Thursday, April 25, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Friend

Five Minute FridayFive Minute Fridays: this is where a brave and beautiful bunch gather every week to find out what comes out when we all spend five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing ‘em over here.

This Week: Friend


She is one of the very few who sees all of me. Me who can seem so pulled together on the outside, who people have teasingly call Martha Stewart from time to time, who can organize a project, an office, an event and pull it off with élan. It works for a while. But she knows.

She knows I can lose it at the drop of a hat – temper flaring; blazing impatience, sarcasm cutting. She knows that my confidence is about three inches deep – it shimmers a great reflection – but I wrestle with the same worries and insecurities (maybe more?) as the next girl. She knows my Christmas decorations stayed out until after Halloween last year – so long I almost didn’t want to have the winter holidays again when they came ‘round.

She has been in my life for my whole life. Scattered from memories that are so hazy right through to the ones that are so present they are almost yesterday. She is woven so completely into the tapestry of my life that at some point I stopped calling her friend and now call her sister. Our mothers smile their happiness with it. Our brothers wrinkle their noses in confusion and wonder what we’re doing – are we still playing like we did when we were five? Our families and children grow together and accept that we are each somehow “Aunty” – although they’re not entirely sure how it all works.

She is my safe spot. The first phone call I make in a family emergency after I’ve reached my husband; the one I reach out to when parenting threatens to overwhelm me; the one I laugh with on long, drawn out sister-Saturdays: our time to escape; dabble in bookstores; tell stories; pray together; talk about our lives.

She has been on the desert journey with me – encouraging, praying, and faithfully standing in the gap. She is the friend beyond words that everyone should be blessed with. When biology ceases to matter and the bonds of time have forged something deeper and stronger than DNA will ever know.

She is God’s blessing in my life.

My sister.

My friend.


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  1. Wonderful! What a blessing and what a fun story to read. You're a lucky girl!

  2. I see my daughters planting seeds for lifelong friendships and I'm encouraged by words like these. May God continue to bless your family and His Kingdom from it all...thanks for sharing!

  3. What sweet blessings our friends are! Loved sharing this five minutes with you :)

  4. What an amazing glimpse in a life spent together. Those friendships are rare indeed. Thank you for sharing yours!

  5. Oh what an honour you have written here... just love your words friend...

  6. What a beautiful testimony to your friend Rebekah. A friend like this is a treasure indeed. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you. I enjoyed connecting today.

  7. What a sweet tribute to your sister! I have two and love them both... oh and I also kept Christmas decorations up for way too long last year... I think I finally took them down in June or July? Sometimes we have to risk looking crazy in order to keep from going there! ;) Love you friend! Missed you last night! I will be praying for your (in)RL and wishing you were live and in person at mine!

  8. Oh what a blessing when a friend becomes a sister, so intricately woven into every detail of our life. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. "God's blessing in my life": perfect. It's true, how blessed you are to have someone there for you. Loved reading your post! :)

  10. Blessed to have sisters as you describe...and a couple of friends too. Thankful!


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