People might know her as Kelsey but to me when we're just hanging out or whatever I call her Kelsey-roo. My dear friend Kelsey has been visiting for 3 weeks and she just left yesterday to fly back to CA. We had a great time together. Nothing like cleaning up throw-up day after day to make you bond. :) We did have a good time though. We went back to VA to visit and so that Samuel could get his shots. We talked about God, and friendships, changes, politics, and nutrition. It amazes me how much she's grown up. (She's probably very embarassed reading this). I met Kels when she was just 12. And now she's of a drinking age. Wow. 9 years. A lot of history there. I am so thankful to God that He is kind to give us friends. Friends that encourage. Friends that help us change. Friends that we can lean on in the midst of crisis.
It got me thinking what does it take to be a good friend? Honesty, compassion, acceptance, patience, a listening ear, faithfulness, and a lot more. Plus it doesn't hurt to have chocolate on hand. Chocolate and friendship pair well. Seriously though, at times I feel limited by time and my busnyness as a mom and wish I could do more to express my care, concern, andlove. God help me to be a better friend, to love my friends better and to reach out to those that need a friend.
Something to think about doing: a mini assignment for you reading, write a letter to a friend (old or new) and thank them for who they are and what they've been in your life. Maybe someone you haven't seen in years. It will make their day. I'm trying to hunt a childhood friend I've known since I was 6 and write her a letter. Her life impacted me. She loved God and helped me to love God. It doesn't have to be a long letter, just write someone you wouldn't typically write. It will bless them- believe me.