Anita and Ben Wedding Photo

Wedding photo

We Women Need Each Other!

“From One Christian to Another…”

Married or single, we women need each other. We fulfill friendship needs for each other that men, bless their hearts, can’t provide.  While our husbands are our very best friend, there’s nothing to compare to sharing with other women. We laugh, pour out our hearts, study the Bible, and encourage each other. As “iron sharpens iron,” we challenge each other to reach our fullest potential.

New Friendships                                            Anita Dennis in village with woman

During my forty and a half years of marriage, I didn’t have the time to cultivate women’s friendships as I should have. The other factor was that I was interracially and interculturally married. Some white women were reticent to be my close friend and some black women as well. When I became a widow at the age of 64, I merged back into white society. Most of my social contact was from my church. Suddenly, I had all the time in the world to form new friendships and spend time with women.

Raising Kids the BoysJoined a Ladies Bible Study

For my married friends, I did my best to make their husbands like me – so they wouldn’t mind me spending time with their wife! I reached out to other widows and we had lunch dates. I joined a Ladies Bible Study and got to know women there. My friendships with these women made my life meaningful. As a widow, I could offer comfort because I’d been there myself. As an older woman, I could offer advice to younger women.

Sisters in Christ                                                      Dennis men in tribal gowns

The greatest blessing in all of this is that they are my sisters in Christ. We can share our faith with each other. We are on the same page so to speak. We look at the world in a similar way. We know we’ll see each other in heaven some day.

There’s nothing quite like it. How thankful I am for my friends! What a gift from God! I hope, dear one, that you find friends like mine.

Blessings on your journey of faith, anita

Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine DennisBeyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!