I was just reading Sally Clarkson's post on her blog (www.itakejoy.com) and was so inspired by her words about friendships and how important it is to cultivate them. Beautiful. She challenged the reader to evaluate the friendships in her life that are life-giving. So, I thought I would ponder that in my own life.
Marilyn Hassaniah. Distant so often now as our lives are so vastly different, yet I know I have a trusted friend in her. I confidently know she prays for me regularly and that is of infinite value. Marilyn and I have been through the ugliest of times and now have no need to fear because we have made it through. She loves Jesus and aches for His return. I love this about her. She is undivided in her commitment to Him and unapologetic in sharing His love. Above all, she desires His will in her life. And she tells the silliest jokes that really aren't that funny but seem hilarious because she laughs so hard at them. Makes me smile just to think of it. :) Bless
Patty Scott. I love her. She is a kindred spirit and even though she seems ultra-spiritual, she doesn't have a holier-than-thou attitude. She is humility and meekness. I know I can be myself with her. What a gift she has given to me! And she still treasures me, even though I am terribly flawed and critical. But, I know she knows my heart. How many truly know our hearts? So very few.
And there they are: those in my close circle at present, though this list is not exhaustive. This is not a closed circle, it is just where things are for now. I do hope I can widen my circle. And I hope I can inspire as I have been inspired. And I am so blessed by the numerous genuine people that surround me in my church. What a sweet gift!
So why do I waste my time worrying about those I want to be friends with but who don't give me the time of day when I have a treasure of friends within arm's reach? Why don't I spend the time writing them notes and loving them instead of seeking that which is not mine? I am so sorry for not doing this.