Conntecting the Dots

How to Experience Joy When Your Heart Aches

 

joy

Last week provided an opportunity to spend three days on the Makana with our youngest daughter and her family. I’m so grateful for that time because this week, as you read this, we’re packing up their household and moving them to northern British Columbia where our son-in-law will do his two-year family practice residency.

 

I‘ve so enjoyed having this family within an hour’s drive since last September, but the move puts them about ten hours away. No more popping in to watch the kids for a couple of hours, freeing my daughter to run errands. No more sitting together in church or doing lunch together after the Sunday service. And no more sleepovers on Grandma’s boat. The mere thought of saying goodbye next week, after getting them settled, makes my eyes misty.

 

I’ll be honest—my heart aches but, at the same time, I’m experiencing the promise in Proverbs 16:20—“Those who trust the LORD will be joyful.”

 

We asked God to direct this family’s steps for the residency placement, and He did. We asked Him to provide housing for them there, and He did. We asked Him to provide childcare for when our daughter has to return to work, and He did. Well, actually…He’s yet to provide childcare for the one-year-old, but we’re fully expecting Him to come through. As recently as a few weeks ago, they faced a host of unknowns on this journey, but we chose not to worry. Instead, we chose to trust God to meet them at every corner. He did. And He will continue to do so because that’s who He is. Faithful. Wise. Good.

 

“Those who trust the LORD will be joyful,” says the proverb.

 

That’s because trusting God in the process and for the outcome means we don’t bear the burden of solving every problem and overcoming every obstacle. We give our cares to the LORD because He cares for us, and He does the hard work. (1 Peter 5:7)

 

This isn’t a one-and-done promise. It’s backed by many more that guarantee joy when we place our trust in God. Here are few examples.

 

  • Romans 15:13 (NLT) – “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Psalm 28:7 (NLT) – ”The Lord is my strength and shield.I trust him with all my heart.
    He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.  I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
  • Psalm 33:21 (NLT) — “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”

 

Clearly, trust and joy share a close connection. This quote explains it well: “Our joy in God is bound up with our trust in God. The two cannot be separated—not ever. Trust is the backbone of joy. And joy is the outflow of trust in one who is fully Trustworthy.” (Tony Reinke, senior writer for Desiring God)

 

Every challenge we face forces us to make a choice. Will we choose to trust our doubting selves? Or will we choose to trust a God who is faithful, wise, and good? The former launches us into fear and anxiety. The latter brings joy as we wait with hopeful anticipation for a good outcome under God’s control.

 

So, my friend, what changes or challenges are you facing at this time? Will you join me in choosing to trust God? Let’s believe that He will give us wisdom, strength, courage, and whatever else is needed to carry us through.

 

Joy comes when we trust the One who is fully trustworthy.

 

#bgbg2

 

 

 

 

 

What Is Your Response to Disappointment?

Hi, my friend! I’m currently taking a few days’ break with family, so I invited my friend Rebecca Barlow Jordan to share a post with you this week. She has some sweet insights about dealing with disappointments. I know we can all relate to that topic.

 

Rebecca is a prolific writer and minister’s wife, has two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Texas. Connect with her on her website rebeccabarlowjordan.com to learn more about her and her latest book, Day-votions® with Your Faithful Father: 90 Days with the One Who Wants to Meet All Your Needs.

 

 

Disappointment can knock on your door dressed in a variety of “costumes.”

 

Betrayal. A doctor’s report. An unexpected phone call. A tragic loss.

 

I remember when I received the phone call about my father, and how it brought me to my knees. “He’s gone.” I never got to say goodbye.

 

Or when my gynecologist’s brow furrowed as he placed his stethoscope to my abdomen and frowned: “There’s no heartbeat.” And that’s only a few. We’ve all experienced our own.

 

I haven’t always responded the way I wanted to when disappointment arrived at my doorstep. But through the years, God has taught me some awesome things about His character and His activity in my life—and in all our lives.

 

What would your faithful Father tell you if you talked to Him about your disappointment? Does God really care about your concerns? Is He too busy to listen?

 

Throughout the Bible, God offers encouragement when disappointment tries to steal our hopes, joys, and dreams. How do we respond at those times? As we turn to Him, based on His Word and His attributes, I wonder what our faithful heavenly Father might say to us personally. Here’s what I imagine Him saying to me.

