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I am thankful for my friends – Proverbs 27:9

Proverbs 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

I am writing this note because I have been blessed with friends whom I consider gifts from God. I am a blessed woman because I have known the love of friends since I was a child.

It amazes me the way that God wired us to love certain people enough to call them friends. I have an assortment of friends, men and women, who are very different in race, education, economic status, career, job and religious status. Each one of them brings a unique perspective to my life. I love those moments when we both agree without ever saying a word. Some of my closest friends don’t even live close by. Yet it’s like they are next door. Before social media made life more accessible, we would trade letters – gasp! That always blows me away.

Some of these friends may not necessarily feel as passionately about God as I do or even believe he exists. And it still works because God knows their hearts and my prayers. J

I also know which friend is going to be real, which friend is going to tell me what to do, which one is going to listen intellectually, which friend is going to comfort me, which friend is going to rationalize a situation or which friend is going to try to fix it (usually it’s the guys who want to fix it, and that’s okay).

Lord – I just thank you and honor you for putting the people in my life who need to be there.  I love you, my friends!



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