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Do you know how to love others well?


It was one of those days.

You know the kind I mean—the kind of day where nearly everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

As the sun slipped below the horizon, I drove down the road, coaxing my weary head to focus. Educational questions, my kids’ spiritual needs, their inability to stay well this season, and my perceived failings as a mom, all bounced around in my head at intervals. I tried not to think about the pile of to-do’s waiting for me at home.

By the time I got to my friend’s house, I felt like I had spent the entire day running.

I turned off the car and sat still for a moment wondering why I just couldn’t seem to get life right. Every time I got into a routine or started making progress, someone or something would come along like a tornado, leveling my carefully constructed efforts. I raked my fingers through my hair, thinking, “I feel like a mess. Why, oh why, am I so awful at this thing called adulthood… and parenting… and everything? Everyone around me has it together. What’s wrong with me?

I took a steadying breath, tried fruitlessly to smooth my frazzled hair, and walked to the front door.

As usual, the Lord set me straight before the night was over.

The ladies with whom I spent the evening ended their time with prayer. Each woman shared a concern or a need and their request was written down and prayed over. As I listened to these sweet mothers and grandmothers share their requests, I heard the pain, concern, and often weariness in their voices. Each person in that room had their own mountain to face, and all needed the steadfast love of the Lord to strengthen them for what lay ahead.

I wasn’t the only person having “one of those days.”

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6 thoughts on “Do you know how to love others well?

  1. None of us do as well as we would like Elihu. You’re not alone. Just know that the Lord is mindful of our shortcomings, and loves you with a love that cannot be shaken.

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  2. Well said Elihu. I’m one those people that tends to focus on my own issues too much. Sometimes even when I’m listening to others tell me their woes I’m thinking in the back of my mind how my problems are bigger than theirs. It’s awful I know but it’s the truth.

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    1. Thank you for your candor, Tricia. Recognizing it is the beginning of better things. I am so grateful that God’s Word shows us how to be more like Him… I know I have a long way to go! May the Lord bless you in your walk with Him. 😊

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  3. I needed this today. We don’t get many date nights, maybe 2 a year. Grandma was going to travel down so we could go to a dinner and marriage conference. She is sick and can no longer make it. It’s a great reminder that we all have pain and we can all give it to the Lord and share each other burdens.

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    1. Well said! I pray that the Lord will bless your grandmother with healing and you with another opportunity for a date night soon! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. God be with you!


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