I love celebrating women who are part of my life all the time, not just on designated days like International Women’s Day. I love their beautiful hearts – women who are family and friends, the ornaments of my happy life. I love the new women I meet on my Hearts Across America road trips, the women I mentor, teach, work with, go to school with, and meet each day along my various paths. I love being a woman, and rejoice in the godly relationships that I have been gifted with: I’m filled to the brim with joy!
I’ve always had numerous friends and acquaintances filling my life with joyful laughter, shared tears, and just plain silliness. There have been extremely close friends for life, others for distinct seasons. Some have left for heaven, some for other parts of the country or world. And some I’ve had to let go. I won’t ever forget any of them.
All the women God has brought into my life have made a positive difference, even when they were not meant to stay actively involved. I’ve trusted Him to keep the ones in my life who will help me grow into an old lady who loves, cherishes, and laughs a lot. And who hold me accountable to my faith as I follow Jesus.
I’ve learned so much from these relationships
- I’ve learned to listen, to be quiet, to talk more, and to talk less.
- I’ve learned how to care, when to offer wisdom, when to simply be still.
- I’ve learned that we are all the same inside, even when the exterior is incredibly different.
- I’ve learned that friendships are one of the most important gifts in the world.
- I’ve learned from the women in my life, from birth until now, from elementary school through college, through marriage and divorce, childbirth, and death.
- I’ve learned from all the women I celebrate today.
- I’ve learned how to love.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
There are three kinds of relationships: intimate, close, and casual. I’m able to enjoy all three in different ways and appreciate that God made us to be people who need people.
As I embrace each new season of life, I eagerly wait for the women God will bring into my life. I was once told I’m a relationship junkie. I laughed but admitted it’s true. So bring on the girlfriends ~ let’s spend the rest of our lives celebrating women!
These are two of the most precious women in my life: my daughters Allie and Libby.