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Kristi is passionate about seeing women walk deeper in their relationship with the Lord and writes regularly at BearingBranch.blogspot.com and KristiWoods.net regularly. Kristi, her retired-from-the-military husband, and their three children survived the nomadic military lifestyle and have now set roots, along with their furry, rescued pets, in Oklahoma.

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  1. Thank you for the beauty of these words today. What a blessing to have such a friend who is wiling to invest the time that Suzi does for you. I love how she builds into you as well as keeps it real when you need it the most. I am blessed by your words today. Hugs!

    • Suzi is certainly a blessing, as are the other friends we all have that impact our lives for His glory. Blessings, Mary.

  2. Yes, we all need that kind of friend! Early in our marriage, my husband worked for a company that moved us about every two years. Honestly, I did not handle it well at first! Leaving behind friends was the hardest part, but social media provides the perfect opportunity to stay in touch:) Thank you for sharing your story Kristi!

    • Ahhh…you understand, Kristine. 🙂 Social media is a wonderful opportunity to connect and reconnect for His glory.

  3. Friendship IS a ministry, Kristi, I couldn’t agree more! In my years of serving in Turkey, I think I’ve had the most impact in simple friendships. And I’ve been blessed and impacted as well through my friendships with local women. How wonderful to have such an accountability partner!

    • I love it, Betsy! It only takes a spark, right? One of those friendships could very well be that spark for many or simply for their own life. And yes, my accountability partner rocks. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful testimony to friendship, Kristi! It is such a gift when God brings those people in our lives who partner with us in pursuing Him – who are that breath of fresh air and who rally us toward our God. So wonderful to see you here and thank you for sharing the promise of friendship. Blessings!

    • It is a gift, her friendship. I’m thanking God today for all our friendships that make a difference for His glory, Tiffany.

  5. How beautiful Kristi. What a great way to think of a friendship – as a ministry. What an eye-opener for me! Thank you, friend!

    • A friendship ministry at its finest is just that, Ellen: beautiful. Your encouraging words are a blessing, Ellen.

  6. Your bravery continues to inspire me, Kristi. You reached out in the middle of your loneliness and found a lifeline … a friend that pointed straight to Christ. “She is the fragrance of Christ to the stench of my loneliness.” Thank you, Kristi, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    • These friendships…wow. How they magnify the Lord…double wow. Your friendship is one of those, Crystal. Thank you for being such a sweet, sweet friend. xo

  7. Amen, Kristi. Friendship IS a ministry in and of itself. I love this post and seeing you here. You know I can relate, my friend, as I have been the new person and lived in that lonely, dark place. I thank God for bringing women who breathed new life into me. Thank you for this. You are a blessing.

    • I stand alongside you, Abby, thanking God for those precious friendships. To God be the glory, my friend.

  8. LOVE seeing your words here today, sweet friend! I cannot wait to meet you and hug your neck next month! Kim Stewart

    • Am excited to meet and hug your neck, too, Kim. The days are flying by!

  9. Beautiful. This is a pure joy to read, Kristi. It makes me think of a friend that I hold so dear to my heart and conjures up so many good feelings. Thank you for this.

  10. Kristi, what a great testimony! We really should be able to trust one another to reach out in our vulnerability. What a neat relationship to open your inbox daily and see her encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

    • It truly is a neat relationship, Lisa, one that the Lord certainly deserves much thanks for.

  11. When I moved to a new city a few years ago, God taught me a similar lesson about friendship. I was feeling like an island, like there was no one to go to if I just wanted a girlfriend to chat with. Through that, I learned to see that the little things in friendship really are important. I tend to feel like I always need to be using my time efficiently for “important things”. In my loneliness I learned that the little things, like stopping to say hi to a neighbour or doing coffee with a friend, ARE the big and important things. Those little things are the kingdom of God lived out on earth, because it is all about relationships. That is the everyday ministry of loving our neighbour. Your post today reminded me again of that lesson, so thank you.

    • What a beautiful lesson, Jessica. The Lord is good like that, isn’t He? Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is beautifully written. “sitting in pride’s silence”. Wow, that hits me hard.

    • It hit me hard too, Sharla. Thank you for your kinds words and glory to God.

  13. Kristi,
    Friendship must be intentional and is hard work. We must be open and honest all the time about everything. I love having a few good friends who will be honest with me and keep me accountable. It is so easy to let loneliness to take over and crawl into your own little world. God created us for community. He wants us to have friends and to be a friend to others. We must encourage each other daily!
    Blessings 🙂

  14. It is true…we all bring something different. Only a Creator like ours could create in such a manner. Love it!

  15. So wonderful that God is using Suzi to minister to you right now, Kristi. I’m sure you are a blessing to her as well. And good for you for reaching out when you needed help. That’s not easy to do. By the way, so glad we’ve become friends through FCW. I thank God for bringing us together!