Thanks for all of your great feedback from my Fat Talk Free posts (recap here and here). I spent the afternoon mailing out "Friends Don't Let Friends Fat Talk" decal stickers ~ if you requested one, it should be coming soon!! :)
Hello friends! :)
Recently I shared I was dreading saying goodbye to a very special friend. Your words of wisdom and insight were so helpful to me as I've prepared to say goodbye (I mean, "see ya later") to my dear friend, Jen Torresson.
Jen and her family are loading up the moving van today, and will be heading to their new home in Pennsylvania (which is a long ways from Michigan!) as I write.
Today is a very sad day :(
Have you ever had a friend that from Day 1 you knew this friendship was going to be special??
That was me and Jen! At our first "coffee" years ago, we were already sharing real life. Jen's family had just moved to Michigan from California, only for her husband Tom to lose his job. Jen and I kind of bypassed the small talk and went right into sharing our hurts, our hopes, our disappointments.
Then I asked the question, “Oh, so where do you guys go to church?”.
“We don’t” Jen replied.
I soon learned that although we shared a common love for family and for kids – we also shared many differences.
Jen wanted nothing to do with the Christian religion. Nothing. She prayed to a higher power. Believed there were energies in the world. Didn’t understand my love for God, and didn’t want to. It was as if her mind was veiled to God and His Truth (2 Cor 4:3-4)
You know what I did? I started praying for Jen and her family. Praying that this veil would be taken away. My Bible study started praying for Jen. My husband, our kids were praying. Friends’ friends that didn’t even know Jen and her family were praying. Praying that this family would know God's great love for them!
Jen and I continued developing our friendship and she became one of my closest and dearest friends.
After about a year of journeying together, I invited Jen to my Bible study. She said yes. I couldn’t believe it! That night I finally had the courage to ask Jen if she would like to invite Jesus into her life. Jen wasn’t ready, she said. So I asked her if we could we pray together?
Jen said that would be ok...so we tightly held hands and I prayed that God would take away the veil getting in the way for her and her husband – and that God would reveal Himself to them.
Soon after, Jen and her husband started attending church as a family. (I couldn't believe it!) And on Easter Sunday of 2008, as they were driving home from church, Jen’s husband Tom leaned over and said to her – "I met Jesus today". (Can you believe it??! Yippee!)
Soon after, Jen went on a women’s weekend retreat with her new church – and she gave her life to Jesus! (Woo Hoo!!!)
"Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." 2 Corinthians 3:16
It has been amazing to watch God work so powerfully in Jen's life over the past few years! God clearly has a very special and significant plan for Jen and her family! And she handled the trauma of Tom's heart attack with such faith in God and tremendous strength in Him. She is truly an inspiration!
And I will never forget the day, just 2 months after Tom's heart attack, that I was sitting between Tom and Jen at their church, waiting for Jen's name to be called, so that I could baptize her.
See ya later, Jen. Although our times together will not be as many (who will meet me at Starbucks every week??) ~ I trust that our conversations will not be any less meaningful. I thank God for the amazing opportunity to journey with you over the past 4+ years. I appreciate your generous spirit, your love for family & friends, your wisdom, and listening ear. You are family to me, and I will always treasure you and the gift of your friendship!
It's not goodbye.....just "see ya real soon"! Love, Me :)
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