“Hey Girl!”

Greetings to my fellow lady friends, to my sweet and sometimes sassy women that share commonalities with me:

It’s February (of course) the month in which women get a larger-than-normal dose of attention from our male counter parts. The time of year when love, is emphasized and romance encouraged. Yet while many of us will say love is physical, or that love is a thing shown (in part) via monetary value wrapped with bright shiny paper; I maintain that it has many forms. MOST of which, have no physical bearing at all. But is shown best through actions of help, encouragement, sympathy, empathy, and a shared joy for one another’s mile stones and achievements.

For instance, at a time when I had a large amount of stress due to my oldest child ending up in the hospital, my spirits were hugely lifted through some friends and family of mine. I felt an enormous amount of love and joy when everyone I knew offered me assistance in various ways and assured me that time spent in the hospital would not be held against me and that I could make up any work missed. Exceptions were made, and it was a wonderful thing. My son rested and through many prayers and the good hospital staff, he got better. (I did not, mind you, taken advantage of this kindness, which indeed, often makes a difference in circumstances.)

Therefore, I say friendship can be one of the best and most overlooked form of love out there. My friends are a much needed refreshment in a world that gives nothing but dry arid desserts for cities of sanctuary. The politics and ‘first-come-first-serve’ attitude of cold corporate society is draining on a soul. Which is why God in His infinite wisdom, gave His followers a special kind of support. A fellowship of heart and soul. A family bonded by like-hearted spirits, colorful lights in sometimes cruel, dark place. We become beacons of safety, harboring each other in life’s stormy moment. And often, a quiet ear is a necessary soft place to land and express the frustrations of the days (or weeks) events.

So ladies, while our husbands are an integral part of our lives, please make time, and don’t forget. You have sisters in Christ. Wise women who can help you in truth and loving kindness’s. They offer new perspectives and common experiences that bond. We are simultaneously fuel for our inner fire and nearly empty tanks. Built to both encourage and be encouraged.

Thank God then . . . for ladies night.



Loving Prayer Partners

This month our theme is love, and I would like to blog about some loving Lutheran ladies who have recently inspired me.  A year and a half ago at the district women’s meeting of our denomination, we decided to start a prayer partners program.  The idea was to match up women from a different congregations in the district, thereby deepening relationships between both individuals and churches.

The lady who volunteered to organize the program has become a wonderful Christian sister. Her name is Karen.  Karen calls herself “everybody’s prayer partner” and she has lived out that role by sending each of us a package once a quarter.  In this “prayer package” she includes Bible verses and fun activities.  This year her goal is to call every one of the prayer partners so she can get to know them personally and see how they are interacting with one another.  Now that’s love!

Karen could not be at this year’s conference and so another woman from her congregation spoke to us about the program.  Her name is Audrey.  Audrey shared that her prayer partner was in a nursing home, and she had not heard from her all year;  however she thought of her often, prayed for her and sent her cards.  I spoke with Audrey afterwards, and told her how impressed I was that she continued in prayer without getting any response back .  Her answer?  “I just wanted to do something for someone else.”  I was truly humbled by Audrey’s loving attitude.

As it turns out, Audrey’s prayer partner is a member of my congregation.  When Bea’s 84th birthday came around this month, Audrey sent me a check to buy her some flowers.  Karen called Bea on the phone and sang “Happy Birthday” to her.   What an inspiration these two ladies have been to me — reaching our selflessly to women they do not know to share Christ’s love.

I cannot end without mentioning my personal prayer partner, Gay Lynn.  She has a  support to me this year.  We email all our concerns and hold each other in prayer.  I wish that everyone could experience the comfort of a faithful, praying friend.  We got to meet each other and get a big hug at the conference.

I would like to hear what experience other ladies have had with prayer partners. Has your experience been valuable?  What have you learned from this kind of connection with other Christian women?  Do you have questions about finding a prayer partner? Send us your comments and thoughts!