1. Sorry for the loss of your dear friend. She sounds like an amazing woman who vibrantly lived out her relationship with Jesus!

  2. I recently lost my best friend of 4 yrs in December. IT was very sudden and we did not know that she was going to die. I saw her on Friday and by Sunday, I was saying goodbye to her. It was a sad time for me and hard for me to deal with. I still struggle to try to call her and she is not there. I know that there is One who is and always will be.

    It has been hard because i long to hear her voice and i can fully understand this article. Thank you for sharing this with others.

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Jeanette. Yes, Jesus will stick closer to us than a brother. He’s the perfect friend who shows us how to be a better friend to others.

  3. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your friend, Jolene. I too have pondered what is truly in my heart, and have been disappointed by what I have become – too afraid to let others in to my heart and my life. What I want more than anything is to be like my Savior Jesus Christ, to live as He lived and to be the type of friend He was and that He would have me be. I’m diving in with you. Thank you for being brave in sharing your heart, and in turn, inspiring so many thousands of women each day.

    1. Hi Becky, I loved what you said, “too afraid to let others into my heart and my life” this is exactly how I feel too! But God, he’s transforming my heart and revealing new things to me. Someday soon I’ll share here what I’m learning.

      Thanks for commenting and for being brave!

  4. I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend. I struggle with being closed-off as well, so your beautiful meditation truly spoke to me.

    1. Hi Christi, I don’t believe you and I are the only women who feel this way. Thank you for sharing your heart here. Continue to be brave.

  5. So sorry for the loss of your friend. Thankyou so much for encouraging us all to be braver in our friendships, this is something I am slowly learning to do.

    1. Hi Eliza, yes, the learning process can sometimes be slow, but hey, at least we’re learning and growing, right? Sometimes growth hurts and sometimes it’s slow. But growth is growth. Continue pressing on, sweet friend!

  6. Thank you for speaking to my heart…I relate to so much of what you shared. May you know His comfort in your mourning, and rejoice also knowing that you will meet again.

  7. Hi Jolene, I am your friend’s mom. Thank you for your sweet words regarding friendship. We do need to be open in our relationships. There was a wonderful outpouring of the Body of Christ that day. (Blessed me so much.) My daughter prayer was that everyone she knew would learn something from her dying.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by to tell me hello! Kim was a beautiful friend and she’ll be deeply missed! I still can’t believe she’s gone. 🙁 She was a wonderful example of the love of Jesus!

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