Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Refelections 09: Relationships

Okay! This Reflection includes YOU. I am thrilled & so blessed by the blogging community. Each day - I feel like I learn so many new things & God speaks to me through all of your blogs. What a true gift! Thank YOU for being a part of my life too!

There have been some amazing new relationships that have formed in 2009. Some new friendships of mine and a new romantic relationship for my sweet, darling sister! Ah - It brings joy to my heart to think about it!

First... my darling new twinsey, Chana [who actually JUST started a blog - check it out HERE].

This lovely gal and I met in the craziest way at Substance Church, my parent's church. It was so bizarre to find out that we got engaged within ONE week of each other & our birthdays are ONE day apart. She is truly a encouragement to me and is getting married in 8 DAYS!!!! I am blessed by you, sweet Chana!

Also - I gained NEW family members in 2009! I write about them on the blog :) Here we all are!

Lastly, I want to talk about my lovely sister - Jonna. She is my best friend! I love her so much & I am so excited for her life ahead. She is such a role model to so many people & deserves the very, VERY best!! Before our Wedding we prayed a lot. [she is a prayer warrior!] She prayed a lot for God's favor and his fingerprints to be all over each detail! She ALSO prayed for NEW RELATIONSHIPS to be formed. Little did she know... a new relationship for HER was going to be the answer to her prayers.

Meet... Kyle! He is such a blessing to my sister & a gift for her. He is such a thoughtful man who cares about who Jonna is!! They share so many of the same passions and are such a blessing to Josh & I. Kyle is a long-time family friend of the Thurston Family [Josh's family] - it is really a cool connection! The best is yet to come for these two! We are SO excited for their future :)

As I just typed out all of these relationships... I can't help but think about ALL of my friendships and how extremely honored I am to call so many people, friends. Just like the saying, "You become like the people you spend time with...", well... I am definitely OKAY with that!!!

"A friend loves at all times" Proverbs 17:17


Kelsey said...

This was such a great post! What a great reflection about one of God's greatest gifts--our relationships with others!

Lauren said...

Great post! Isn't it amazing how God orchestrates so many of our steps in life to pull something amazing together?!

Brittney Galloway said...

That was so sweet, I love seeing how God brings things together for His glory!

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

This is the 2nd blog I have visited tonight that has me encouraged with all the amazing things the LORD does through our blogging friendships. I heard Beth Moore said something about how the enemy is all over the internet, but God is using it for good. Amen! Happy New year to you friend. I pray your cup overflows with His blessings!!!

Sherrill said...

I LOVE this ! What a happy blog!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous pictures! So happy 2009 was so great to you. So glad dI found your blog.

Ashley said...

What a wonderful post! I love thinking back on how the Lord has put so many of my closest friends and I together. If I even began to write about it in this comment it would turn into a novel! It sure is something though. It's just amazing.
I'm so glad you made so many wonderful friends in 2009!

I'm wishing you an amazing new year full of many of God's wonderful blessings!

Unknown said...

OKay.. do I see a wedding in the future???? :) hee hee hee! Love your blogger ways, Ria! ;)

Gloria Lenzen said...

SWEET! You rock Ria

joni lenzen said...

Oh . . . my Ria . . .you always say things in such a beautiful heartfelt way . . .!!!

Unknown said...

So Miss Joni sent me a message via facebook with a plug for this blog and said I should check it out. Ria you are so increadibly nice... thank you very much for the kind words! It needs to be known that it is my complete HONOR to be Jonna's boyfriend and I will do everything and anything in my power to make sure I can encourage, support, and equip her in any and every way that I can! I hope to be half the blessing she is to me. PLUS, look at how GORGEOUS she is... just look at the picture! :)

To God be all the glory forever and ever!

Blessings Ria and Josh with the new year coming up!