“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” -Demosthenes
A few years ago I asked a friend, Jeanette, to be my prayer partner. It was a small ask, but a hard one for me. It meant admitting I needed a friend I could lay my heart open to and ask for prayer. It meant being willing to be transparent, honest in my weaknesses. My mother had recently died after a ten year battle with Alzheimer’s, my girls getting ready to leave for college, and my involvement at church much diminished due to the time I had spent caring for my mom. I was depleted emotionally and physically. I needed someone I could lean on. So I asked Jeanette if she would meet me once a month to pray together.
Fast forward to the present: Never would I have dreamed that that friendship would lead to writing a book together. When we started meeting for prayer, I wasn’t writing anything other than my prayers and journal entries. Writing a book was a college dream I had abandoned long ago.
But that small, desperate act has had more impact on my life than nearly every other decision I’ve made.
Jeanette’s prayers and encouragement helped me work through my grief, the sadness of my girls going off to college and the need for a new purpose as I entered the “empty nest” phase of life.
I couldn’t have imagined how much one friendship based on prayer would make a difference in my life!
I’m so thankful for Jeanette, her friendship, prayers and our working partnership!
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