Girlfriends pic 4The older I get, the more I value my girlfriends and the relationships we have built over the years. Thinking back on how my various friendships began, and when certain people were brought into my life, I have no doubt God’s hand was involved. God places certain people in our paths because He knows what we need. For example, long before I married a pastor I was befriended by several women who were already in that role with years of experience as a “pastor’s wife.” God knew the journey I would be taking and sent me girlfriends who would understand, guide, and encourage me. Prior to that, I crossed paths with women of similar backgrounds; or women who were experiencing life changing events that I, too, had experienced. The bond of these relationships continues to grow and even though we may be separated by miles, or just the busyness of our lives, our hearts remain united.

Because of our demanding lives, the opportunities to spend time with my friends are few and far between. I look forward to those opportunities with a grateful heart and praise God for bringing these special ladies into my life. Girlfriends call or show up at just the right time, know just the right thing to say, laugh together until they cry…or cry together until they laugh. Girlfriends uphold each other through the toughest of times and rejoice with each other through the best of times. “A friend loves at all times…” (Prov. 17:17)

So whether it’s a weekend at the beach, lunch or shopping at the mall, or over a cup of coffee, enjoy the grace and peace the gift of a true girlfriend brings. And may God bless you with many good, hearty belly laughs that only your girlfriends will understand!