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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. This is simply wonderful. What an absolute joy it can be to share life but who would know unless we make it happen?

  2. So sweet. This brought tears to my eyes. There are so many thoughts and emotions going on right now I don’t know where to begin. I guess plain and simple thank you for sharing this.

  3. Such a beautiful story about a sweet friendship. Thank you for sharing your heart ❤️

  4. My husband and I are in our late 60’s early 70’s and we just went to a new church since we just relocated to a new state. A very young couple spent lots of time with us after the service. Because of your lovely story I believe I’m getting that ‘nudge’ from the Lord to invite them over for a bite to eat. Yup, we’re over 40 years older, but your encouragement gave me the boost I needed.
    Thank you Becky! I’ll let you know how it went

  5. Teary eyed and with smiles I read your post. How true it is to invite others into our lives. I’m sure Christel is super grateful for the friendship you offer her and it’s obvious through this post you are as well. Beautiful simply beautiful

  6. Beautiful way to start my day…I had a smile on my face the whole time I read your story! Thank you, Becky, I love your entries!

  7. Becky that is just so lovely it reminds me of my late neighbors sister who is 90 now. She is still alive the 90 year old. But my neighbor her sister is passed away I say about 4 years now. I keep in touch with my neighbours sister. I love to go her home to visit her with my best friend. What fun we have. She tells me stories about her late sister that used to live in the same park as me. Both are saved. You feel God presence in her home every time you go visit her and talk to her on the phone my late neighbors sister who is 90 now soon to 91 and driving still. Which is a merical on the good Lord. The stories the 90 year old tell you about her and her late sister that used to be my neighbor make your heart glad. All you learn from her and her faith in God is phenomenal. Her late sister that was my neighbor was the same. They love the Lord in way that make you want to love our Lord more. Live your life for the Lord the way the did. So others not saved will want t know this Lots of yours too. What a love they have for our Lord is just so catching like a common cold. You if not saved would want to catch it. The 90 year old that is still alive make you want to love even the unlovable like Jesus did when on earth. It just amazing. I Love her as my spiritual Mother and Sister in the Lord. I did her late Sister now in Glory. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  8. Becky I just love love LOVE this!!!
    I struggle with making (and keeping) friends within my own age group – I have a tiny small circle of friends that I have had for sometime who have all immigrated to other countries, while the circle of friends who I thought were friends slowly dissipated during my years of substance abuse and addiction, and subsequently through my journey of recovery (7 years sober this year) (All for His glory!)
    Not too long after you wrote this post on your facebook feed, I was invited out for lunch by a lady who is exactly 30 years older than me, and I JUMPED at the opportunity. I had the best (extended) lunch with her and we chatted and laughed like two old friends who had not seen each other in months.
    I have learned to realise that friendships bloom in the most unexpected places, and that I need to keep my heart and eyes open to these opportunities.
    I loved seeing your photo with your friend, and the story really warmed my heart.

    • Love your testimony. Praising God for this new friendship. Congratulations on 7 years sober!! I am 37 years sober from cocaine addiction.

      • Tanya,

        Congratulations on 37 years sober! God will definitely get the glory!!

        Blessings 🙂

    • Donna, congrats on seven years of sobriety. Keep leaning on God’s strength, sister! And I’m so glad you got invited to that lunch and said Yes! Surely it was a gift to your new friend too.

    • Donna,

      Congratulations on 7 years! God is getting the glory for this!!

      Blessings 🙂

  9. This made me think of my dear friend Elaine. She was probably 50 years older than me. She would talk about her great grandkids while I was raising my young children. She passed away during covid from cancer. I wasn’t able to go to her funeral. I think of her often and miss her so.

  10. You shared, “Alone doesn’t make room for someone else to belong. If I had chosen alone, Christel would have spent another evening alone too.” I love this and my heart was prompted to reach out to a widow who is a precious friend in her 70’s.

    Your kind words reminded me of another widow I used to care for in her 90’s. I learned so much from her. She was so in tune with God. She helped me let go of worries through her godly example of remaining calm & peaceful no matter what. I need to reach out to her too.

    I’ve also hesitated when prompted by the Holy Spirit to call someone or go somewhere new or read a particular devotion or scripture verse. Thank you for the reminder to put the needs of others before our own. Loving Jesus first enables us to unconditionally love & serve others.

    • Tanya, I’m so grateful this was meaningful and encouraging for you! Proud of you for reaching out. I’m sure that means more to your friend than you know.

  11. I’m 80 years old (at least that is what my driver’s license says) and I just love my young(er) friends. I have learned to listen, share as asked for and praise God for their wanting to be involved with me.

  12. I had an older cherished friend that filled my void for a grandmother and a best friend! She was from the north, I was from the south. She was Catholic, I was Protestant. She was divorced, I was married. But oh, the fun and good times we shared! Our differences made no difference! We enjoyed shopping together, eating out, eating in, surprising each other with little gifts! Laughing and crying! I lost her some time ago, but still think of her and miss her so much! It is sad, that differences seem to matter so much now. I wish we could go back to those times of respect and acceptance and giving true friendship and kinship a chance. Blessings for such a sweet story! You hit the golden buzzer on comments today!! I love you and miss you, my dear friend Pat!

  13. Becky,

    I don’t have a lot of friends in my age group (50s). I wouldn’t trade the sweet friendships I have with older women. We laugh & cry. Last Saturday I got a few needed medical supplies for a friend. She fell & broke her elbow, but her back is hurting as she has degenerative disk disease. I spent some time talking with her. She just enjoyed our time. I know what it’s like to be lonely. Two of my friends are widows. One has no family around here. For us it is easy to find common ground to love on each other.

    Blessings 🙂