After I graduated from college in Iowa, I moved back home to Colorado to teach middle school English. It was one of the most challenging times in my life, and God knew I needed special support that year.
My long-time friend Allison invited me to join a small group with some other women who had just completed this study. I remember feeling a little awkward at the first gathering since most of the ladies already knew each other, and I wondered where I would fit into such a random group. I was the youngest of the seven women (ages 22-36), but we were all single and all loved the Lord.
I don't recall how we decided what to read together that year, but somehow we selected a book called The Allure of Hope, written by a compassionate local woman with whom I'd had a couple ties in the past. This book deeply resonated with all of us, and we became close spiritual sisters as the result of our conversations. We met every Tuesday night to discuss a chapter from the book, and to spend time in heartfelt prayer for one another. Once a month or so, we'd have a fun social event--ice cream, a slumber party or a night on the town. Along the way, we dubbed ourselves The Wild Honeys. It was such an appropriate name for a vibrant group of women!
It's hard for me to believe we only met together for one year before I decided to return to Iowa to be the director of a women's dorm. Since that time, 5 of us have gotten married, and there are currently 3 "little honeys" with 3 more on the way! Four of us have moved away from Colorado, so staying in touch has become much more difficult, but I'm always glad to hear from them. I was so honored when these fabulous ladies road tripped out here for my wedding several years ago. We have many memories together, involving much laughter and tears, and I remain thankful for their friendship.