1.25.2014

Meeting a best friend


Almost two years ago, I received this email from a girl.  Much like many of the other emails I receive from readers.

Hey I'm Emily and I have been reading your blog for probably two or three months now.....I am seriously in tears right now...I was reading "He Picks Us Up" and it was exactly what I needed to hear! I have been struggling so much the past few months, with sin and falling and failing to notice God in my life. I just switched to a new church less than two months ago and I haven't fully gotten back to normal yet. Life is crazy right now....and I really needed that! Thanks so much...please pray that God would help me get up and move on. 
Much Love,
-Emily

But little did I know that my reply to it would begin a long chain of email correspondence.  And that God would use those first emails to create a bond with this girl who lived all the way across the country from me.




She became one of my best friends.

And two weeks ago, on January 8th, 2014, I was able to meet her face to face for the first time.


There's a pin we found on Pinterest that says 'I'm wild, she's sweet'... and it really applies to me and Emily.

For almost two years, our friendship has been based solely on emails, chats, phone calls, texts, FaceTime, letters, packages and the grace of God.  And this month, He worked everything out perfectly for me to fly out to Pennsylvania and spend two weeks with Emily and her family.  And we had an amazing and lovely time.


Don't ever believe someone who tells you that you can't become 'best friends' with someone you've never met face to face.  Emily's and my friendship is living proof against that.  And the biggest reason why we're such close friends is because the love of Christ has been the center of our friendship.  She is one of the most encouraging people and one of the few friends I have been blessed with who have continually pushed me closer to the LORD.  She's amazing.  And I love her bunches.

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I apologize for the rather boring matching outfits.  It was about 19 degrees outside (with snow and heavy wind), so...


8 comments:

  1. I agree completely!! 5 years ago I began communicating with a young woman a year older than I via a discussion forum for a series of Christian books. I never thought I would meet her face-to-face, but two years ago, I found out that we had a mutual friend and we finally met! Since then, I've been blessed to see her two more times.

    I also believe that it is because of our common faith and the fact that we both strive for holiness that this friendship has thrived. Praise God for the chance to meet people in not-so-typical ways!

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  3. i've been waiting for this post. SO cool how you guys "met" and that you eventually got to actually meet. so fun and great. :) xx

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  4. LOVE this so much!!!! I'm praying hard that I can take a road trip this year and finallyyyyy get to meet 3 of my best friends who I only know through Instagram (and now, letters/emails/etc.) ....we'll see if God works it out or not. But I'm seriously so happy you and Emily got to meet!! I love how God brings friends together through technology and allows them to develop such close, encouraging friendships even with such a great distance between them. <3 He's so good!
    And these pictures are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. =) You're both so gorgeous. <3

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  5. LOVE this so much!!!! I'm praying hard that I can take a road trip this year and finallyyyyy get to meet 3 of my best friends who I only know through Instagram (and now, letters/emails/etc.) ....we'll see if God works it out or not. But I'm seriously so happy you and Emily got to meet!! I love how God brings friends together through technology and allows them to develop such close, encouraging friendships even with such a great distance between them. <3 He's so good!
    And these pictures are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. =) You're both so gorgeous. <3

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  6. Awww, how sweet! Praise God! <3

    ~ Rachel

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  7. And you girls are both gorgeous!!

    ~ Rachel

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  8. Aw, so sweet. How fun you two were able to meet - and what good memories you made. :)

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