Faith,Friends,Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ~ Special Friendship

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
~ Colossians 3:16 (ESV ~ emphasis mine)

There are so many things I am thankful for every week; usually I share a little list with you. This week I am stepping away from my list, because I want to dedicate this post to two very special women in my life.

On Friday, Joanne wrote a great devotional called “Who is your Elizabeth“. Over the past 3 1/2 years blogging, I have met some incredible women. Some of them I am blessed to call friends. But two women stand out.

Both of them are very well rooted in His Word, but they are not afraid to admit their weaknesses. I can call on them day and night, ask for prayers, advice, share my sorrows and joys.

What makes our friendships so special though is that they are not afraid to tell me when I err, when I need to be put in my place, or tell me when I am walking in the wrong direction. Even if we don’t agree on a specific subjects, we can discuss them in love.

Although all three of us live in different states, I am blessed that Laurel (who I have met in person) and Lynn (still praying to meet this side of heaven) are my “Elizabeth”. They have stuck with me this past summer; listened to my whining; went before the throne of grace on my behalf. They encouraged me — still do every single.day.

If I have something on my heart, both of them are the first ones I will email. I know that I will receive Godly counsel from them.

Lord of Heaven and Earth. I am forever grateful that you have placed these two women in my life. Lord, may our friendship continue to grow through Your love, grace and mercy. Lord, help me to be a friend to Laurel and Lynn as they have been to me. In the precious name of Jesus ~ Amen

What are you thankful for this week? Please do share with us in leaving your link below.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember: God places people in your life that will help you grow in your relationship with Him…

Be blessed today and as always…

Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Cheryl
2. Yen
3. Gina @ chats with an old lady
4. Laurie Ann
5. Melanie
6. To Know Him
7. SharonB
8. Laurie @ womentakingastand
9. mama meji
10. Jerri @ Jerri’s Journey
11. Lynn (Spiritually Unequal Marriage)
12. Denise
13. BP @ Raindrops & Rainbows
14. Dana From Chaos to Grace
15. Kristi-KikisCorner
16. Michele
17. Tammy W (Pink Stinx)
18. Debra
19. Linda
20. lambofhisflock
21. Mrs. Cuddles
22. Heather
23. Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage
24. Sherry
25. Peggy@aMazing Grace
26. Nancie
27. Heather A.
28. Willnette
29. Tracy @ Seed Thoughts
30. Amy (Kings Table)
31. Pia @ My Life’s Journey
32. Devita
33. Marcia
34. Beth@The Accidental Pharisee
35. Peggy
36. Bobbi Jo
38. Rocks
39. Lori ~ Simple Life at Home
40. Kim
41. Liza’s Eyeview
42. he & me 3
43. Mama Bear
44. Stacy
45. Kim @ Scattered Stones
46. Ann (hope)
47. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
48. Beth
49. Jill
50. Jen S
51. Dina @ 4 Lettre Words
52. schotzy
53. Lori @ Front Porch Legacy
54. jennifer’s joyride
55. Susanne
56. Tammy
57. Amanda Bowers
58. AniqueAnik
59. Melinda @ Shore’s End
60. Chelsey at Joyfully Living
61. Tammy ~@~
62. Agring
63. Embracing Everyday
64. lisa
65. Denise @ Teacups & Time
66. Mozi Esme
67. Debbie @ Heart Choices
68. Newlyweds
69. Tammy
70. Dawn’s Daily Life
71. Sherry(@myjourney)
72. Bugzmommy
73. Heather@mommymonk
74. Alicia, The Snowflake
75. Paula@Refined by Him
76. Tarah @ Eyeglasses & Endzones
77. Rebecca
78. Nancy @ Homemade Blessings
79. It’s All About Him!
80. Crystal @News from the Zoo (God’s Provision)
81. Jennifer @ Through The Storms of Life
82. Tracy @ Thirsty for Him
83. Bonnie
84. Ruth A Stiles
85. Patricia@TypingOne-Handed
86. Nikki Angels of Heart
87. Tracey @ Cheese and Whine
88. Heather
89. Lisa@blessedwithgrace
90. Esthermay
91. Happy Mamma
92. Leanne from Canada
93. Marsha
94. Tiffany
95. Melissa, Multitaskingmama
96. Cara
97. Speaking from the Heart
98. Erica
99. Tessa @ Jesus-Filled Hope
100. Chel @ Chasing Contentment
101. Heather @ A Day In My Life
102. Shawnee
103. Lisa B @ simply His
104. the cookntchrmom
105. pam @ without fear
106. bvoylesal@aol.com
107. Pinaymama