 

“My child, disappointment can creep into your life like an unseen enemy. Just like in a marriage or a family, when you hold on to misplaced expectations, you will meet frustration head-on. Imperfect people will let you down; circumstances will cloud your perspective, and life will disappoint you. Sometimes you even get angry with Me if My answers are not what you expected or if I don’t come through like you thought I would. But I will never withhold My love or anything good from My children.

“I am the One who never disappoints. And I always know what’s best for you. How you choose to respond is up to you. But instead of giving up, try giving your discontentment to Me. Are you afraid that I will disappoint you if you place your life and circumstances in My hands? I’ve always been faithful. My Holy Spirit has flooded your heart with My love and security. When you open your heart to Me, placing your hopes and expectations in Me, I have promised you a wonderful love relationship with Me—the One who never disappoints.”

 

God’s Word reassures us and encourages us to respond in a way that draws us closer to Him. He is, after all, the only One who never disappoints.

 

Here’s my grateful prayer response to His Word:

 

“Lord, You’ve never been the source of my disappointment. I recognize my misplaced blame and the power of Your name and character. At times I’ve let my fear be a stumbling stone that keeps me from the joy and peace You’ve planned for me. I can so easily base my faith on past experiences: broken relationships, unfulfilled hopes, or unrealized dreams. Like so many, I ignore the truth, trusting instead in myself or others as if that will smooth my path and bring the needed answers I want. But that’s not what I desire. I know You are the only way to a hope-filled life. If I stumble, let me stumble into Your arms. You are the One who never disappoints, and You will never disappoint me.”

 

Here are a few verses from God’s Word that verify His care for us in times of disappointment:

 

Those who believe in him will never be disappointed. Romans 9:33 TLB

 

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 NLT

 

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT

 

After reflecting on His Words, my heart will rest on this truth:

 

Disappointment is only an appointment to trust God more.

 

Here’s a challenge for you today to help you plan your response the next time you face disappointment:

 

Write down any recent disappointments you’ve experienced. How did you react? Do you see any misplaced expectations? One by one, turn them over to God and ask Him to renew your life with joy. How would you like to respond to disappointments the next time you encounter them?

 

¹© 2022, Rebecca Barlow Jordan, adapted from Day-votions® with Your Faithful Father: 90 Days with the One Who Wants to Meet All Your Needs, All Rights Reserved. Parts of this blog post were first published on Rebecca’s blog.

 

How Does Living on a Boat Parallel Spiritual Disciplines?

 

I’m sitting at the little desk in our sailboat as I write this. Inches away I see a systems panel covered in lights and switches. Their labels include, “Fore Deck Lt,” “Courtesy Lts,” “Sanx,” “Grey Water,” “Blower 2,” “Propane Valve,” “Reverse Polarity,” “Nav Inst,” and my favorite—”Collision Avoid.”

 

The mass of switches and red lights intimidated me when we first moved aboard the Makana 2 in 2018. I didn’t know which ones should be on or off while moored at the dock or when we headed to bed at night. I didn’t have a clue about which ones to use only under sail. To be honest, I was afraid of touching them lest I accidentally flick a switch that would result in disaster (ie: turn off the fridge or freezer).

 

While I understand more than I did four years ago, there’s still much I don’t understand about how this vessel’s systems operate. That’s not the switch panel’s problem. It’s mine. I have neither spent time studying the operator’s manual nor exploring the wires, fuses, and hoses hidden behind panels and doors. If I were to do that, my understanding and confidence would grow.

 

In some ways, my experience with the Makana 2 parallels my Christian faith.

I’ll admit, there’s much I don’t understand about theology, prayer, the Holy Spirit, or the end times. I don’t understand why God allows tragedies that bring unspeakable pain or why He doesn’t just step in and obliterate evil or why He doesn’t answer my prayers on other people’s behalf.

 

Not possessing a complete understanding of spiritual things shouldn’t surprise me. After all, God is infinitely bigger and smarter than me. His methods and His mind are a mystery. “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.’ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

 

But here’s the thing: the more time I spend reading God’s Word, the more clarity I find. Digging into its depths helps me discover truths that build my confidence in its Author. Exploring Scriptures in context grows my understanding of His thoughts, and trust grows.

 

I know I would benefit by investing time and energy into learning about the Makana’s operating systems. I just need to do it. The same is true in for spiritual disciplines. We know we’d benefit by investing time and energy into studying God’s Word. We just need to do it.

#bgbg2

Finding Hope When Tragedy Strikes Again

 

The news of a gunman slaughtering 21 innocents broke like another tragic wave on the shore of humanity. It left us stunned but, sadly, not surprised. The prophet Jeremiah observed mankind’s desperate state more than 600 years before Christ walked this earth, and he wrote,

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) It seems nothing has changed when it comes to the evil of which mankind is capable.

