Kindred Spirits

“The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”

(1 Samuel 18:1b KJV).

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Recently, I was working on Beth Moore’s Jesus the One and Only bible study.  I first did this study way back  in 2001.  Beth asks, “Who makes regular contributions to your life?”  My answers were my husband, my son, my mom, my mother in law and my granny.  Not one single friend!  I remember this time in my life and desperately praying for a friend.  Learning to be a godly wife and mother is hard and I was so lonely for someone who understood.

Then, the Lord blessed me with a friend!  A  kindred spirit.  We started homeschooling at the same time.  Went on field trips and all sorts of fun outings together.

Over the years, He blessed me with several more!  Some are my age, some older and wiser, and some much younger.  We go through seasons where our interests don’t line up as much but then we always pick right back up where we left off.  God knows exactly who we need when.  Who understands, who can help and who we can learn from.

How we hold each other up in prayer thrills me.  I know I can always ask.  Most of the time I don’t even have to.    Some of my most heart wrenching, on my face prayers  have been for my dearest friends.  We have loved and we have lost together.  One has lost a husband, another a child.  We have been through lost jobs, sick children, adoption, the ups and downs of homeschooling and everyday life together.

We also glory in each other’s good stuff.  Falling in love with Jesus, leading our children to the Lord, baptism and the occasion when we feel like we got something right!

I praise the Lord for all of my dear, sweet,  friends and I pray his blessings on each of you.

My prayer is that this will remind you to treasure your friendships.  Thank God for her and tell her how much she means to you.  Then tell me about her.  What have  you have been through together?  Are you still looking for your  kindred spirit?  Let me know so I can pray that you will find each other quickly.  As Anne of Green Gables would say:

Thanks to my new friend  catchingraindrops24 at YouTube for sharing her wonderful video.  “Tribute to a true friendship of two kindred spirits,”  is how she describes it and it couldn’t be  more fitting.

I  also have to say thanks to my little girl.  She found the rock that fit together like a heart that is  in my photo above.  She is amazing like that.  I love her so much!

Don’t forget to tell me about your kindred spirit.  Please let me know in the comments below if you were blessed by this post and feel free to  share it on social media.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    I am truly blessed by know you personally Marisa. I thank God that our paths crossed about a year ago. Good luck with your blog. I love to read encouraging words of faith!

  2. Julie Hutchins says

    Well I too have prayed many times for a friend, a close friend like Jonathan and David. It has been hard being a preacher’s wife. You can only share certain things with people because they forget that your husband is a man just like all men and everyone has flaws. I can never just vent, or share sweet stories for fear of maybe some how hurting his ministry. I have friends, coworkers and others but I long for a close friend to get together with at least once a month. I have raised 4 children and know the business of life that can draw our attention, rightfully so, to our families. But I have lost sight of needing a friend for myself. My husband is my best friend and we have a wonderful time together, but their is a bond I need and want with a girl-friend that can laugh, love and enjoy life while loving Jesus all the time. I love the Lord and I know that he hears my heart. I also know that He is really all I need and He has perfect timing. P.S. Jesus I really would like a close friend though….hehehe 🙂

    • says

      Julie, thank you for sharing from your heart. I remember that feeling well and it was my inspiration for this post. Praise the Lord He hears and answers in His perfect time. I am praying He will bring you just the friend you long for. She is out there and she probably has a few huge plastic bugs in her closet, but love her anyway. Life is so much better when we have a friend we can share the little and the big stuff with. I love my husband so much but God made us different and sometimes another woman is the only one that can understand the little things that we treasure. That is another reason why I am blogging. I have a lot to say and his poor ears can only take so much! I know my “girlfriends” understand. I learn so much from them. How to be a better, wife, mother, friend and Christian. I pray that this blog will be a place that women can come for “friend time”. We can all learn from each other and encourage one another. Blessings to you and thanks so much for your support and love.

  3. Heather G., Southern Calif., aka Blue Jeans & Teacups says

    I saw your post this morning on Carrie Turansky’s FB page, and thought I would share my comment here as well, because as it turns out, we love much of the same things and so we are…Kindred Spirits 🙂
    When my daughter began 8th grade, I began homeschooling her (Celebration Christian School). She was NOT a reader. Her school had made reading tedious and boring. But, I found a wonderful study guide to accompany Anne of Green Gables. We spent the first semester with her reading aloud and doing the wonderful activities and writing assignments. We finished off by watching the movies together. It changed my daughter’s heart & now she loves literature. Her favorite is Pride & Prejudice. One mother’s day, several years later, the kids made me tea and fancy breakfast and we spent the entire day on the couch watching all the Anne movies! Here is a fun A.of.G.G. photo shoot I came across a month ago. http://www.jessicazaisblog.com/weddings/anne-of-green-gables-wedding-inspiration-photos/

    My daughter is now 22 and going to Leadership School through her church. She runs around w/a goofy but Godly group of students and posts short videos on Snapchat where she speaks in a British accent. She was an introvert and looking back, I would say Anne of Green Gables really was the first in a long list of baby steps to pulling her out of her shell. She truly is my kindred spirit.

    Blessings to you and a joyous Christmas season!

    • says

      Heather thanks so much for telling me! Carrie is a new author for me and can’t wait to get started on her books. I have a fifth grade daughter that I am hoping to get excited about reading as well. Your story inspires me! Sounds like your daughter has grown into a beautiful young woman. Her Snapchat videos sound fun! Those pictures were beautiful and so glad you directed me to them. Praise the Lord for Kindred Spirits! We love a good cup of tea and I am so glad my German MIL introduced me to hot tea 20 years ago. May God bless you as well. I have already been blessed by hearing from you. Hope to see more of you here and a Merry Christmas to you, my new Kindred Spirit!

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