Friends Who Get Us

Feb 9, 2018 by

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This arrived in the mail yesterday.

As soon as I saw it, I got a warm feeling inside, not only because it’s fun to find a surprise in the mail, but because the butterfly, the typewriter and reference to storytelling, the book and fountain pen nib charms, and the logo for Ginny Yttrup’s jewelry reminded me that it came from a friend who knows me well. Susy and I serve on the West Coast Christian Writers Conference board together and have spent the past several months helping to plan the upcoming Lit Masterclass (hence the Lit logo on the necklace), so my new necklace also reminds me of our special bond as authors who love encouraging and equipping other writers.

 

A few weeks ago, another friend cleaned out her closet, found this, and knew exactly who to pass it on to: me. I thought Christmas had come a second time; she was happy to find a good use for what she no longer wanted cluttering up her home. Lilia and I spend a lot of time talking in the car on the way to and from Bible study, and over post-Bible study breakfast, on Saturday mornings. My bag of yarn is a sweet reminder of yet another friendship that has grown from my need for a ride and her willingness to pick me up.

 

As Valentine’s Day looms less than a week away, and I try not to dwell on what I no longer have, I am thanking God for filling my life with love through friends. Not only are they kind, generous and supportive, but at a time when I’m seeing Him heal some old festering wounds, including some that were inflicted by “friends” who thought they had me figured out but didn’t, I’m experiencing the joy of having friends who get me and share enough of themselves that I can also understand them.

True friends get us.

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They know what we like and don’t like, and why.

They know because we’ve spent a lot of time together, sharing stories and earning each other’s trust. We’ve discovered what we have in common, and the little differences that make the other person even more interesting than we realized.

I find it interesting that the friends who get us seem to know exactly when to stick a surprise in the mail or provide an “I saw this and thought of you” moment.

Which of your friends really gets you? How do you know?

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  1. I love this article! I also love my Storied Jewelry necklace that I won from you! Every time I look at it I think of you. You are one of my distant friends that I wish I could spend time with. It is so true that spending time together is essential to a good relationship/friendship. It is in that time together that we discover the real person and what makes them special. Our culture has forsaken this treasure.

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