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The Starbucks One

OrnamentStarbucksThe infamous Starbucks Christmas cup. I got this years ago, one of the first years they came out with ornaments. Sbux was selling them in 2 packs – one regular style cup & one Christmas cup. I picked this up and split it between my friend, Sheri, and I so we each have one on our tree. 
We used to meet at Sbux at least once a week (many times more) when the kids were little. We would get coffee and take the kids to the park where they would play and we would visit for hours. I miss those days when life seemed so stressful and yet, in reality, were so carefree. We have shared a lifetime of memories and I am so grateful for a friend who loves me dearly during good times and ugly ones. In life, people come and go in your path. Many times you learn more about yourself than them. The ones who are in it for the long haul will bring with them lessons and memories and love that will make life just a little easier in the hard times and even more exciting during the joyful ones. My friend and I have walked some great paths together. We have watched each other’s kids grow and fall and rise again many times over. We have walked together during our own mistakes, trials, & triumphs. In the end, life is more complete with her in it and I’m a better person for her friendship. 
May we always say of our dearest friends, “Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” (‭Philemon‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬)

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today i am praying for my friend. as i sat down to study, read, pray, and organize my crazy day into bite size pieces, i grabbed a pen. it’s a small thing, but my friend gave it to me. she always gets the best pens! i don’t know how she does it, but anytime i admire one, she will get me one for myself. so when i use this awesome pen for studying, i always think of her.

my friend is an amazing mom, a great friend, and the mother hen of my church. we all have one of those. the one who thinks of everyone else. the one who does behind the scenes that you appreciate but don’t even realize. when you show up and there is coffee already made, a special treat waiting, a hug or a prayer when you aren’t up to par, paper and ink for the printer when you were just about out, and a pen that just works when you need it to.

my friend has arrived at the next chapter of her life. her babies are all graduated high school, going to college, or living on their own. she is there. that spot. the one we aren’t sure about, but will all hit at some point. the time in our life when the babies are adults and making their own decisions – some we rejoice with, some we raise our eyebrows at, some we just hold on tight and pray for – but we’ve all been there as the kid and we will all be there as the adult.

today i pray for my friend and all the other mommies that are hitting that spot, that time of transition in all our lives. today i pray that others would find ways to appreciate those mommies where they are and love on them. i pray that each of their children would bless them in an abundant way that blindsides them with a heart overflowing with love. i pray that they are blessed beyond their imagination. i pray that, as their children make their way in the world, they remember what they have been taught and come back to include her in their decisions and lives. i pray today that God surrounds them with a confidence of the road ahead and a new light on their path.

Psalm 4:6-8

Many say, “Oh, that we might see some good!”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.
You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than they know when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.


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