Thursday, August 22, 2013

That Kind of Friend

I have this major issue with my iPhone (which I really do enjoy immensely).

It cannot read my mind.

When I thought about my husband on Saturday as he was working, I decided to send him a text telling him how much I love him and his integrity and some "other stuff" ;) Sweet, right?

The only problem is that I thought I was sending this text to my husband. Because I was thinking of him, I just assumed my phone knew who to send my text to.

A few minutes later, my dear Kristi sent me a text asking if I meant to send my text to her!

This text, which was to be for my husband's eyes only (not inappropriate but definitely personal), had been sent to her!

After picking myself off the floor from laughing hysterically, I called her.

She never said, "What is wrong with you?!" or, "How could you mistake me for Brian?!" or "What a mistake that was!"

When she answered and heard me howling on the other end of the line, she laughed and asked, "Are you okay?"

She then went on to encourage me to send my text on to Brian because he would love it (I never did. I just called him later and, in between fits of laughter, told him the entire story!).

Her next comment really showed me just how true a friend I really do have. "Oh, honey! You're safe with me!"

Yep! She's that kind of friend.

Our girls together
Proverbs is full of verses about friends, but Kristi is one that falls under the category of "iron friend." (Proverbs 27:17)

These kinds of friends sharpen us (we are encouraged to try harder and be better just by being around them) and they make us feel better (conversations with them leave you feeling refreshed).

Do you have a friend or friends like that? A friend that you can totally make the biggest mistake of your life and hear, "Oh, honey! You're safe with me!"

Someone you can call while still laughing at yourself and have then join you in laughing?

Someone who you find yourself awake with while living in completely different counties so you Face time each other at 3 in the morning just so you both don't have to be awake alone?

Someone who sends you Facebook or text messages to encourage you for no reason at all?

Someone who opens up their home to you and your family for a weekend getaway?

Someone who shares their personal prayer requests with you and you know you can do the same with them- and you are both safe from judgment and gossip?

Someone who encourages you in your marriage and is a card carrying member of the "I-love-your-children" fan club?

Someone who plans days to come out to spend time with you and your children just because she wants to?

I have a handful of friends that fit into this category.

If you don't, how can you get a friend like this?

Proverbs 18:24a says, "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly." In other words, be that kind of friend to someone and you will find that kind of friend.

To all of my "that kind of friend" friends, thank you for being my friend, especially when I make a mistake since we all know I make plenty, and loving me as I am. I love you dearly.

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