It’s Five Minute Friday, and today’s prompt is FRIEND.


Ready, Go!


I’m really not sure how it all began.  I commented on her blog, she commented on mine.  It really might have begun right here on Five Minute Fridays.  One of us found the other by commenting on the person who posted right before us. Just being curious, and using blog linking etiquette and a new friend is found.


I had just journeyed into the friendship desert; a vast open plain filled with cactus and coyotes, which God calls us to sometimes to be alone with Him.


But in the desert, God provided an oasis in Susan.  She is the first friend I had ever met online.  I still remember warnings that would come from family about meeting strangers online:


“They come to your house at night, don’t you know, and kill you in your sleep!”, is what one woman in the family would say.



Susan and I have so much in common, and we get to have real life hugs when we meet up at conferences. Living in different areas of the country keeps us from having lunch together once a week, but it doesn’t keep us from talking at length!  We laugh at the same things about life.  The more I am around her the more I’m convinced that we are sisters, separated at birth.  We both entered our Empty Nest phase of life close to the same time.  We were both writers and speakers, and she has crazy good computer skills.  Who doesn’t need a friend like that in your life?


Of all the pictures I have in this world, I never seem to get any with Susan.  I think its because we get to busy talking and then its time to go.   We will be at Allume together this year so hopefully there will be a picture of us together!


More times than not,  finding a friend means living life animated, free in Christ, and authentic about who you are, willing to say, “Hi, I’m Diane, tell me about yourself”, and to be willing to do the same.

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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