We were friends... Then ministry co-leaders. Then, not such great friends.
We didn't see eye-to-eye when we were leading our MOPS group of 100 women, including a leadership team of 14 women. All those ideas and personalities... Jennifer and I didn't really know how to do it together. When the MOPS year ended, we cleaned up after our last meeting and said our goodbyes. She'd moved to a different church campus by then, so suddenly we were only seeing each other in passing at a handful of events each year. There was the occasional email, too.
Today, our relationship is completely healed and she is truly one of my greatest cheerleaders. A dear friend. Someone I know I can count on always. I'm so glad that Jennifer and I didn't give up on our friendship just because things got messy there for a while.
When I see Jennifer, I can't help but hold her hand or squeeze her tightly and say, "I still can't believe we're friends!" You see... Before Jennifer, I'd never had a friend that I fought with, made up with, and then picked right back up where we left off. I'm so blessed by this second chance with her. Love you, Jen! Thanks for letting me grow into a better friend.