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Beauty In Friendship
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One of the hardest things about moving to a new town is finding new friends. Trying to find where you belong; a place to call your own. When my husband, son and I moved a little over a year ago, I felt blessed to be moving to a place where my husband’s family lived. Among these family members, was my sister-in-law, who was also my best friend. I couldn’t believe we were actually going to be living in the same town. Our toddler sons could grow to know and love each other.

My sister-in-law had asked me to join her at a weekly girls Bible study. I was excited to go and felt I had made an instant circle of friends. I really learned just how much I appreciated and loved them when I went through some hard times. They would wrote notes, called or emailed their thoughts, prayers and love to me. It was so nice to have this kind of girl-to-girl support.

As the months passed, I found that certain circumstances started keeping me from going to the weekly studies. At first it was easy because I still felt so close and still a part of these girls lives. But as the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, the emptiness that comes when you don’t even know what is going on in your friends’ lives anymore, crept in.

One day while talking with a friend, I decided to make going to the weekly studies a priority again. What a blessing that decision was! There were more wonderful girls that had joined the group and everyone was just as loving and accepting as I had remembered them being.

Prayer Partner

God blessed me further when my prayer partner happened to be someone I really wanted to get to know better, and really was one of the reasons I started going back to the study. We discovered that we were struggling with some of the same issues. We were thrilled to be paired up! What a God-send she has been!

Friendships are so important, so valuable, and so hard to replace. To know that someone is praying for you is an awesome part of my courage and strength to get through each day. The girls in this study represent a picture of God: loving, accepting, open, caring and always there for me. I realize now that God called me back to this group of girls, because He knew my needs. I am so glad that He did!

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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