I have a good friend who has gone through separation and divorce with me/while I was going through the same thing, and we pray and talk each other through many tough things. (In my marriage my ex never had my back -- he was the kind that would knock me down if the boogie man was chasing us just so I would get caught and he could get away!) And with my friend, I can feel protected and prayed for and safe -- even when I was going through a very hard time missing 'physical intimacy' I could ask for advice and prayer and he could talk me down and pray me through. He is kind of my 'template' for the man I hope to be blessed with. There are few men I've encountered lately that would 'protect his woman' but there are some out there!
Rachel-That is great you had/have that friend!