The Cycle of Comfort Part 1
I love Matthew West's list of lies in his song, Truth Be Told.
Lie #1: "You're supposed to have it all together. When they ask how your are say, 'Never better.' "
Lie #2: "Everybody's life is perfect except yours, so keep your messes and your wounds
and your secrets safe with you behind closed doors"
I so agree with him: the truth is rarely told or shared.
In keeping our secrets secret, we are missing ministerial opportunities!Am I saying let's reveal everything? Only if the Lord directs us to do so.
But, I am saying to take a chance and be real. Then sincerely ask someone how they are really doing.
Lately, when someone asks me, "How are you?", I've started to ask them, "Do you really want to know?"
Most times they are caught off guard. Then there's that rare time they respond, "Yes, I really want to know." Afterwards, they sometimes share their heart as well.
That's when the blessing comes: a moment of connection, of humanity, of realness...a ministerial opportunity that can go both ways. It's beautiful.
Let's remember, comfort is a cycle.
If we first go to our Father with our pain, He most assuredly will comfort us. With that same comfort we can comfort those in any trouble!
Let's share and let the truth be told,
the truth about who we are,
the truth about what we are going through,
the truth about our God, the God of all comfort.
Though it took me a bit to get into Remember the Lilies, I ended up enjoying the story. This was the third and final book in Liz Tolsma's Women of Courage series.
There's times when I actually laugh out loud while reading Arsenic and Adobo! My friend and I are still guessing who the culprit is in this cozy mystery.
|The oregano is doing quite well this year!|
|My youngest grandson loved this flower so much,|
he picked it and gave it to me!
|This was taken as a cutting last year. I guess it really likes its new location.|