Let's talk about friends today. My kids like to tease me about all the friends I have on Facebook. Of course I don't know them all, but some of them, even though I've never met them in person seem like real friends. They take the time to comment about the good things that happen in my life as well as the bad. I try to do the same. I consider many people who visit my blog as friends-and those who have been kind enough to let me be a part of their blog.

Years ago when I was in high school, I hung around with the same girls that I went to grammar school with along with a few additions. We weren't the popular kids--but we had a good time together and that's what mattered.

I used to always have a best girlfriend but as time went on I found I had a lot of friends who were there for the fun times, but disappeared when the hard times came along. I learned from that and have tried to be the kind of friend who is there for the tough times too.

My very best friend is my husband. He's the one I can say anything to about anything or anybody. And as my children have grown into adulthood, they've become friends too. I have a great time when I'm with them.

I've made a lot of friends along the way who are there for certain things like my writing friends. There are certain female writers that I know I'll have a great time with whenever we are together. I don't get to see them often, but when we have the chance to be in the same place at the same time we have a wonderful time.

There are some people who are fans of my books and one in particular has become a special friend. I know whenever I have a booksigning in our local area she will make an appearance. We also get together a couple of times a year for other occasions.

Then there's my critique group friends--I love them all. I consider them my first editors, but they are also friends and we always share what's going on in our lives for a few moments before we get to work.

Last, but certainly not least, are the friends in my church family. Many of these I can count on for prayer when it's needed, for great exchanges during Bible studies, and for being there at the most difficult of times.

Thank you for being my friend.



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