Long Time Friendships


Shellee Kennedy, Carrie Turansky, and Cindy Bowling in Hawaii at the PIBC Anniversary Reunion

Shellee Kennedy, Carrie Turansky, and Cindy Bowling in Hawaii at the PIBC Anniversary Reunion

Hi Friends,

There is an old Girl Scout song that goes like this: “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.”  There is a lot of wisdom in those lyrics, and that song has stayed with me for many years. Maintaining long time friendships can be a challenge, especially when you or your friends move and there are many miles that separate you from each other. But I’ve found that working to maintain those friendships is definitely worth the effort.

Shellee Kennedy and Cindy Bowling are two of my special long-time friends. Our friendship developed when we were young brides living in Hawaii over 25 years ago. We were all raising young children at the time and we worked on the staff of our church. We did all kinds of crazy things together as girlfriends and as couples.

It was a real joy to see them not too long ago when we all returned to Hawaii for the anniversary celebration of our church on Oahu. What a treat to be together again and hear how God has been working in their lives and enjoy that bond of love and friendship again. Hearing Shellee’s special laugh, and watching the caring way Cindy interacted with her family touched my heart deeply. Our time together reminded me once again that long time friendships should be treasured . . . like pure gold.

Do you have a long time friend who is special to you? Please tell us about her.

Research Trips with Girlfriends

Tea Time with Terri, Carrie, and Cathy in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Tea Time with Terri, Carrie, and Cathy in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Hi Friends, Our guest post today is written by author and special friend Cathy Gohlke. I hope you will follow the link at the end of the post for an amazing giveaway at NovelCrossing that includes 25 novels, 4 author gift baskets, and Starbucks Gift Cards!

Research tripping is one of the highlights of three-day writing retreats with girlfriend authors Terri Gillespie and Carrie Turansky, or during visits with my girlfriend/sister Gloria Delk.

Band of SistersOne research jaunt led us to a proper English tea set in a Victorian hotel in historic Jim Thorpe—dainty tea sandwiches, warm scones dripping in strawberry jam and Devonshire cream, served with steaming pots of Darjeerling.  We may have rattled the young waitress with our talk of awkward romantic interludes versus smooth talkers, faith arcs amid historical tragedies and mayhem, and whether or not to kill off important characters, but we left refreshed and with our brains a stirring.

She Does Good Hair by Terri Gillespie

Each of these discovery sessions have contributed to our books—everything from Terri’s soon-to-be-released She Does Good Hair, to Carrie’s October 2013 release of The Governess of Highland Hall, and my Promise Me This and Band of Sisters released last year.

Carrie and I look forward to joining Liz Curtis Higgs’s Scotland tour in May in search of stories yet to be written.  Based on current research needs, we just might slip into England for a few days of sleuthing.  It’s absolute joy to share writing and the wonder of friendship. Tongue in cheek, we call this “work!”

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Looking for Hidden Treasure?

Treasure MapHi Friends, here’s a great verse for us to consider:

“. . . that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
-Colossians 2: 2 – 3

I love to read a good mystery! And a novel that includes finding a hidden treasure is always intriguing. Even when I’m tired, I find myself tempted to stay up late and continue reading until the villain is captured, the mystery is solved, and the treasure has been returned to its rightful owner.

In Colossians 2 the apostle Paul describes another type of valuable treasure, and he assures believers they can understand the greatest mystery of all time: the mystery of God, which is in Christ. We can know Him in deeper and more intimate ways by reading the story of His life in the Gospels, meditation on and memorizing His Word, and by experiencing the life-changing power of His Spirit working in our hearts and minds.

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. When we know Him and grow in our relationship with Him, we tap into the greatest source of wisdom and knowledge available anywhere. Now that’s a treasure to get excited about!

“Turn your ear to wisdom . . . look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2: 2, 4 – 5.

I’d love to hear what “treasure” you’ve discovered in your relationship with Christ.