Ecclesiastes 4:12 (KJV)
12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
This became one of my favorite verses as I wrote Callie’s story.
The Women of Valley View series focuses on a group of women friends. They love each other, support each other, and stand with each other. But, like any group of women you encounter, there are individual hurts, secrets, and trials, all made easier by the support of those friends.
I’ve experienced this in my own life. There was a time when I thought it was necessary to separate myself from my church family. During that same time circumstances also separated me from the person who had been my best friend and sounding board. I found myself alone, facing the worst trial of my life.
It took a tragedy in my church family to bring me back, to find out that the reasons I left in the first place were all my own. I came to offer support of my own to a circle of friends that I missed more than I could have imagined. They welcomed me back with open arms, and they have supported me through life and death in the years since.
(Marji here. Couldn’t resist adding this music video to Sharon’s devotion. It seemed to go perfectly! Circle of Friends by Point of Grace.)
Once I began to write, I found unmined depths in those forty year old friendships. I don’t think I’d be published today if it weren’t for the encouragement of friends who believed in me, when I didn’t believe in myself.
Your turn: How have your friendships kept you going?
Marji again. I’m so glad that Sharon Srock came back by this week! Her debut women’s fiction novel, Callie, released on the 26th of October and is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or the Penguin Website.
And don’t forget to leave a comment here along with your email address so you can be entered in the drawing for her gift basket. You have until November 8, 2012 to enter! The prize is listed below:
A copy of Callie’s story