Faces have been removed to protect the innocent!
Once a week me & my friends meet up usually for breakfast. We are not your ladies what lunch on rivita and cream cheese, we like a good cooked breakfast and coffee and cakes!
We happen to be members of the same church, which does make our relationships and time together special. We love a good gossip, ahem, I mean sharing prayerful concerns!
Aside from my family these are the most treasured people in my life, they have laughed with me, cried with me and prayed with me. Without a special couple of them I honestly dread to think of what today would be like.......if I was still here.
Although we all attend church and are Christians, there is no exclusivity and it is especially nice when we are joined by a non-Christian friend, as well as the opportunity to meet more people, it is great to show ourselves as perfectly normal ladies, who love a laugh and can enjoy the odd naughty conversation along with the best of them!
Sometimes to ask a friend along to Church can seem almost impossible, but to ask them to join you in a social setting is far more natural and our lives become our testimony.
I can remember a very lonely time in my life, when I was so consumed with a young family but I desparately wanted friends, friends who I would still have long after the kids had left home, friends who I could tell my deepest fears and shames to and know I wouldn't be judged.
I prayed and asked God for that, and boy did he deliver! It might have taken quite a few years for these friendships to form and then a few years after that for me to fully accept that they also valued my friendship, but I think I am there now.
If you are a friend that is being leaned on, you are worth more than you will ever know. And if you are leaning on a friend at the moment remember to thank God for their special role in your life.