Sunday, July 25, 2010

Natalie



Several years ago I was sitting in a mommy meeting...you know like MOPS.  When this girl stood up and asked for prayer, and for some reason I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  We became fast friends.  She joined my bible study group, started going to my church...our circles became the exact same.  Her husband was in the military and he was overseas for a long time, so she had moved back home with her mom and baby girl.  I don't know who needed the friendship more her or me.  But it filled a hole...a void.  We did everything together.  Then she moved away.


Fast forward about 6-7 years later.  Our paths have only crossed twice since then.  Only when we make it out to Colorado do we see each other.  We don't talk but maybe once or twice a year, but when we do it's like yesterday she was my everyday friend.  I think God puts people in our lives when we need them most.  There are seasons with friendships.  I was there for her while she waited for her husband, and she kept me company in those lonely new mommy days.  I thank God for placing her in my path.  She was and still is a blessing in my life.  He always knows just who and/or what we need...just when we need it:)  So thankful for that. 





Have a blessed day.

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30 comments:

  1. Friendship is one of the best gifts God gives us isnt it? :)
    Theres a warmness and comfortableness just being in each others company and even when distance often separates us its still there...and its something to be treasured..thats for sure.
    So happy that God gives us our "Natalies" and our "Beckys" :)
    Have a sweet Sunday, my friend.
    Lovely post..an endearing reminder of the blessings of friendships

    Deborah xo

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  2. True friends are like that, you don't need to be there every minute all the time but when you need them they are there. I get it. It's always nice to have someone like that. Glad that you were able to have a friend like that.
    Zizette

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  3. You are so right Becky. He knows just what we need and when we need it. I, too, am so thankful for my all friends; the "reasons", "seasons" and "lifetimes".

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  4. I am so amazed and completely thankful for the friendships I've been blessed with in the different seasons of my life!

    Each new location I've lived and new phase of life that I've entered has been met with a new 'soul sister' friendship. God is so good to provide that tangible need, isn't He?

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  5. I just found a friend like that. I am SO thankful for her. It means so much to have someone who understands you. God is good to give us those special friends!
    PS: I love wearing my necklace ;)

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  6. Friendship is definitely a gift from God. We don't know when they will happen or even why, but without them we would be lost. My best friend just moved to S. Carolina from Michigan I am miss her everyday, but when we talk it is like she is still here.

    A beautiful post for all our friendship!

    Have a great day!

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  7. that is me and my buddy since second grade. we only e-mail rarely see each other, but I am closest to her for 30 years. she is flying out from MN to see me in a couple weeks!! Why do friendships have to get difficult if you don't talk for a while??? someone gets offended and makes it wierd. We all need one good, not wierd, don't talk but then you do and it's all good friend in our lives...

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  8. Good Morning, Becky!
    Thank you for the
    sweet comments that
    you leave for me on P&H,
    most especially the last
    post on my friend Kathleen's
    journey with breast cancer.
    Your words were a comfort
    to us both ~ she has read
    every comment and it has
    inspired and lifted her in
    a way you can't imagine.
    So, I know exactly how you
    feel about your own dear
    friend Natalie....Kath and
    I were just experiencing
    the freedom to see each
    other more often....We
    never imagined it would
    be in this way....But you
    can be sure that I'll be
    burning up the road between
    here and Chicago!!!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: I want a picture
    like that with my BFF!!!

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  9. I have had several 'seasonal' friendships. They are absolutely a blessing. It's sad, though, when the season comes to an end you're not ready. It helps us to value what we're given. I'm glad the two of you had the opportunity to know each other and that you still find ways to keep in touch. Have a great week!

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  10. I know God gives us friends of the heart gifts like your Natalie. There are just those friends of the heart that no matter how often you get to speak or visit, when you do it's as if you have never been apart. I'm so glad that you were able to be together and visit with your special friend Becky.

    And do I see one of your creative pendants around her neck?

    Your smiles are both so lovely. Makes me smile too!
    Lee Ann

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  11. Your sweet post brought both tears and a smile. I so enjoyed our time together and miss it so much. You will always be one of my dearest friends and I love you!!!
    Natalie

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  12. From what I can tell, she is a very blessed lady to have you as a friend. I love so much the friends God has put in my life over the years, my sister especially, I just wish I had more right now...!!Life without girlfriends is just not the same! Have a great day!

