Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Friends

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Ephesians 1:16

When I first began this journey with my husband into the chaplaincy I never imagined it would bring about such wonderful friendships. Daily, I am thankful for this in my life. Some of these women I will probably never meet. Some I have (praise the Lord)! All of them are very special to me. Many, but not all, I met right here. It began with a simple comment on this blog, and has blossomed into a wonderful friendship.

To all of you - the scripture above says it all. I give thanks to God every day for you and I am praying for you. You are precious people, and a huge blessing to me! Although the majority of you are very far away, I feel very, very close to you. For those of you I have the privilege to live close to, I am so grateful to God for that!

I can't leave out the rest of my friends...

To those of you who I knew before this journey began, I am grateful to God for you as well. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, and for staying in touch. I miss you! And, to my very best friend on this earth, my husband, I am forever grateful for you and the friend you are to me. I love this journey we are on...together. We've been friends a very long time, and it grows sweeter with each passing year. Your friendship is unlike any other because you see me just the way I am, all the time, and you love me unconditionally.

Thank you for your friendship! I love you all.

Lord, thank you for the gift of friendship! Our lives are richer because of it! Thank you for being that friend that sticks closer than a brother. Your friendship is sweeter than any other and, because of your great love for us, we are able to love others. I am grateful that you are ever-present; that no matter where I am, or what I am going through, you are here with me.

(For other Thankful Thursday posts, visit Sting My Heart. It's great to see so many people giving thanks to God for the many blessings in life! We have much to be thankful for.)


Denise said...

Friends are truly gifts from Gods heart.

LAURIE said...

I am thankful for new friends like finding one in you. God bless, Laurie

MaryLu said...

I am so thankful for friends; old ones and new ones, (not as in age-old! I mean, ones I've known for a long time!)
I often thought, (in jest) that I knew enough people and unless someone died, I couldn't possibly fit another one in. I know now that there is room in my heart for many, many more; and I thank God for each special friendship He brings into my life!

eph2810 said...

What a beautiful prayer and I want to say 'Amen' to that. Friendship is wonderful - especially friendship with God and with our beloveds.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past week.

Be blessed today and always...