My Best Forever Friend

January 25, 2008

My Laurie is my best forever friend of 22 years. I guess the cool way to say it is like this, "BFF."

When I first realized that our friendship was unique was at a divorce support group I was attending. I don't recall know how the topic of friendships came up that caused me to share about my Laurie, however I can vividly remember how the room became silent and all eyes were on me. It didn't take long for me to figure out that the atmosphere had changed in the room. In the uncomfortable silence, I hesitantly asked the group, "Don't you all have a friend like my Laurie?" An older gentleman in his 70's said to me, "What you have with your friend is rare. I have never experienced a friendship like the one you have with your friend." Every one in that room nodded in agreement with his statement.

I sat there in stunned silence. I had no idea. I thought everyone had a friend who knew everything there was to know about them. It was an epiphany for me.

I wish I could say that from that moment on I have never taken my Laurie for granted or that I have expressed my gratitude for all that she does for me every day or that I have never forgotten to make her a coconut cream pie from scratch for her birthday, but that would be a lie. I'm two years late with my Laurie's coconut cream pie from scratch birthday pie and know what? She still loves me. Amazing....

In the verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, replace the word love with Laurie and you will have a clear picture of how blessed I am to have my Laurie as my BFF.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love you, Laurie!!!

Let Them Come Home

January 15, 2008

Having a prodigal child is painful. How to deal with a prodigal child is confusing.

Abraham Piper, son of Pastor John Piper, was a prodigal and wrote a very encouraging article that all parents should read.  I know I was very blessed by it and will refer to it often as I love and pray for my two prodigal children.

Let Them Come Home

Another word bites the dust...

January 9, 2008

The Boy: Mom…That’s not a nice word!

Me: It’s not a curse word, so it’s okay if I use it and don’t correct me. I am the mom.

The Boy: &*%$@#@.

Me: I changed my mind, it is a bad word and we will not be using it in this house. Deal?

The Boy: DEAL!

You’ll know it’s a bad word when your child says it and you are ashamed that they heard it from you first.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29

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