Posted by: charityliz | January 31, 2011

friends *sigh*

 Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships, and how drastically different my life would be if I didn’t have such amazing people to share life with. From mentors, to lifelong friends, to solid family, to people that I cross paths with for only a season—my life is rich with people who have inspired, encouraged and challenged me. As matter of fact, I can’t really think of people in my life that I regret knowing! –not sure if that’s something that is normal or not.

At any rate, the past six months have been an especially poignant testimony to the way that people in my life make all the difference. Moving to a new place, starting a new job, and in many ways, starting a new life in the Bay Area has been on one hand the ultimate challenge for my adventuresome spirit, and on the other hand, one of the most difficult journeys I’ve ever commenced. Though I found some strength and resolution in the deep faith that God had opened doors for me to start this adventure and He would see me through it as well—I’ll be the first to say that the daily speed bumps and obstacles admittedly caused some doubt.  I mean, it’s hard not to let those things wear on you and get you down.  And that’s where my friends come in.  

I had old friends and family calling, texting and even visiting me from hours away.  I rarely went a day or two without someone touching base with me.  During my trips back “home” to SLO, my friends met me with open arms, made me laugh and remember who I was. When it was time to go back to my “new home”, they pushed me off with a slap on the butt and a solid, “You can do this!”…and I’m sure they probably said a few prayers for me as they watched me drive away.

Then I had my “lifesavers”—two of my best friends living in San Jose, AprilMae & KBaby.  Not quite close enough to be here with me through everything, but definitely like a breath of fresh air every time that we get to hang out!  

In the mean time, I found a few new friends in Redwood City that make my new life feel a bit more like home. For some reason, I didn’t think I’d find local friends so quickly here in the Bay Area.  And yet, there they were in August—ready to hang out and share life! I met these girls at a local church and it was almost weird how our lives all seemed to converge from completely different places at the same time. None of us knew each other well, but we were all in the midst of some pretty significant transitions in our lives, which we bonded over.  Besides that,  they  are super fun, unique, genuine women of faith… and well worth spending time with!  For better or worse, these girls met me and got to know me through a pretty challenging season—worrying about my new job (a lot), getting in car accidents, adjusting to living alone for the first time, meeting/dating new people, starting a blog, riding the train to work, crying more than I’ve ever cried before—All this stuff made me feel like a different person, so much so that I barely recognized myself at times!  Yet these new friends still seemed to “get” me…and thankfully, I think the “old” me is making its way back now.   😉

This post is dedicated to these new friends, not because they’ve been my only friends—but because they have been the newest gift of friendship, inspiration and support—and I’m so grateful.  

Thank you, God, for blessing me with such amazing friends that love me where I’m at (just like you do)!  Kristy, Kristin, Rebecca, Jill & Vanessa—thanks for all your prayers, making me laugh and encouraging me to persevere. As you know, I think I’ve finally hit a good turning point with this whole transition stuff, but  I still look forward to many more Tuesday nights and other adventures/memories together!

PS: I know we didn’t all make it into this pic, but it still reminds me of ALL of us.

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  1. Sweet. Just like Jesus to BE all IN all.

  2. It makes me so happy to see that you have new friends. I can’t wait to meet them.

  3. ohhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! i LOVE it! feel just as blessed as you do! and am thankful that our lives merged!

  4. Charity, I am so thrilled I just found you!! I was looking at Debra’s belly bump and then I saw your name….and there you were. I just read your first post but I can’t wait to get caught up and hear of this transformational journey you are on. The lord has given you a gift of writing and I am blessed to be apart of enjoying that gift. Most of all I am glad I know how I can pray for you!!


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