Jasmine's Place Issue No. 19 - September/October 2017 - Page 21

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” Jeremiah 29:12 [ESV] One afternoon I remember getting down on the living room floor and pouring my heart out to the Lord. While I was down there—face first in the scratchy carpet—I begged Him to bring one woman into my life that I could laugh and have fun with over a cup of coffee. No expectations, no requirements, just …….girlfriends. A few days later, I received a phone call from one of the ladies that attended bible study. She said she wanted to meet so we decided to get together at a local coffee house the next day. I was sure she wanted to chat about the study so I came prepared to answer any questions she might have. She was already there, ready and waiting when I arrived. I quickly grabbed my favorite cup of coffee and headed over to join her. After we exchanged pleasantries, I settled in to a big leather chair and patiently waited for her to open up the conversation. It didn’t take long to realize she wasn’t there to talk about the study, because the first thing out of her mouth was, “I reached out to you because God put you on my heart. There are no expectations or requirements for us meeting today. This is just a couple women getting to know each other over coffee.” Can you imagine my surprise? I was completely blown away by what she said. Not only was she offering me her friendship, but she actually stated part of the request I had made to God a few days earlier. I was utterly in awe at God’s goodness. It’s been over five years since the day we met in that little coffee shop. My friend and I’s relationship has budded and bloomed in ways I never expected. I’m so thankful for the day God brought my friend into my life and I still praise him for it daily. Are you in a position that makes it difficult to make friends? Maybe you’ve moved to a new town or perhaps you and your family recently changed churches. If you find yours elf in a lonely season, I encourage you to ask God to place someone in your life that you can build a lasting friendship with. God hears your prayers and He will bring the right person at just the right time. Kelly is passionate about pointing others to the nourishing truth and wisdom found in God’s word. Kelly lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee area with her husband Brandon and their two college age children. When she isn’t writing you’ll probably find her working on a new arts and crafts project, hunting for vintage accessories, or planning her families next visit to the mountains. Read more from Kelly over on her blog Blossom in Faith. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. JASMINE'S PLACE 21 21