Perhaps you are my friend on Facebook or Twitter. Perhaps you are tired of my asking prayer for a friend. Maybe you have even hidden me now from your feed for you are tired of reading about it. And that’s ok. ‘Wish it was that easy for my dear friend and her family to just push HIDE and make it all go away. Unfortunately, it’s not.
But when it is your dear friend, and there is nothing you can do but pray and ask others to pray, I hope you will be the kind of friend who becomes driven by prayer. This month, as we spend the month praying through the names of God, little did we know that one of our own authors (who stepped down for family time at the beginning of the year) would need every single name and characteristic of God to cover her. Our Joanne Heim is facing a crisis. And we are on our knees for her. (Photo at left links to all her articles on A Martha Heart, if you’d like to read them.)
I am on my knees for her. She is the kind of friend, who would do the same for me. We have a two way relationship. We have a dear friendship. We are sisters in Christ. We tarry in prayer for one another.
This is the kind of friend who sends flowers, when she’s praying for me.
This is the kind of friend, who invites me over for lunch and then gives ME a gift basket.
This is the kind of friend, who shares deep truths she is learning from God’s Word.
This is the kind of friend, who tarries with me in conversation, never making me feel like I am TOO MUCH or NOT ENOUGH. She accepts me, as I am.
This is the kind of friend, who I never wonder if she is FOR me.
This is the kind of friend, who thinks I am special and lets me know in 100 ways.
This is the kind of friend, who loves to read as much as I do! She also loves Jesus, her family, home and Bible study–and makes me want to be fully committed and growing better in all of that. I am just better for knowing Joanne.
This is the kind of friend, who prays with me.
This is the kind of friend, who rooms with me–even though I sometimes snore.
This is the kind of friend, who teaches me new things, like knitting.
This is the kind of friend, who will take time away from her very busy schedule homeschooling, being a student in seminary, wife, mother and a host of other things and spend it with me–without a hurry or care. Just unrushed time, as friends. I am thankful for that time right this second.
This is the kind of friend, who will spend the day with me at a French flea market.
This is the kind of friend, who shares her mother with me. I have enjoyed both lunch and a conference with her mom–and felt adopted and loved and welcomed.
This is the kind of friend, who will take her mother’s knitted project that didn’t quite turn out, take it apart and restitch it–giving it as a gift to her mom this past Christmas. I told her, she is just like Jesus–making all things new. How beautiful.
I don’t know about you, but THIS is a rare kind of friend. And when she is fighting for her life, I will storm the gates of Heaven and constantly remind all to pray for her. I will be a nuisance for the sake of this friend. I just will.