Secret Pal

It’s amazing how God is interested in every detail of our lives. He pays attention because he loves us – and he often uses people in this process. Over the years, God put people in my life who showed me how to walk with God and helped me grow in my faith.

One of these people is a dear friend named Linda. I first met Linda when I was a new mother and a young Christian. A group of spiritually mature women in our church decided to take an interest in some of us who were younger in our faith and the Secret Pal program that would forever change my life was born.

From October 4th through December 18th of that year, I received a series of notes and small gifts from my “secret pal” that were thoughtful, encouraging, inspiring, sometimes funny, and often intriguing. I wondered who my Secret Pal could be. As Christmas drew near, the time arrived for the “unveiling” ceremony and I looked forward to finally meeting my Secret Pal.

I remember it well. A tall, pretty woman with brown hair and a twinkle in her eyes walked up to me with yet another small gift and said, “Hi, my name is Linda and I’m your secret pal.” Linda’s beautiful smile, loving spirit, and generous nature won me over in an instant.

In the months and years that followed, Linda became one of my best friends and the greatest mentor a young woman could imagine. God used her love, patience, and kindness to help me grow as a Christian, a woman, a wife, mother, and friend. Linda’s influence helped me become the woman I am today. Her example of “lived out” faith and her life of obedience to God’s word taught me what it means to be a woman of God and a child of the King.

And the things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, teach these truths to trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. ~ 2 Timothy 2:2


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