Friends. What does that word mean to you?? How have friends influenced your life?? There seems to be different types of friendships. Fair weather friends, passing friendships, heart friends, lifelong friends.
Through the years, I've met gals whom I've befriended. Yet there had never really been that "heart" friend. You know the one that you can share your dreams and deepest thoughts with, and know that they will go no farther then her ear.
When I met Diana, she was such a warm and likable person. She was the type of gal who was everybody's friend. Through the years she became my BFF. We would talk together almost every day. She was giving and hospitable. She loved life and laughed a lot. But the one thing about Diana that made her special, was her unselfish love. Now that's the kind of friend a body needs. Eight years ago she lost her battle with cancer. And I have missed her so much.
God in His kindness brought another lovely lady into my life. We met about 14 years ago as we worked together at a week long conference. She lives over 1000 miles away, but we clicked. And as communication started to flow between us, we discovered that we had so much in common. We would only see each other about once a year, but our friendship started sticking like glue.
Through the years our friendship has grown and blossomed. I value her thoughts and prayers. She visits me a couple of times a year, and I try to visit with her as well. She is truly my Heart friend.
What does it mean to have such a special friend??
"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person. Having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words. But to pour them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away." (George Eliot)
Can I challenge you to take a few minutes and write a note to your special friend. Let them know how much they have invested in your life. It will only take a few minutes of your time, but the rewards will last a life time.