Friday, June 29, 2012

Friends That Make You Better

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

They've come into my life in varied ways.

Sometimes they arrived at the most interesting times and unlikely places.

I wan't looking for them.

But God knew I needed them.

And He has sprinkled them over my life like sugar and cinnamon on buttery toast.

The "Barbie Doll" in the bikini at the pool. My daughter's cheerleading coach. The girl that looked like me at church. The sweet young thing from Mableton, Ga. Co-teachers and assistants in schools where I taught. The exotic "red hot mama." The ever sewing, food dehydrating, cutie with the pink stripe in her hair. The perfect teacher and future playwright. The college professor. The prayer warrior that just seems to know when I need her to pray.

Some that I might have shyed away from. That were way out of my league.

The blonde beauty that leads Holy Land tours. Accomplished writers and speakers...and those that teach others how to write and speak.

I'm way beyond blessed by friends that make me better. That encourage me in my walk with the Lord. That pray for me. That speak Truth into my life. That stick with me through thick and thin. That sharpen me like "iron sharpens iron."

I encourage you today to be on the lookout for those that God is placing in your path to walk this earthly passage with you! Pray for God to send them. Pray for your heart to be in tune.

Father God, we come to you humbled that You love us so much that You would see fit to place such amazing women in our lives. Lord, they are tangible evidence of Your love that is beyond our ability to fathom. Thank You. Thank You for the gift of friendship, the gift of girls that "get" us as we are, and that urge us to be more like You. I love You, Lord.


15 comments:

Susan Stilwell said...

I'm constantly in awe of His sweet blessing to us, and YOU are one of my sweetest :)
T-minus 8 hours and counting...
Love you!!!!!

Vonda Skelton said...

Yes, He sends each of us those He wants us to learn from...if only we take notice. How many times have I missed such opportunities? I hate to think...

Love and appreciate you!

Gloria Minor said...

You were blinded by the sun that day!! I love you and cherish your friendship. I thank God for you daily, you truly encourage me to be more like Jesus, thank you for being my iron!!

You girls stay on task this weekend:)

Kristi Butler said...

Susan, Vonda, and Gloria, thank you so much for blessing my life so richly! I am better because of your influence! Love you all!!

Will try to stay on task this weekend, Gloria! Maybe you should come help us! :)

Kristi Butler said...

Susan, Vonda, and Gloria, thank you so much for blessing my life so richly! I am better because of your influence! Love you all!!

Will try to stay on task this weekend, Gloria! Maybe you should come help us! :)

Edie Melson said...

Kristi, you are definitely one of those in my life! I hope you and Susan have fun—wish I was there! Blessings, E

Wendy Pope said...

from the one who looks like you...i love you beyond words!!!! the blessing is all mine...

Kristi Butler said...

Thanks, Edie! We wish you were here too!!!

And my sweet Sis, I love you right back! I'm so glad that God brought you into my life!

Cross Moms said...

What a beautiful tribute to the HUGE blessing of friendships! And from the comments, it's clear you have been a blessing to so many! I am always amazed how God places just the right people in our paths at just the right times in our lives! Thank you so much for participating in Show and Tell! ;) I pray you have an incredibly blessed visit with Susan! I think you are both from my neck of the woods! I grew up in Asheville, NC and my husband grew up in Radford, VA. :)

Love and God Bless!
Christy

Kristi Butler said...

Christy, thank you so much for stopping by! God's working in our lives is truly amazing. Susan and I are having a wonderful time...loving the Asheville area!

wordwranglernc said...

YOU are a blessing to all of us! We love you and I can't wait for you to be closer!

Kristi Butler said...

Thank you so much, Donna!! I love you!! And I can't wait too!! I'll let you know when we get a moving date. :)

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

What I take from this is that not all people rub us the right way and yet everyone can help us to grow. Something I needed to be reminded of!

Thanks, Kristi!

Tereasa said...

I have a fantastic group of friends. About ten of us come from all different walks of life, yet we found unity through our children and through Christ. I have never been so blessed!

Kristi Butler said...

Joyce and Tereasa, thanks for stopping by. Just love how God shows His love for us through the people He puts in our path!!

Blessings!