Day 34

Blessing Day 34: This sweetheart, mi hermana linda!

Blessing of Saturday: the chance to see this beautiful girl! There was a university spring banquet held to celebrate the end of the school year, and despite my love of dancing and good music, my sole intention was to see her. Schoolwork and busy lives sometimes keep us apart longer than we would like, but we always come back together as if nothing has changed.

Sometimes the Lord puts angels in our lives, right? We both embarked on a summer pilgrimage with 28 (eventually 60+) other youth to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Neither of us knew each other, but within the first few hours of our trip, we were practically inseparable. The journey took us through England, France, and Spain, and there was never a dull moment. We were either moseying European streets, discovering delicious local eats, swatting a swarm of bugs on the ceiling of our French hotel, dancing in the dark Spanish plaza, or sharing hearts late into the night as we fell asleep. But what bonded us the most and has held us together is Christ. No matter what memories we share, no matter what memories we will make, what keeps our friendship alive is our faith and hope in Jesus.

Have you ever experienced friendships that drift apart? Friends go different roads in life and end up in different cities…when shared situations change, so too does that friendship. What I’ve come to notice in my own life is the friendships that hold strong are the ones founded in faith. Whether my friends move away, start dating, become engaged, get married, have children, graduate with a different degree, have different careers, or do not have the same friends circle…it doesn’t matter. Parts of our friendship may change with time restraints or such, but our friendship doesn’t fall apart, not even over time. Not when what brings us together is faith.

I am grateful for the friendships that are striving to be centred on Christ. These friends are here for the long haul, through thick and thin, through struggles and joys. And today, I was blessed to spend time with one of those very friends. She has loved me, grown with me, and inspired me to great heights over the years. She is an incredible, strong, gentle, loving woman, and I am blessed by her friendship!

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Day 25

Blessing Day 25: A little bit of chaos, and a LOT of love!
Blessing Day 25: A little bit of chaos, and a LOT of love!

Spent part of today with my best friend’s family as they move to another house – truly grateful today for their welcoming, loving family! Their example of peace, deep trust in the Lord, and love over the years has been a huge part of my faith journey! It was their example of peace that first drew me to want to know Jesus (the difference between knowing Jesus in your head, and knowing Him in your heart). They have absolutely been a blessing from the the Lord in my life, especially in my best friend and kindred spirit! How often do you find someone with whom you can be crazy and silly, have adventures (great or hilarious to recount), be 100% honest, love, encourage, and just be you? I mean, Dr. Seuss says it perfectly:

“We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness call it love.”

So true, at least, in our case! And we love celebrating our uniqueness as individuals and as friends for life!  Like her and her family in my life, should we not each be a “light” to others around us? In our trying to live authentically to who God created us to be, we will challenge and inspire others around us to be the best of themselves! So how can you be the best version of yourself?

Day 2

A dear friend and beautiful woman!
Blessing Day 2: A dear friend and beautiful woman!

Waking up on Day 2 of Lent, I knew exactly who I was so thankful for this morning! This beautiful woman has been a part of my life since Grade 2 (she would say Grade 3), and fond memories together include everything from ‘opposite days’ and Sailor Moon on the school playground to meeting years later for bubbletea between university classes.

Lately, we have had the opportunity to meet twice weekly for work/study – incredibly fruitful and productive time together – but it gets even better. This Lent, we’ll be going to Mass 3 mornings a week! How could I not be so thankful for a friendship that encourages and challenges me to grow closer to Jesus?

This woman has been and continues to be a huge blessing in my life. I’m constantly inspired by her love for Christ, generous heart, and authentic, fun-loving spirit. Thank you Lord!