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Woman shares life experience with 'friends'

MABTON - The ladies attending the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club meeting yesterday, Monday, were asked a question.

"How many of you are leaving a legacy," program speaker Jeannie Bargen asked.

A few hands, laughter and a lot of unsure looks answered back.

"All of you are," Bargen shot back. "We're all leaving a legacy in the people's lives."

The legacy the inspirational speaker was referring to is friendship. Bargen shared her life experiences with relationships. Citing her grandmother's journal, Bargen said she knew her grandmother always woke up each morning with a smile of contentment on her face.

"That smile came from her relationship with Jesus Christ," Bargen explained, adding the Lord was her grandmother's friend.

Bargen, who grew up on a large wheat and cattle ranch in North Dakota, didn't have a lot of friends growing up, she said. She found her true friend in the Bible one spring when an evangelist came to her small school.

She told the club a good friend is somebody who takes action for another's good in God's glory.

"Jesus Christ is the best friend to have," she stated.

She learned from the evangelist that the Bible is a love letter from God and she has been reading it ever since.

It was the Bible that helped her get through her first husband's death. It was the Bible and prayer that enabled her to meet her second husband. And it was God's love that got her family through an ordeal when her son lost his hearing in a swimming accident.

Bargen told a story about when she finally made her first two friends. One of them told her a secret that made her finally feel accepted. Before the day was out Bargen said she had told the secret to somebody else and when the friend found out about this Bargen was truly hurt that she didn't live up to her expectations as to what a friend should be.

"God will never tell anyone your secrets," she said.

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