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Kirsten is a writer, speaker, and recovering multi-tasker based in the Pacific Northwest. Her husband and children are her greatest joys and the biggest challenges to her penchant for tidiness. As a word aficionado, she delights especially in God’s Word and encourages readers and listeners to live fully in light...

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  1. Kirsten,
    Between last night’s Sweatpants Book Club and your post this morning, I keep hearing the word “Intentional” being used over and over again. Whether it’s a friend who lives two doors down or one who lives 800 miles away, if friendship is going to survive, we/I have to be intentional. We have to put some effort into something if we want it to survive. To keep my plants alive, I have to be intentional about watering them (admittedly I can kill plants like none other), but I don’t want to kill friendships so I have to “water” them too. That takes putting down what I’m doing and picking up the phone or my laptop or good old-fashioned pen and paper, and reaching out. I love your phone date and kudos to you both for keeping it! Friendships can survive long-distance if we’re intentional about making them survive. Great reminders here this am!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Kirsten, I especially appreciated the fact that you shared how you and your friend hold each other accountable. My good friend with whom I’ve read the Bible for many years moved quite a distance away several years ago, and we have been determined to stick with our schedule of reading together and checking in with each other. With so many conflicting priorities in our lives, it’s good for the soul to make the commitment to be a faithful friend — in spite of geography!

      • About weekly by phone. We just had the blessing of a week together (In Real Life!) when she and her husband welcomed my family (and our big slobbery dog, so you KNOW she loves us!) to visit in their home. Truly, that relationship is one of God’s greatest gifts to me!

  3. When my husband and I moved from our home of 19 years, we knew we would miss our dear friends. However, these true friendships have grown stronger and remained precious over the years. We are very thankful for our friends.

  4. This morning I really needed to read this. I moved from one of my closest friends. This has given me hope to re connect with my friend.

  5. Kirsten, Encouraging word, thank u, even though I miss my best friend, my sister, our relationship has definitely developed deeper in our distance from each other. She came to visit last summer and it was quality time together, not like those quick visits on holidays. Also, another lifelong friend that I am closer with now.

  6. I love you, my friend. I think I need to be more intentional with us. I’ll email you with some ideas. XOJ

  7. When I was a kid, I lived in a boarding school for 10 years, here in Brazil

    . I left that school in 1966, and now with all the media we are reconnecting and it is so much fun to learn about thos friends. Strangelly enough, we still feel so conected. God is always love.

  8. Kristen,

    Making, having and keeping friendships alive takes work. It takes more than just a text here and there. We must be intentional about getting together in real life, skype or by phone. It might mean rearranging your schedule a bit, but it is worth it. Keep those friends accountable. Pray for and encourage them. God wants us in community so we must do our part to stay close to friends He sends our way.

    Blessings 🙂