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It never ceases to amaze me that when I "need" something, I can find it in a blog post. This was perfect today. My friend and I are meeting for lunch. Having been friends for years, we let life get busy and our friendship became a once/twice a year get together. This year we decided that we are more than once/twice a year friends. We have been intentional about checking in and going for lunch often. I printed your post to take to her today... she must read it too!


I love your post and know exactly what you mean. I need to work on my intentional friendships, definitely. I think every woman needs a good friend, or several.

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

Wow. What a hard question! So I'll be honest. I have girlfriends--many! And you are one of them, dear Joanne!

But as in our relationship, it's once in awhile, though encouraging and certainly and oasis in the desert for me. But with all the things I am juggling at home, I do not make a lot of time for friends. It's not that I am not prioritizing them in my heart--I certainly do love each one of them and pray for them as often as God bring them to mind. But I do not have the time to spend meeting with them much or talking on the phone much. It's a season, I am hoping! I would dearly love to meet a friend for coffee every Friday. Hee! Even in writing this reply, I have had to stop and re-direct Sydney. Such is the life!

Love you and so glad you have a dear friend like Christy!!

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

Hee! Of course I have to edit...
*an* oasis and *brings* them to mind.

Ha! Lord deliver me!


I am SO glad you have such rich female relationship, Joanne! I have been everwhelmingly blessed too. : )


My very best friend and I met through our now 14 year old boys...but when they were 2 years old and in Mom's Day Out. We have been through thyroid cancer (mine), hysterectomy (hers), Mom dying (hers), kids going off to college (mine) and so many other life events. I don't know what I would do if she wasn't walking through my life day to day with me. We started out staying home with our kids and then both worked for a spell but we are both back home now and LOVING it. We have a prayer group together, Bible study together, attend each other's churches, talk MULTIPLE times a day, vacation together, eat lunch together AT LEAST every Wednesday...we just live life together. We pray for each other's husbands and families and are so integrated that it would be hard to split apart now. We love most of the same things. Our husbands are both workaholics so we spend alot of time together and you are is the intentional friendship that makes it work. :)

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