Just kidding, we live baseball. My son loves playing, I love watching, my daughter loves playing with her friends and now Blue loves everyone and everyone loves him. And we had a great time and I am exhausted. It was good to catch up with a bunch of people we know from seasons past. And I am thankful for the sport and loved playing when I was younger. I feel so American and such a strong sense of community at my kid’s baseball games. And it is lovely. The kids learn teamwork and get exercise. The parents converse and share information. The youngers make friends. Good stuff. Not a Christian post really as I generally blog, but I am really thankful for baseball and wanted to voice that. Yes, it makes us busier, but this is a fun, worthy busy and I am thankful for it.❤
My dear friends and Christian mentors/parents Char and Pete were in town and I hadn’t seen them for a couple years. And I saw them last night!! We visited together at Old Town where Steve and Kevin were filling in for our old band for a gig. So they could dance and we visited also and it was a beautiful time.
I got to thinking, as is my habit, and I thought how precious fellowship is and how fellowship is not a prescription production in a church building but can happen anywhere anytime people get together who love Jesus and talk about Him and encourage each other. What a beautiful thing!! Praise God and I thank Him for such friends!!😄❤
Every day is beautiful and a gift. None are promised and every one is a gift of grace, filled with potential. Sure, people may not be packed into this day n in merriment and excitement, but they could if you throw some hot dogs on the grill and in it people over. Or reading a good book could fill your day with them or growth opportunities. Or baking or making something could provide someone an opportunity to receive a handmade gift from you and make them smile. There are endless possibilities for today. Make it count and share joy! (Sharing joy makes yours bigger.) 😄❤
Most people I know are broken. Most often you don’t see their brokenness until they are humble enough or comfortable enough to show it in front of you or just can’t help but show it because of the depth of that brokenness. The few unbroken are in denial/lies, ignorant of their brokenness or about to be broken. So brokenness is a truth of humanity. This is due to the pride sin we inherited from the first prideful sin in the garden. But I digress. Blame is stupid and unproductive. It remains that people are broken.
Now, as a healer (someone who basically cares about the broken and has faith that God can heal them), I help heal the broken. How is that when I myself am also human and therefore also broken? The answer is the faith thing. The answer is always God. I cannot heal a person, even as a doctor, unless that person humbly admits there is a problem and believes there is help available to them. Humility has to be present and a humble prayer to God to step in and heal. Then healing starts. It is rarely if ever immediate. Healing starts. God does this to not overwhelm us and form a careful scar that is helpful and not dead. And how do we develop humility in people to start this? Prayer and loving on the person. It is a process, a relationship. This is God’s plan. A community that helps each other and cares for each other in worship to Him. Until restoration happens in heaven, we all have to be broken together and share love and knowledge that humble prayer promotes God’s healing useful, beautiful scars. It is the only way it works beautifully like that. Love plus humble prayer in faith.❤
I don’t have y’all’s address for a Christmas card, so consider this my sincere hope to you for a very Blessed and Joyful Christmas celebration this year!! From our family to yours, most sincere Christmas blessings and may Jesus’ birthday be memorable and peaceful for you this year. Much love to you!😄❤🎁🎄
Ecclesiastes 4:9. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 12. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”❤
Now, I believe friends should talk to each other. I mean true friends. God puts people together for such purposes… to share and help and encourage each other and worship God together. Now, how can that happen if communication is down or one sided? Truly, it cannot.
I was very surprised to learn some disturbing stuff a friend is going through. It seemed all was well. I am not sure if it was their being good at hiding or my complete inattention to details which would have signaled me (I seem doomed to some level of blindness) and my optimistic nature, but I am certain both of us were at fault and I am sorry for my part.
My first reaction was “Why on earth didn’t you tell me so I could have been praying for you?” Secondly, I could have helped or encouraged or something. Thirdly, didn’t you trust me? Now, that last one I readily admit is selfish. But I want you to see how we extroverts think. And I get that introverts hate being helped so loudly. I get that. I understand… most of my few friends are introverts. My mom is an introvert. I get it.
But the praying thing is spot on. If you are going through something, feel free to say, “Now don’t make a big, loud deal out of this, but I need to talk and I need prayers only.” And that is totally doable. That is conditional, sharing your feelings communication right there. See what beautiful things can happen when we are true friends and share the load and pray together. Amazing things!❤