Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Giver Loves – Love the Giver

Heavens Declare
A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. ~ Thomas รก Kempis

You saved the hand-print ornament your son made in pre-school. It’s crazy colorful and doesn’t go with your other ornaments, but you proudly put it on the tree every year . . . and your son is 22.

You lingered this morning over the framed poem your daughter wrote for Mother’s Day in 2nd grade. It brings tears to your eyes every time. The letters are big and the words are misspelled but you cherish it . . .

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When Life Is Crushing You

Ornate Throne at Versailles(Photo by Oh Paris via Flickr Creative Commons)

It happened three times in a single week.

Three separate friends either sat facing me, eyeball to eyeball, or on the other end of the phone, and with their full attention asked…

How are things?

With home, school, Allume?

And what about that thing you said you were struggling with? How’s that going?

As much as I wanted to simply say, “fine,” and leave it at that…

I was not fine. And I couldn’t pretend that I was.

As much as I wanted to be the “good Christian” who suffers joyfully and counts her blessings…

I was not fine.

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How My Prayers Have Changed

Psalm 34:4

Some days, I don’t even know where to begin. My vision blurs and senses dull as I look at the pages scrawled with prayer requests. The very ones I have penned for those He has called me to love. It seems so overwhelming.

There’s health concerns.
Financial struggles.
Unnecessary trials.
Unknown journeys.
Difficult decisions.

And I want to bring them all to the Cross and leave them in His capable hands. Yet, often, I don’t know how to pray.

Lately, I’ve simply striven to seek James’ advice:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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