True Friendship

This morning I had a moment that can only be defined as miraculous.


It’s JOY.

A couple of weeks ago, we reorganized some of our keepsakes as we made more room for family and friends coming and going in our “cottage.”   So.  It must have been in one of the piles.  But.  Our home is very small.  It’s noticeable when even one thing is out of order.  And.  We’ve had many people coming and going, cleaning in-between visits.  Every day.

Even so.  I sat down at my desk this morning to pray and to write.  It was there.  On the floor.  Noticeable.  Plain as day.  This card on the floor:

Card from Conya

What?  I recognized the writing.  I knew it was hers.

I can’t explain how it was there.

Joy and sorrow collided.

My beautiful friend, Conya, stepped into heaven in the summer of 2001.  While I was years older, we were in-sync with one another.  I still miss her.  Our friendship gave great joy to me.  When she moved away from Salem we agreed to call each other every Tuesday.  But.  Sometimes our schedules prevented one of us from talking to the other.

conya with family and palmer kids party

(Conya with her husband, Steve, and three kids–Trevin, Trey, & baby Taylor with my three kids–Tricia, Tiffany & Tim. Yes we did. Three kids. All T’s.)

Of course, I now see busyness was not worth the cost of missing our Tuesday conversations.  It’s funny how the passing of time allows for a new perspective.

The things that keep us busy are never as important as one another.

We never missed our birthdays or the 3rd of every month; my birthday is on April 3rd and hers on November 3rd.   We told each other that the 3rd of each month was “the frosting on the cake.”

Today is the “frosting on the cake” kind of day, a reminder that we are always connected despite the fact she is on one side of eternity and I’m on the other side.


I’m reminded that true friendship gives JOY.  And, true JOY in a friendship never ends because it’s a gift from the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness . . . Galatians 5:22, The Voice.

receive and give joy

Make it that kind of day. Be the kind of friend that shares JOY.  It’s a miraculous never ending gift.

This is THE LIFE–Kerrie

Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church  and asking others to pray big.  We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically
for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.

We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for April.  We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.

If, you would like to receive The Red Door Prayer and Publication Email let me know.  Here’s the form:

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)



2 thoughts on “True Friendship”

  1. What a great tribute to Conya! I too recognized her hand writing at first glance. I miss her every day too! Thanks again for writing this it made my heart happy…Gina

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