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Monday, June 20, 2011

In Others' Words: Friendship

My friend, Barbara, my newly-married friend, Roxanne, and me.

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are." ~Source Unknown

I almost used a generic "friends" photo for this blog post. And then I thought of all the a-ma-zing friends God has blessed me with and I decided to go with real-life friends, not some strangers in a stock photo. Then my dilemma was deciding what photo to choose ... which friends to feature?

I just came back from my friend, Roxanne's, wedding. Roxanne and I have known each other for at least 20 years. (We met in kindergarten. Yeah, right.) Another forever-friend, Barbara, came to the celebration too.

Friends like Barbara and Roxanne have made such a difference in my life. They've encouraged me through tough times, rejoiced with me, prayed for me when I couldn't, listened, said what needed to be said ... Their complete acceptance of me enables me to be real. No masks. No pretenses. Their friendships are truly gifts that I treasure.

In Your Words: When you stop and think about friends, how have they made a difference in your life? What qualities do you value the most in a friend?

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At 8:31 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

Waaaa! My best friend is moving. Waaa! Okay, now that I'm done with that, I look for kindness. It seems like such a simple thing to ask for, but it's somewhat rare. I value women who lift up other women, loyal women, and women who like to laugh.

~ Wendy

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

So sorry your best friend is moving, Wendy. That is a tough loss, I know!
Kindness is truly a precious attribute for a friend.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Jeanne T said...

Wendy, I'm so sorry your best friend is moving away. That is difficult!

Beautiful picture, Beth! Those life time friends are precious indeed. Real friends have made a difference in my life by speaking truth to me, even when it was not easy. They have supported me and loved me through challenging times.

Things I look for in a friend is someone who is trustworthy, who is "real" and honest. Who is gracious, and yes, kind. :)

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Friends that speak the truth in love . . . invaluable.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Sarah Forgrave said...

There are so many different levels of friendship, aren't there? And it's a treasure to find "kindred spirits" (to steal the words of Anne Shirley).

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Ah, Anne Shirley and kindred spirits ... love them both, Sarah!


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