When Loving Well Means Risking Rejection

My middle child. My miracle almost-died-in-the-womb-didn’t-speak-until-she-was-three child. As I embark on this 2020 journey to learn what it means to love my neighbor, she is a shining example of loving others well.

Whatever task I’m working on – within seconds – she will ask to help. She is a crazy hard worker. She is tender hearted. She is friends with all types of people and loves them genuinely and without prejudice.

When we joined a new church a few years ago, I was nervous for her. Every Sunday she would ask, “Can I sit with…?” I feared she would be rejected. Ignored. Embarrassed. But I continually said, “Yes,” because loving others sometimes means putting ourselves out there and risking the rejection. And, you know what? She has developed the sweetest friendships.

She will accomplish great things for the Kingdom because she loves others so well. And I’m taking notes.

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Keys to an Effective and Fruitful Life

When I think of my role as mother, friend, Christ follower, wife, writer, teacher – I want my days to matter. I want my efforts to bear fruit. Peter tells his brothers and sisters in the faith to supplement their faith with:

Virtue, knowledge, self control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.

These things, Peter said, “keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful.”

When our lives do not include these things, we become like blind men who forget the sins from which we ourselves have been delivered. We are ineffective and unfruitful when we forget the depths from which we were lifted.

I know You want my heart

My bruises and my scars

I’m coming as I am

The only way I can

I can’t forget from where I’ve come

And what my heart’s been rescued from

Yeah when they ask me who

I owe my whole life to

I point to You (We are Messengers – Point to You)

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Love Your Neighbor

2020 is the year I’m diving into what it means to “love your neighbor.” Why do we grow weary, burn out, and give up so easily? How do we love lavishly, give generously, and live out the gospel? What does it look like when gospel learning and gospel living collide?

First, loving others has to become a lifestyle. It isn’t something that we sign up to do on a certain day. We don’t check our calendars or checkbooks before choosing to care about someone. We love when it’s inconvenient, uncomfortable, and costly. We love others when opportunities arise but we are also intentional about seeking out opportunities. We don’t make the needy always come to us.

Secondly, loving others means that we don’t see people as projects. We are called to do good works but no person wants to be our token good deed. Good deeds can be done discreetly, undocumented, and without deadlines. If it’s never posted online – it can still have a profound impact on someone’s life.

I, for one, am exhausted from investing in things that have no eternal significance. The world is broken. People are hurting. And no policy, program, or social media post is going to change that. Only Jesus.

Let’s get out there and live like we believe what we say we believe.

#loveyourneighbor #loveyourneighbor365 #gospelliving #god #gospel

When You Forget to Bring Bread

The disciples forgot to bring bread (Mark 8:14.) Don’t you just hate when that happens? It’s been a long day. 5:00 rolls around and everyone is looking at you to feed them. And you went and forgot the bread. Nothing like being unprepared for an intimate gathering of thousands.

They begin discussing the problem among themselves (Mark 8:16.) Matthew is turning to Peter. John is looking at Mark. They’re all talking about their lack of bread. Notice how no one is talking to Jesus about the *problem.*

Jesus is all, “Why are y’all talking about this?” I imagine the emphasis on “y’all.” Like, why are you looking to each other and not to me? Have you forgotten what I have done for you in the past? (Mark 8:18)

Jesus had to remind them that they had been in the exact situation twice before and He had provided for them in abundance (Mark 8:19-20.) He had just fed five thousand people with five loaves and then four thousand with seven loaves. Yet, here they are in need of bread and they’re discussing it amongst. themselves.

Don’t we do the same thing? We find ourselves in a trial and we begin discussing it amongst ourselves. We go over and over the problem with people who have no way of fixing it. And we fail to talk it over with Jesus who has proven, time and again, that He knows how to take care of us. Do we not remember?

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Faith Over Fear

Where are my fellow worriers? My sister what-if-ers? My if-I-don’t-freak-out-who-will peeps?

Today’s read through the Bible reading held two separate passages that went well together. First, we have Jesus holding out fear and faith as standing in opposition to one another.

Why are you afraid? Have you no faith? Mark 4:40

Then, Proverbs 1:33 teaches that those who listen to the wisdom of the Lord will be delivered from, not just disaster, but even the dread of disaster.

I have been dealing with one particular fear the last 24 hours. So much so that it was becoming all consuming. And this is why it’s so important to not neglect time in God’s Word. It is how He speaks to us, guides us, and comforts us.

This word was for me but, perhaps, someone out there needs to hear it too. 💕

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