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You are NOT alone

One of the most unhelpful things that we humans tend to believe is that we are alone – in our feelings, thoughts, and circumstances. While still maintaining our uniqueness of character, we are actually traveling similar roads each day. Do not live in the lie that no one will understand what you’re going through, for it is in I hisolation that despair grows and festers.

Talk to someone you trust – find a person to trust and take that leap. Tell that person about what’s happening deep down inside you. The right audience can make a huge difference – suddenly the burden is lighter because it’s been shared. And you’ll likely hear that what you’re feeling is something you have in common.

I’m working on my active listening, so I volunteer if you need to have this type of conversation. And if for some reason you are reading this and we’ve never met (since that can happen with the Internet) maybe you’ll have the courage to take a chance on speaking deeply with a receptive stranger. I’m no helpline, but I do have a direct line open to Heaven when I need backup in understanding and empathising.

Now for some mundane details and I’ll plan to check back in tomorrow to share if I found any life lessons or opportunities for change in a regular summer day… No lounging around for our Monday morning, but an appointment after breakfast for windshield repair, likely needed as a result of a recent road trip. Good car of mine to have few problems so far! If there’s a wait, my three boys and I will walk a short distance to the mechanic because it’s probably time to schedule brake repairs – before they’re totally worn out is preferable!

Last but not least, here’s where I am journeying in Bible study with an online group of friends: the wonderful first book of Psalms. Lots to underline (showing the verses resonate) and jot down (in the margins and selected, more detailed thoughts in a journal). I so appreciate this study!

Have a lovely day! Remember to reach out!

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Words to Ponder, 1 Corinthians 2:14

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Which means everyone needs the Spirit’s intervention if we’re to understand spiritual truths. No one is superior in this, we’re all at the same level; but these words are also encouraging for the Christian is told by society that believing and following God is for the weak-minded, that being spiritual makes us less intelligent. (There is a real movement of hatred right now among some atheists and it can be very hurtful to Christians if we don’t realise the emotion is misplaced, that what’s happening is actually an outburst of deep-seated anger against God Himself, not us.)

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Words to Ponder, Romans 14:1

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

(From The Message via BibleGateway)

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