The Gift of Best Friends

Recounting those who have offered love and laughs over the years.

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Did you know that June 8 is Best Friends Day? I was just with a large group of my friends at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. They’re special because many of them have been part of my writing journey from day one. I love the creativity that sparks when we’re together and how they understand my world. Fellow Guideposts blogger Edie Melson and I were newbies together at that conference about 15 years ago. We’ve encouraged each other, prayed together, cheered when the other won an award or when God opened an exciting door. What a gift to have that friendship!

My friend, Lorraine, is my bestie of many years. When I was a newlywed, we were both on tight incomes. We’d go to the mall without a penny in our pockets or, on blessed days, we pooled our money and shared a soft drink. We had fun, though, and those days were some of our sweetest moments. We’ve walked through life together—through financial upheavals, health battles and the loss of loved ones. We’ve made memories together.

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My friend, Dee Dee is a delight in my life. We’re so much alike that we joke that God must have made us from the same mold. We share the same warped sense of humor, we both love cupcakes, and we pray for each other. That’s a treasure to me.

I could go on and on about special friends like Todd, Michelle, Lynette, my Gideon Media Arts family and many others. Each is precious to me for different reasons, and I’m so blessed to have them in my life.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite, my husband Paul. He’s been my best friend for 43 years now. He knows my heart, he knows my flaws, and he loves me anyway. He prays for me, cheers for me and comforts me when my heart is broken. I can’t imagine my life without him, and each day is truly a gift from God.

But my dearest best friend is Jesus. He’s the one who’s never failed me, who’s been there for every moment of my life. I’ve counted on Him for provision, wisdom and comfort. He’s given me the oh-so-sweet privilege of writing for Him and hearing His sweet whispers to my heart.

This would be a good time to stop and think about your friends and how they bless you. Call them. Write a note. Set up a lunch date. Let them know how precious they are to you. Maybe, like me, you’ll end those moments realizing that you’re wealthy in all the ways that truly matter.

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