 

Some on the shore succumb to the wave’s force, and it sucks them into a sea of hopelessness. Well-intentioned responses such as, “God will bring something good from this,” offer little solace to the one who’s drowning in despair. Sometimes a hug or a listening ear mean more.

 

I’ve been slow to respond on social media to this wave because I didn’t want to throw out a lifeline fraught with easy answers. Life is messy and pain is real and the waves just keep coming. So how can we respond in the face of yet another one?

 

I believe N.T. Wright nailed it when he wrote, “The only thing to do is to hold the spectacular promises in one hand and the messy reality in the other and praise Yhwh anyway.”

 

I hold messy reality in one hand: Uvalde, Ukraine, inflation, family and ministry concerns. I hold God’s spectacular promises in the other. Here are three that I’m finding particularly meaningful today.

 

  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 ESV)
  • “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)
  • “It is the Lordwho goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV)

 

In the face of sorrow and unanswered questions, God’s promises restore hope. Let’s cling to them and pray through them and praise God that the story is not finished yet.

 

What spectacular promise brings solace to your heart today?

 

#bgbg2  #GodsPromises #OvercomingFear #Findinghope #findinghopeincrisis #hope

 

Count Your Blessings

As I write this, early morning sunshine streams through my sailboat’s pilothouse windows. Sailor-Man has already left for our ministry office, and I am alone. All is quiet but for the sound of birds chirping. Theirs is a happy song, and it lifts my spirits. It reminds me of Matthew 6:25-27

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Humanly speaking, global goings-on give us plenty to worry about today.

I watch grocery bills and gas prices skyrocket (it’s now $2.20/liter or nearly $10/gallon where I live) and wonder what the future holds. Personal stresses add to the load we carry. Broken relationships, financial uncertainties, health issues, and more weigh on us. How easily we can lose hope and fall into despair. Been there, done that. Don’t want to do that again.

This morning I woke carrying concerns for which I’ve prayed and prayed without receiving answers. I have no idea when the breakthroughs will come or what they’ll look like when they do, but this I know—worrying about these things in the meantime won’t fix them.

As the birds sing this morning, a song of a different sort pops into my mind. I recall the lyrics, and they encourage me to focus not on my concerns but on my blessings instead. May I share this song with you?

Count Your Blessings – Written by Johnson Oatman

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [Refrain]

 

Today I will count my blessings.

The list begins with acknowledging God’s love. It’s perfect, and His intent toward me is good. Therefore, I can trust Him and not be afraid.

Will you join me in counting our blessings? Let’s link hands on this journey and encourage each other by declaring at least one blessing in the comment section.

Have a wonderful day, my friend. Take a moment to listen to “Count Your Blessings,” and know you are loved.

 

#bgbg2

 

 

Finding Freedom from Strongholds

 

What’s a stronghold? Simply put, it’s anything that has a strong hold on us. It’s usually rooted in faulty thinking patterns and lies we believe.

 

Fear is a stronghold with which many people struggle, myself included.

 

When my kids were preschoolers, an unknown intruder broke into our home and stole my jewelry and camera. The thief was never caught. For a couple of years afterwards, I feared staying home alone with my children when Gene traveled for work.

 

Faulty thinking convinced me that the thief would strike again in Gene’s absence, and he’d probably do so at night. I’d be easy prey, and I’d never be able to save my children. Fear’s strong hold on me made sleep impossible. I even kept the bedroom light on so I could see the intruder’s face and later identify him in a police line-up.

 

Another stronghold with which many people struggle is food.

 

Been there, done that. My issue began when I was about six years old. A local restaurant went out of business and sold its stock, so my dad brought home cartons of chocolate bars and individual-sized bags of chips. He stored them in the dark closet under the stairwell.

 

I craved those snacks, but I figured Mom would say no if I asked her permission to eat them. So, I’d sneak into that closet and help myself. Decades later I identified a pattern that I’d carried with me in our empty-nesting years—eating in secret. I’d gorge on chips or chocolate alone in my office or before bedtime if Gene was away even though I knew this was unhealthy for me.

 

Other strongholds can include pornography, jealousy, greed, laziness, gossip, gluttony, perfectionism, and depression. The list goes on. They slap cuffs on us and steal the freedom for which God created us.

