Ask any woman with close "girlfriends", she'll tell you, "She's my sister, not my friend." I'm thankful for the multitude of "sisters" in my life. There is no one to take the place of Heidi or the relationship we had together. While this is true, it is possible to allow others in to our lives. Not as replacement but instead, as wonderful and special additions.
One of the hardest lessons I learned was to allow others in. I've had friends and those I trusted and enjoyed fun times with, but not too many I would open my heart completely to. Why? At the time, I wore a defensive mask, working hard to keep others out because I thought they wanted to replace Heidi and our relationship. It's taken years to realize, the wonderful, caring, and dedicated women in my life aren't replacements...they are added blessings.
Today's gift, another you can't unwrap, are your "sisters", also known as your best friends. I'm forever thankful for these amazing women God's placed in my life and more grateful God used one small child to restore hope and eyes to see it's possible to let others in. My guard is still up at times yet I've found to let a few friends, "sisters", in...life is much richer, fuller, and full of unexpected blessings.
Open your heart and thank God for the friends He surrounds you with. If you feel alone, close your eyes and ask God, "Who is the friend you've sent me?" Sometimes, she has been there the whole time and we just didn't recognize them.