Tonight, I'd like to one again bring to your attention some very dear friends of mine.
First off this evening, is a very dear lady who recently lost her husband. Her husband was ill for over two years, and she cared for him. They had been married for more than 40 years. The grace and faith with which she has met this new chapter of her life amazes me. Though she experiences deep grief and loneliness every day, she still gets up and goes on. I don't know how someone can look at this woman and still not see Christ. She truly lives as if she believes that she will see him again someday. She is truly a testament to enduring grace. I love you, my dear friend, and I pray for you often.
Next, we have a wonderful lady in her early 30's. She is a para-educator (with a Master's degree!), and works in special education. And not just ANY special education classroom, specifically with children who have behavioral and emotional disabilities. Wow. She is patient, and loving, and kind. Not to mention absolutely adorable. She is one of the funniest people I know. And being able to make me laugh is one of my very favorite traits in anyone. Love you, girl!
And a very, very dear lady.. she is a homemaker, and homeschooling mom of 7. She has little ones and grown ones, and an absolutely adorable grandson. She's sweet, compassionate, smart and loving. Her kids rise up and call her blessed. And so do those fortunate enough to call her "friend". I am honored to be among those who can. Her husband truly got a gift from God when he got her. I love you!
And our final friend for this evening, a truly lovely, sweet woman. She's also a homeschooling mom, 5 kids for her. Some at home, some grown, and adorable grandbabies. She's sweet, and softhearted, but by no means a doormat. She has no problem standing up for what she thinks is right, and she often goes against the grain. She's a better person than I am, and she encourages me to be better. She's everyone's mom, and I don't imagine she's ever met a stranger. Love you!