 

Strongholds are rooted in faulty thinking and lies; God’s truth tears them down. I experienced this in both of the personal examples I gave. In the first example, I stopped focusing on the what-ifs of a thief returning to my house and started meditating on God’s promise to protect me. Courage replaced fear. One night when Gene was away, I asked God to post angels at both doors and every corner of the house, and then I turned off the light and slept soundly. That stronghold has never returned.

 

In the latter situation, I stopped focusing on my appetite for comfort food and started thanking the Holy Spirit for giving me the ability to say no to temptation. On a couple of occasions when I felt weak, I applied Scripture that said to flee temptation. I either left the house to take a walk or threw the junk food in the garbage.

 

Romans 12:2 says, “…Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Changing the way we think means identifying the lies and replacing them with the Truth. But knowing it isn’t enough; we must apply it too. As our thoughts align with God’s, our behavior changes as well. Strongholds come down brick by brick, and transformation takes place.

 

Psalm 18:2 encourages me in this topic of strongholds. It says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.”

 

Sin loses its strong hold on us when God is our stronghold. May He be your stronghold today.

How Can We Stay Connected to Jesus?

 

Once upon a time we lived in a house bordered by a fence upon which grapevines grew. Every summer, we watched these vines produce bunches and bunches of grapes.

 

I wish I could say I turned those grapes into jellies and jams, but alas, that wasn’t the case. Without fail, furry masked bandits outsmarted me. They stole into the yard under the cover of darkness and stripped the vines before the grapes matured. Our loss; the raccoons’ gain. Sigh.

 

Nonetheless, those grapevines taught me a vital lesson, one that Jesus taught His disciples. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches,” He said. “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NLT).

I’m no horticulturalist, but even I understand that a harvest of grapes is possible only when there’s a healthy relationship between the grape vines and the branches. Sever that connection, and even the raccoons will come up empty-handed.

 

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is the Vine and we’re the branches. The healthier and more vibrant our connection with Him, the more fruit our lives will produce.

 

So how do we stay connected to Jesus, anyway? Here are three ways:

 

  • By honoring Him through time in the Word and prayer

This looks different for every person depending on life seasons. When I was a young mom, I was fortunate to read and journal my thoughts on one verse per day when the kids napped, but times have changed and I enjoy unrushed time in the Word now. Your circumstances will differ from mine, but find what works for you and run with it.

 

When it comes to prayer, some people set aside an hour on their knees while others breathe prayer as they go throughout their daily responsibilities. Some incorporate prayer into a walk around the block. Some enjoy using a book of liturgical prayers while others write their prayers or pray through a particular Scripture passage. Again, do what works best to keep your connection with Jesus vibrant.

 

  • By honoring Him with our choices.

We’re faced with umpteen dozen choices every day. What will I eat? What will I wear? What show will I watch? What will I read? In which social media conversations will I engage? Even those seemingly insignificant choices make a difference in our connectedness to Jesus.

 

Choices that honor Jesus are life-giving. (Deuteronomy 30:19) Several years ago, I came into a new realization about my body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. This prompted me to make changes to my diet and activity level. Becoming a wise steward of the body God gave me brought joy and I sensed His pleasure in my new resolve to care for it properly. Better health opened new ministry opportunities that resulted in more fruit.

 

  • By honoring Him with our thoughts.

Scripture commands us to think thoughts that are pure, lovely, and true. (Philippians 4:8) Doing so syncs our hearts and minds with the Lord’s. We begin to value what He values. We take pleasure in the things that bring Him pleasure, and we grieve over the things that grieve Him. As our thoughts come more consistently under the Holy Spirit’s control, our hearts will grow closer to His, and fruit is the natural result of that connectedness.

 

Jesus is the Vine. We are the branches. Maintaining a strong and vibrant connection with Him results in a fruitful life that brings much glory to God. That’s what I want, and I suspect you want the same.

 

What suggestions do you have for maintaining a strong connection with the Vine?

#bgbg2

Celebrating Easter Even When it Looks Different

 

My husband and I drove to our oldest daughter’s home in Washington state this week. Her husband had been scheduled for foot surgery, so they asked if we might come and lend a hand. “Of course,” we said. Besides, this is the first Easter weekend we’ve spent with them in years.

 

In pre-pandemic times, our tradition was to attend church on Good Friday morning. I especially enjoyed it when churches from across the community met to celebrate Jesus together. But things will look different this year. We’ll spend the day at home so our son-in-law can recuperate with his foot elevated, and I’m going to bake a batch of paska for the first time ever.