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  13. becky, God DOES put friends in our lives for seasons, but like seasons returning, we've reconnected with so many long-ago friends in the last couple of years. one girlfriend goes back 43 years ago! i love it!

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  14. I think you are so right...friends come into and go out of our lives always filling a void in the heart. Sometimes I think we were friends in a previous life too :D

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  15. That is true friendship, one of the most precious gifts God gives us! xo

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  16. I love this! God definitely places people in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Friendships of the heart are so incredibly wonderful ~ something to truly treasure and thank God each day for.

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  17. I have so many friends like that and they are placed in my life by His own hands. There is a quote that CS Lewis said, and I won't get it quite right but it goes something like this: "The Christ who said to the twelve disciples, 'I have chosen you' most surely says to Christian friends, I have not only chosen you but I have chosen you for each other." Isn't that beautiful? And its emphatically true!

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  18. I need someone like that. I have bunches of friends, but not that one special "we can do everything together" friend.

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  19. i just love how God does that for us!!! it's beautiful to have a friend that you can see after much time has passed and feel that nothing has changed!

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  20. What a lovely photo of you and your friend Natalie. I had a friend like Natalie a very long time ago and for as long as the good lord meant for her to be here on earth. We met in 8th grade so we grew up tohether. I moved away from NJ to NH in our senior year of HS. We saw each other every few years, talked on the phone a few times each year and also stayed in touch via snail mail. At the age of 34 she passed away. She was and always will be that one very special friend who was always there for me and me for her. Not one day does not go by that I do not miss her or thiink about all of the good and the bad times we shared. I agree with you.I think that God does put people in our lives when we need them most.

    I love your friends necklace. :)

    Mary

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  21. When I first saw the photo, I thought you were sisters!

    So maybe God puts people in our lives when we need them the most, but why, Becky, why does he take them away? And when he takes them away forever from their kids and husbands and friends then WHY does He do that? To me, there are two solutions to either be angry with God for doing that or to just not believe he does do that...

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  22. I do have a friend like that! You are right! A gift form God!!!

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  23. Friendship like that is so special and should always be cherished! I have a friend like that. We don't talk but when we do, its like we were never apart! Its funny how God puts people together and not for an everyday use!

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  24. Love this Becky, true friends are friends always no matter the distance!!! hope you had a good weekend!

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  25. Awesome! Doesn't it just feel like sometimes God sends along the perfect person at the perfect time?

    You two look like you could be sisters. ha!

    Anyways! Today is the day! So excited - I've got my little giveaway goin' over at my blog with a pic of the necklace and hope that is okay I used your pic! I'm so jazzed!

    Happy Week Deary! The Lady of the House

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  26. You are completely right about God sending us the friends we need when we need them. I had a best friend in high school that I kind of lost touch with for about 10 years. As hubby and I started planning our wedding she came back into my life through happenstance. After two years of marriage it became clear hubby and I would have to seek help getting pregnant - my friend who had been through the same path a couple of years earlier helped me keep my sanity and got me through some of those very rough, very sad months. I know she came back into my life for that reason alone, b/c God knew I was going to need her before I even knew what was waiting in my future.

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  27. I love girlfriends like that Becky ~ they are like an old pair of slippers!! You are so right as He brings people into our lives when we need them the most.
    Thank you for the kind words today. This was the place where Dad was born ~ it holds so many memories and I do have to remember that the memories remain in my heart ~ not in the house and contents. xo

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  28. I know you have several other comments here, but I just had to say that I too had one of these friends around the end of my pregnancy and just after our son was born. My gal pal was there for me and accepted me for who I am. She welcomed my crazy antics and my desires to walk in the western cool rain. She joined me on a day trip to the beach with our brand new babies and gobbled up my funny ideas. I miss her like crazy and wish we could catch up more often. I too am and will forever be greatful for my fast friend. Thanks for the warm memories. Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

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  29. i love friendships like that. it is so easy when you can just pick up where you've left off. and i see she's wearing one of your special necklaces. you didn't say anything about seeing her when you were in colorado. is this pic from that trip? you both look so pretty.

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