Monday, March 10, 2008

LIFETIME FRIENDS

Times are never forgotten. The Lord brings people into our lives for a reason, sometimes those times are only for a moment and sometimes they are for a lifetime. The friend I am talking about is one that started when we were on the High School softball team. This friend of mine, Karen, has been a great friend over the years. She was always someone that I could count on just to listen or to be there for whatever the reason. I have known Karen since 1983. So, that is a long time now. This friend of mine got me involved in going to church and accepting Christ as my personal saviour. When I left home after graduating High School, Karen and her husband Brian helped me to get on my own two feet. They let me live with them for a couple months while I got a job and found my own place to live. I have played softball with these guys for years also.
We were not always able to get together very often after I went off to college and they went to minister at a church. But, every time that we did get together, it seemed like not much time had past and we were always able to continue where we left off.
When I was going through a horrible time of losing my first husband to ALS (amyotrophiclateralsclerosis) Brian was able to preach at the funeral and Karen also spoke.
Five years have went by and there has not been times where I have not thought about them or wondered what has happened or if they were still preaching at the same church or not. Life gets away from ya. I got busy trying to raise my two kids on my own and just adjusting to life. Well, now I am happily remarried and was on my way to get my daughter from her boyfriends, and I got a hunch to call them. God was speaking to me to just call. So, I did! I am so glad that I did. Like I said, just updated on the phone what has been happening in each other's lives and things were like they always seemed to be. "LEFT OFF TO WHERE WE WERE".
I am thankful for my friends and glad that God brought them into my life. Does anyone else have a friend that they have not contacted in a while? If you do, try giving them a call. See what is going on in their lives? You might be blessed!
Congratulations to my friends for God making their church do very well. I am glad that they are able to build onto their church. God is awesome!

5 comments:

Mari said...

I remember Brian from Randy's funeral. He did a great job and it sounds like they are both good friends. Glad you were able to reconnect! I'm also happy to hear the good news on Noah.

Deb said...

I do have such a friend. Yes when we talk we are right where we left off, it's great!! happy you two are in touch. I may have to call my friend:)
Thanks and God Bless,
Deb

Jennifer said...

It is so great to have friends like that. I can relate. Thanks for stopping by. Now I am curious if I have seen you at church. I am guessing you have a different last name than Amanda. I enter all the attendance cards from Sunday morning. Please stop me if you see me at church and introduce yourself to me I would love to meet you.
Smiles!

Nancy said...

That's great Shelly, Its always a blessing when we listen to God...

Anonymous said...

You rock Shelly. I too feel blessed that you called the other day -- We are richer for the people who walk into our lives and you are one that will never be removed from my heart. Isn't God good? He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. I'm glad He has kept you close to His heart (God) beause there is no better place to be. Thank you so much for the call -- I love you! Karen