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45 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Special Friendship”

  1. Denise says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to two very precious ladies.

  2. Yen says:

    That is beautiful tribute! Happy Thursday ahead!~

  3. Cheryl says:

    Great tribute Iris! It is such a blessing to have great friends! You have such a sweet heart! God Bless You~Happy TT~

  4. Sharon says:

    OK…it’s been awhile since ‘ve I done TT, so I almost thought I came to the wrong site!!! The newsite looks GREAT Iris !!!

  5. Laurie Adams says:

    Thank you for sharing and for leading us. Oh what a blessing to have good godly girlfriends! I have a couple that are near to my heart and I can always count on to pray me thru difficult times. This kind of friendship should be cherished. -Laurie

  6. Jerri says:

    This is a subject that means a lot to me. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to honor a special friend of mine.

  7. Lynn Donovan says:

    Oh Iris,

    I am bawling.. I don’t even know what to say accept you know that you both are my Elizabeth… Oh, I am so blessed and I am certain our good Lord will bring us together. I am thinking at Women of Faith next year.

    I love you with an eternal love. Hugs.

  8. Debra says:


    What a special tribute to your special friends! Happy Thursday to you!

  9. Heaher says:

    thank you for your very thoughtful post!

  10. Carrie says:

    Thanks again for hosting this special weekly feature.

  11. Sherry says:

    Wonderful post, thank you for starting this!

  12. Peggy says:

    Blessings Iris…and excellent choice with FRIENDSHIP today and the friends you chose as “Elizabeths”. I do not know Laurel that well yet but I do know Lynn & there are not enough words or prayer for this shining light. I can only imagine how great your getting together will be as I too would treasure such a chance with her and others. I’m sure you also are a good friend to them. God bless you & your friendships!

    This TT goes perfectly with Sherry’s “More Than A Friend” giveaway as well…Sorry to WFWs but I just added a little more for TT to WFW because I already was honoring FRIENDS & Thanking them!

  13. Bobbi Jo says:

    Thank you for a very special Thankful Thursday. Friendship is very special indeed.

  14. Grammy says:

    Hi this is my first time here, so I look forward to getting to know you.

  15. Rocks says:

    Friends are special gifts.thank you for giving space for them here 🙂

  16. Mama Bear says:

    A beautiful post for to beautiful ladies.

  17. Kim says:

    Friends are indeed a gift from God! Thanks for helping me remember that!

  18. What a wonderful tribute to two very special women. Thank you for sharing your thankfulness, Iris.

    Have a blessed day!

  19. Beth says:

    Wonderful tribute to two beautiful friends!! I’m so thankful that you host this so that I am aware of how much I truly have to be thankful for!

  20. As always, Iris, thank you for hosting Thankful Thursday. And thanks for reminding us to cherish our friends.

  21. I’m so glad you shared this. God has turned my whole life around through the friendships I have made while blogging. I am extemely grateful for them. On October 8th I wrote a TT post about this, too.


    God bless you Iris and thank YOU for your Blog and Your Heart!!

  22. Gigi says:

    I have met a good friends through my blogging… They are not particularly bloggers, but liked reading mine.

    There is always something to be thankful everyday!

  23. Agring says:

    What a wonderful tribute to both of your friends. I’m sure they are so blessed to have you as their friends. Have a blessed Thursday!

  24. BP says:

    I really enjoyed the post about Who is your Elizabeth.

    Have a wonderdul day! God bless you.

  25. Debbie says:

    Thank you for the theme “Who is your Elizabeth?”. I enjoyed writing this post today.

