When I was little, I use to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God will show you the best in many friends.

One friend is best when you’re going through things with your man.

Another friend is best when you’re going through things with your mom.

Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.

One friend will say let’s pray together, another let’s cry together, another let’s fight together, another let’s walk away together…

One friend will meet your spiritual need, another, your shoe fetish, another, your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another, the wind beneath your wings…

But, whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or where ever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself… those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many it’s wrapped up in several… one from 7th grade, one from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some days your mother, on others your sisters, and on some days it’s the one that you needed just for that day or week that you needed someone with a fresh perspective, or the one who didn’t know all your baggage, or the one who would just listen without judging… those are good girlfriends/best friends.

Men are wonderful, husbands are excellent, boyfriends are awesome, male friends are priceless… but if you’ve ever had a real good girlfriend, then you know there’s nothing like her!

I thank God for girlfriends, those who honor intimacy, those who hold trust, and those who just got your back when you feel like life is just too heavy! I thank God for you! The special bond we share, that’s unique to us. The words we’ve shared. The prayers we’ve sent up. The laughs, the tears, the phone calls, the e-mails, the shopping, the movies, the lunches, the dinners, the late night talks, afternoon talks, the weekend talks, all the talking, talking, talking and the listening, listening, listening…

So whether you’ve been there 20 minutes or 20 years, I love you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Author Unknown

Helpful Links/References:

Women’s support groups: https://thewomensnest.com

How to start a women’s support group: https://www.ehow.com/how_5491458_start-womens-support-group.html

Books that contain All Kinds of Friends:

  • Life with a Smile (page 134) by Wynette Bryant
  • From the Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease (page 147) by Kathy Kastan