I don't believe I've ever thought to thank you, God, for this wonderful friend. I do thank you for creating her and letting her enrich my life this way. Thank you for all the months we've known each other and the confidences and hope and troubles that we've shared.
Thank you for the understanding we bring to each other, for the patience we have with each other's faults, for the advice, and even the scoldings
we are able to give each other without either of us taking offense.
Thank you for the help we have been to each other, in this way, and so many more. Thank you that because of her I am a better, happier person and that she has grown as a person too because of me.
Thank you that she would give me anything in her power, time, money, work, possessions, encouragement, sympathy, whatever my need and that she knows I would be as quick to respond to whatever her needs might be.
Thank you that we can laugh together, cry together, rejoice together. When we do come together it is always the same.
Lord, bless and keep her, this person you fashioned and filled with qualities that have meant so much to me. Thank you, Lord, for my friend.
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The Attitude of My Heart
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. (My translation from Philllipians 2:5-11.)
I am: a single mother, a former foster mother, a child shepherder, a college graduate, a Master's of Education candidate, a feminist, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, a voter, a dreamer, a heterosexual, a lover and owner of Chihuahuas, a lover and previous owner of Cocker Spaniels, eclectic, sassy, unique, allergic to milk, caffeine glutton, an internet addict, a Christian, a friend, a cohort, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a counselor, a teacher, a kid at heart, an adult, a woman, a sexual assault survivor, someone working to prevent sexual assault, a chocoholic, a bookworm, a scrapbook artist, a photographer, German, Welsh, a proud American, a blog junkie, a Christmas fanatic, an advocate for children, supporter of education, a crime show watcher, a hopeful writer . . . I am ME.