Wednesday, July 9, 2008

True Friends

God has so beautifully placed many women in my life that I have no choice but to be grateful to Him each and every day. These women---all of them true women of God—have taught me about who He is, and who He has created me to be.
I can be myself—always—no matter what with these friends.

You know a true friend is true when you can vent, cry, and weep with her, and she will listen.

You know she is true when she sees the gifts God has given to you clearer than you can see them, and she encourages you to foster them.

You know she is a true friend when she tells you what you need to hear, even when you don’t particularly want to hear it!

Words are not enough to show my gratitude and appreciation for all of my true friends.

My prayer for all who are reading this is that you will recognize the true friends in your life, and thank God for them today.

And for those of you who cannot seem to relate to having these kinds of friends, my prayer is that you will seek God’s face today, and ask Him for divine appointments to enable you to find your true friends.

Please visit Take Root and Write's Open House Monday, July 14! Maria, Kim and Julie will be just a few of the writers participating in this amazing site. Maria will encourage special need families. Kim will ignite those with a stirring for adoption. Julie will journey with readers as they claim victory and freedom through surrender. Do sign up for the e-mail subscription service so you don't miss a column!

Maria and her family reside in NE Ohio. She and her husband are the parents of two. Their daughter is a person with hemipelegic cerebral palsy.
Because of her experiences, Maria provides parent-to-parent support for families involved in her local early intervention program. Her gift for writing has come directly from the Lord since her daughter’s diagnosis.
She writes a monthly column entitled, “Special Parents, Special Kids” for the Mahoning Valley Parent magazine in Ohio; and has expanded into Parent magazines in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
She is also a contributing author at Maria's first published work is in Jan Ross and Jeanice McDade's Women of Passion's anthology, "Ordinary Women Serving an Extraordinary God". The book is available for purchase by clicking on the book image on the right side of this blog.
Maria is very passionate about getting the word out to special parents that they are not alone in their journey of raising their special child; and that they were chosen by God to parent their children. Maria welcomes comments and communication as well as invitations for her to speak to your group.

1 comment:

Noelle Mena said...

I am so blessed that God has led you to TRW Maria. I know you have words of encouragement you want out there. I am praying for you tonight! Be encouraged, He will always hold you up, either through His hands or through the arms of another!