“I HATE women!” Those were the words . . . MY words . . . stated to a former Pastor’s wife many years ago. Words laced with venom but also hurt at the betrayal I’d felt from some of the women in my life. Women who were supposed to be my closest friends.
“You’ll be ministering to women one day then,” she replied calmly.
Looking back on that day and the incredible healing journey that began there and continues in my life today (it is a process you know), I stand amazed. God not only healed my brokenness but He also made a complete change in my heart and brought me full circle to a place of not only loving women, but desiring to offer them hope and healing in their own lives.
Doesn’t our God have a great sense of humor?
Here is my tribute to the circle of women in my life.
No, it isn’t Mother’s Day or Glorify the Goddess That You Are Day. Haha! But lately, as I’ve tended to the flowers in my yard I’ve been reminded of the women in my life. Daily watering, picking off old blooms, pruning back those that grow out of control, and simply enjoying their fragrance and beauty.
Each woman who has crossed my path in this life journey holds an important place in my heart and has in some way shaped who I am.
Some have been my friends for ages and we know each other to the core of our beings. These are those with whom I’ve shared secrets that I had vowed to take to the grave! You listened and did not judge. You accepted me, imperfections and all.
Some are brand new friends that I’m still getting acquainted with. We have a lot to share with one another and I look forward to more time spent in your presence. I’m excited to hear your stories.
Some of you came into my life for a short season and are now gone. Gone but never forgotten.
Some of you hold different beliefs than I do but we’ve agreed to disagree in love.
Some of you may have left my life wounded. You by me and me by you. I promise you that along my healing journey God has healed all those hurts in me and I pray that He will do the same for you.
Some of you dear girls are boisterous and funny.
Some of you I’ve never met face-to-face but I know that if we did have the chance to sit together we would know each other instantly and find ourselves chatting for hours. I’m pretty sure that will actually happen with some of you and I’m holding a spot for you here at my table.
Joyous times, funny times, silly times. Sad times, tearful times, holding each other close times. Angry times and wounded times. Times of working together side-by-side or relaxing and playing almost as hard as we worked!
No matter what role you have played in my life I value you deeply. I would not be who I am today without the experiences we’ve had together. I look forward too to new friendships and the richness to be gleaned from them. I hope I can enrich your life in some way also.
Girlfriends . . . I am incredibly thankful to Father God to have you in my life.
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