Thankful for…

…our small group! When David and I lived in MI we never felt like we were part of a group of strong Christians who were our age. We didn’t have a close friendship with other couples who were in our station of life, our age, or ministry. It was often a very lonely time. (I want to say first, that we DID have friends. But, not couples who we got together with on a regular basis.) A few weeks after we moved here, to our current town, we met several of the pastors and their wives who live in our town. In this town there is a sense of teamwork between the pastors rather than a competition. One of the pastors I graduated from MVNU though we didn’t know each other then. He and his wife minister at the Nazarene church here in town. They have 2 boys who are 5 and almost 3. Cora and their youngest son are very good friends! The other couple co-pastor the Mennonite church in town. They are a few years older than us and have 3 girls who are 4, 3 and 1.

These 2 couples already met together on a bi-weekly basis. They asked us to join and we were so excited to do so! These people are our friends. They have challenged us in our ministry, our spiritual lives, the health of our marriage and have given advice with child-raising. I walk twice a week with “N” which always lends to wonderful conversations. David and the other two husbands find ways to meet together regularly, and David is always so encouraged after doing so. I love the two wives. They are the friends my soul and heart have been longing for for a long time. I have wonderful friends who live far away, but I have not had such close, kindred spirits, friends who live in the same town, in a long time.

I am thankful the Lord has brought these 2 families into our lives. They are wonderful people, and I look forward to our friendships growing even more.

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