When We Are Struggling…..

It’s a bad idea.

For believers to be alone.

To decide to live in isolation.

Blog - IronWe need others to come alongside us and sharpen in us what might otherwise be a dull blade.

A blunt knife is still a knife, but its effectiveness and its usefulness are greatly reduced. So it is with the believer who is left to herself – without the benefits that other sisters in Christ provide.  Continue reading

White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.

Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading

Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental,  spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

Friend for All Times

 What’s in a friendship?

A lot.

True friendships have deep roots!

Fair-weather friends are those friends who are there for you in a superficial sort of way. Sunshine attracts their presence, but sadly the rain repels them. As long as the ride is smooth and the waters are calm and flowing, they are readily available. However, at the first sign of turbulence and distress, they become terribly busy and mostly unavailable. Continue reading