 

As for Easter Sunday, time will tell. Perhaps it will be quiet, too, but that’s okay. We can still celebrate Jesus regardless of whether or not we’re with a local congregation. It will look different than in times past, but it can’t change the power of the Easter story and why it matters so much.

If you’re able, make space to meditate on Romans 5:1-2 for a few minutes. It says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

 

These verses tell us that all who place their faith in Jesus for salvation experience several life-changing blessings thanks to His sacrificial work on our behalf:

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we are made right in God’s sight. We are forgiven and clean. Our filthy spiritual rags have been exchanged for robes of righteousness.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we have peace with God. We are no longer His enemies. Now we are His friends, welcomed into His presence.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we have a place of undeserved privilege before God. We are adopted into His family. We are His ambassadors. We are His dwelling place.

 

Because Jesus died and rose again, we look forward with confidence and joy to sharing God’s glory someday. My human mind finds it difficult to comprehend the scope of what this means, but I know it’s gonna be good!

 

How will you spend Easter?

Maybe you’ll be with family; maybe not. Perhaps your life circumstances have recently upended you, and nothing looks the same as last year. Be encouraged. No matter where or how we celebrate, we can do so with hope and joy because of what Jesus did for us two thousand years ago.

 

Be blessed. Safe travels. Know you are loved. (And leave a comment to tell me how you’ll spend the weekend, okay? Tell us if you have any special traditions!)

#bgbg2

 

PS: I was privileged to meet Asheritah Ciuciu earlier this year.

She has compiled fifty ideas for keeping Easter centered on Jesus. Enjoy!

 

 

You are Held in God’s Hands

Living in a marina gives me opportunity to experience many new things. One of those is watching a sling lift boats of all shapes and sizes from the river. This happens every day as boats needing repairs show up at the boatyard.

 

I stand in awe every time I watch the sling do its job. Once it lifts the vessel from the river, it carries it on wheels across the tarmac to a berth where it stays until repairs are complete. Then the sling carries it back to the dock and lowers it into the water.

 

To say that a boat weighs a ton is an understatement. Our sailboat weighs about 14 tons, and it’s nowhere near as big as some of the vessels that show up here. So, imagine the sling’s strength! I watched the process this morning. Impressed with the sling, as always, I was.

But how much more should I stand in awe of the living God? Isaiah 40:12 says,

 

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?

 

The marina sling holds the weight of a vessel, but my God holds every ocean, sea, bay, cove, river, and stream in His hand.

He holds the basket that contains all the dust of the earth. Our limited minds can’t fathom His size. We can’t comprehend His strength. We can’t understand His power. But we can choose to believe this revelation about who He is and then walk in the truth.

 

This God whose strength supersedes anything we can imagine is the same God who holds us in His hand.

He carries us when we’re weak. He cradles us when we’re lonely or afraid or discouraged.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Take a few minutes to meditate on this truth today. Praise God for His might and thank Him for holding you in His hand. He’s got you, my friend.

 

Check out my devotional resources on my website.

Being a Good Neighbour — Guest Post by Maggie Wallem Rowe

Maggie Wallem Rowe has become a dear friend. She’s a fun-loving adventurer from North Carolina who’s currently living and ministering alongside her pastor-husband in Norway. She’s a woman of the Word and of prayer, and one who cares deeply about others.

Maggie is also a storyteller extraordinaire with a new book scheduled for release mid-April. When I invited her to share some thoughts with our community here, she chose this short, sweet excerpt from her soon-to-be launched book Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass.

Hospitality is a key to people’s hearts and especially since pandemic restrictions have lifted and we’re able to spend time with others. Add the refugee crisis, and we have an opportunity to love our neighbors on a whole new level.

It’s my pleasure to welcome Maggie today…

 

 

“The Beauty of Community”

 

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

 

The Danish people have a saying that no one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.

 

If you’ve ever lived in a rural area, you might have witnessed what happens when livestock escape and trample an adjacent field or yard. Tensions run high when property damage is involved. No wonder Robert Frost observed that good fences make good neighbors!

 

But to take it a step further, good neighbors also make sure there’s a gate in that fence, one that swings wide to welcome a stranger in need. That stranger might just one day be the one you need as well. When God said it’s not good for man to be alone, he wasn’t referring only to marriage. When we are willing to come alongside those nearby in love and service, we’re doing just what God has commanded.

 

That statement Jesus made about loving your neighbor? He meant it.

 

– Adapted from Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass by Maggie Wallem Rowe. Copyright 2022. Used with permission by Tyndale.

(Affiliate link used).

#bgbg2