  26. Renee says:

    I am new to memes…still trying to figure out blogging.

    Thankful Thursdays. I am thankful for my salvation in Christ Jesus alone. I am thankful for the blessing of a good marriage and a house full of children (of all ages)! I am thankful that God loves me enough to encourage me in His word and also enough to correct my wrong attitudes. Praise Be To GOD!

    In Him,

  27. Iris,
    First of all, I want to apologize for not being around for the past few weeks. I’m trying to figure out how to balance everything in my life and I just haven’t had much time to blog.

    Secondly, I’m thankful that you have such great friends in Laurel and Lynn. I agree that they are two very special women!

  28. Laurel says:

    Well my goodness you just got me all teary this morning. Thank you so much for your kind comments, I too am blessed by your friendship. I thank God I have you, Lynn and Angie in my life. I am beyond blessed.

  29. How true! There are times I would not have made it through without my Elizabeths! Bless you! May you have a great Thursday!

  30. So true! I am a blessed woman in the friend department! I love all of the new friends via blogging and I just love that God has put you all in my life! Thanks again!

  31. Melanie says:

    Oh, yes… friendships are so wonderful! Where would we be without our special friends?!

  32. Bonnie says:

    Thank you, Iris, for Thankful Thursday and for a sweet post this week. Blessings!

  33. Lea says:

    Oh How I love that my word verification is JESUS.
    How are you Iris? I positively love that you chose FRIENDSHIP today, and it totally lined up with things I was thinking about this morning before I read your post.
    I’d love to read that devotion on Who’s your Elizabeth.
    Just want you to know you are a blessing to me Iris. TRULY A BLESSING. And do you realize how your weekly meme is touching and tagging others? WOW!
    Have a beautiful TT!
    Love Lea

  34. Marsha says:

    I agree! What a blessing it is to have friends that are rooted, grounded and profusely growing in the Lord! I love being in God’s Garden with you and so many other precious blogging sisters besides my face to face sisters.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  35. Cara says:

    I just LOVE special friendships, now that most of my friends are scattered all over the country, it does take something special to keep us connected!

    Thanks for the opportunity to do this! I just posted my own first Thankful Thursday. 🙂 It’s short this week, but I look forward to do many in the weeks to come.

  36. […] hard to believe it’s only been a week since last Thankful Thursday! It’s been one wonderful week! And I am sooo grateful and thankful for so much of […]

  37. True friendships last a lifetime. May you have many more happy memories.

  38. Ruth says:

    friendship is a precious gift from God. it is one of my prayers that i pray over my girls everyday and through out the day. that God would bring them real friendships in their life and that He would strengthen them to BE real friends to others. particularily to people that are needing a friend.

  39. […] recommend checking out other people who posted their Thankful Thursdays on time at Iris’ site. Join in as well, even if you’re late like me! This entry was […]

  40. Hey Iris,

    I took an unscheduled bloggy break because I just got too down on myself and figured no one was reading. I’ve gotten back to it and although it’s late, I posted my Thankful Thursday.

    Thank you for still being here allowing us to share with each other what we are thankful for each week. You have truly been blessed with 2 wonderful women in your life. I pray God brings a friend or two my way because I could definitely use the prayers and accountability.

    God bless you!

  41. Meaghan says:

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    I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to tell you about my giveaway-FREE COFFEE…would go great with that new coffee maker!

    To celebrate the launching of my very own online coffee shop I am giving away 1 pound of coffee every Friday during October. To enter visit:


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  42. Princess says:

    I am privileged to know of your Elizabeths, Iris, for I know how precious they are. I, too, am blessed with my Elizabeths whom I am always thankful for, everyday, and for the very reasons you have written.
    God bless you, always.

  43. kathie says:

    Isn’t God wonderful in that He never fails to provide us with exactly what we need when we need it. I too have an Elizabeth that keeps me up and running.
    Blessings from Costa Rica

  44. Lea says:

    Hey Iris,
    Just droppin by to say hi tonight.
    HOpe all is well with you and you had a great sabbath!

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