I always say that everything can be used for good or for evil, and that’s the same with Facebook. For me, Facebook has been a positive experience because it has reconnected me with my dear friend from high school, Maria, after 15 years of no contact. Since then she has become my dearest friend even though she lives in a different country- the UK. I was telling her the other day that sometimes distance doesn’t matter because I feel her support each day from afar as we chat and share our stories about parenting, family, and books, and so on. Even though I don’t see her, God is showing me that for a relationship to be greatly valuable, you don’t have to be in the same place.
Maria is so encouraging to me in everything I do. I can tell you a hundred ways she has been an amazing support to me, just by being there, listening to the ups and downs of life, and giving true encouragement in my writing and my business. I could write a whole book on her friendship, but I would like to share one story in particular.
A couple years ago, my sister experienced a traumatic late miscarriage and for her second pregnancy she had to be on bed rest. After she delivered a healthy beautiful boy, she was so weak that she was fainting, a scary thought while she was holding the baby. My desire was to go and visit her from Michigan, but at that time finances were hard and I could not afford a ticket to fly to Texas. So, I put the thought out of my mind. I didn’t even tell my friend Maria about our finances. But, I remember I had a break from work at that time and she insisted that she buy me a ticket to go and support my sister. I really didn’t want her to worry about my situation and my sister’s health, because at the time she had a newborn and a two year old of her own. I remember she would be on the phone and on the computer looking for tickets while she nursed her child, staying late at night on travel sites to get me a ticket that I had not even asked for.
I was so touched by her love for me and for my sister, really unable to fathom that someone can be so selfless and so understanding of the situation without being told. I was able to go and be with my sister during that critical time, and soon after she had her son. I got to take care of her and her son and see my nephew as a newborn, which also increased my bond with him. To this day I am amazed at Maria’s love, which goes beyond love for me, but also for those that I love. I thank God for my friend and even though this is just one story, I could tell many more. I pray that I am as much a blessing to her as she is to me.