I won't tell you which one she is but......it's not me, my mother-in-law, or her best friend who is having a special birthday today!
Today I have the joy of honoring one of my most special friends on her ___th birthday! Our friendship goes back only a few years but it is one that was formed on a solid foundation.
Staci and I never called each other on a daily basis, went shopping weekly, or went out on the weekends. Instead our friendship was formed on two very important aspects - family and prayer. This friendship I treasure began as an offspring of my in-laws' and her parents' friendship. When our families would get together for special occasions that was really the only time she and I did things, other than church.
Then, our bond was really solidified when we both started attending Monday night prayer meetings. We would claim our own separate corners and spend time with our Creator. Those special times in prayer united our spirits in ways that social outings never could.
I am a family oriented person and don't always tend to be social. Staci is also a family oriented person so we have always honored each other's "space."But, that realization of the need for individualization did not effect our spiritual connection.
Staci has the uncanny ability to make me feel better about myself when I am around her. I don't worry about what I say, or don't say. I can be me! She is a strength to all of her friends and many times an amazing confidential sounding board! We may not communicate for weeks, yet I know our friendship will pick right up where it left off. She doesn't get angry if I forget one of her personal milestones or remember it to late. She challenges me to be a better person. She can touch the Throne of God when I need her to. She is an AMAZING friend!