired me. I LOVE TO TALK. What women doesn't? If talking were a sport, I'd be a gold medal winner in every event. I am quite the overachiever.

Now, add my chatty nature and a heart to love on people and you have the recipe for a new friend. I have been blessed with quite a few.

This past week I've had a great time. There were my coffee dates with Sue and Aly, my day by our pool with Kellie and another day poolside with my friend Vicki. I had my girlfriend Holly over for lunch today and tomorrow I am having my friend Kim and her kids over to swim. Oh, and my friend Carolyn is stopping by tomorrow for our soccer team BBQ, so that counts for friend time too, doesn't it? (I still need to make a date with you Beth!)

But, the bestest time of all was spent this weekend with my precious friend Celia. She picked me up yesterday morning and took me to her house in the woods. Oh, mercy me, what a great time we had. God has knit our hearts together. We were friends years ago before Jesus came in and scooped us out of our miry muck. Today, we are friends who have been redeemed by His grace. I don't believe there is anything more special than that.

Each beautiful friend I have mentioned is precious to me. Each one has blessed my life with something different. One is a woman who I glean from with her writing and perseverance, another I am linked to by her patriot's heart and strength, another is a sister who went to high school with me and is burdened by our hurting world. I have a friend who I am in awe of when it comes to her parenting skills, another who impresses on my heart to make my home a place where God lives, and yet another who I lean on as my prayer warrior. And I can't leave out a sister in the Lord who makes me laugh myself silly with her dry sense of humor and miraculous patience for her husband. Have I mentioned yet my friend who speaks God's words over my life with her counsel?

Nor will I leave out my sweet sisters Pen and Sandie in Australia, or my countless blogging friends who I love. Some I will see very soon!

I believe each special friend is in my life for a purpose. There are lessons to be learned and joy to be received from all of these beautiful women.

So, fill me in on your life. Do you have a special friend? How has she made an impact on your life? Has she helped you grow in your walk with the Lord?"

If you don't have one, take a moment today to pray for one. But, in a pinch, please remember -you have a friend in me.


Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!—Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

14 comments:

beloved Mama said...

You are awesome!!!! I'm a bit social too :o) I need my friends- I love my IRL friends and my bloggy friends- and it was my bloggy friends who got me through a very rough season a couple of years ago-

Denise said...

Friends are true heart jewels.

Linda said...

Joanne, You sound like such a fun friend to have. I am sure that your friends feel "Blessed" to have you!

I am already a follower, but I am posting your button on my sidebar so that even more people can share in your joy.

I love how you love Jesus,....and your hubby, family, and friends.

Come on over to my place today and read about the fun I had with some of my friends the other night. We had some "Girl Talk", and it was a great time.

Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Aspiemom said...

Oh, my. I am filled with envy, which is bad.

We moved two years ago and it takes soooo long to establish new friendships, especially when you can't leave the house a lot and aren't in the working world. The only person I speak with or see is my 75 yr old mother!

I'm glad you have so many wonderful friends and special times together. But it makes me sad, too, because I want that...:(

Sue Tornai said...

You are a tremendous blessing, Joanne. Thank you for the time you spent with me at Borders. Where did the time go? Thank you for being my friend.

Kellie said...

what an honor and truly a joy to be your friend from our past but mostly to be your friend/sister in Christ today. xoxo, kellie

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Friends are fabulous aren't they? Even the ones we meet in this precious bloggyland become so close to our hearts!

Thanks for putting my blog on your sidebar!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Love this post Joanne! I have many casual friends, but no real deep friendships outside by husband. Sometimes I feel I'm incapable of making a close friend again. Thanks for your bloggy friendship!

Lauren said...

too wonderful! I love to talk it up with my fellow ladies too!:) I have many casual friends and aquaintances, but only a few very close friends that I would call "sisters." It's a precious gift from God! I am also thankful for your friendship here in blog land!! :P

Shermanators said...

I love this post! I had the most fabulous weekend with girlfriends too! My heart was full of love coming into the week. This would have been the perfect post for a Mr. Linky! :) Have a wonderful week, Joanne!

Runner Mom said...

This was fabulous! Girlfriends are such blessings from God! I am truly blessed with my friends here and in bloggyland! They are a joy!

Hugs!Susan

Starr said...

You are certainly a dear friend to me, girl! Even though we are so far apart and have spoken seldom in the last few months. I sure miss ya! Wish I could have been at She Speaks this year, but it just was not possible to fit it into my life right now.
I am back on track and hope to be visiting you much more often here at your beautiful blog.
By the way, I am a talker too and because of that trait in us both, we became fast friends, right?
Love you,
Starr

christy rose said...

Joanne, This was a great post! You are most definitely blessed with many friends. You must be a good friend to find so many who have befriended you. What a treasure that they are. I love my friends and I love my blogging friends too. They both play a huge part in my life today. Thanks for sharing this piece of your fun life with us here.
Christy

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Friends are SUCH a blessing!! I do have a best friend that I see weekly - we try to solve the world's problems, or at least each other's - LOL. I have other friends too, but have a couple of special friends through blogging that I hope to meet someday. And we've gotta meet someday - too close not to do it! :)

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