Walking in the lighted dark

Last night me and our oldest went walking. We really try to give each of our children special time. The things we say when no one else is vying for attention seem important. Last night was important for me and him ( I hope).

We walked from our house, holding hands. Even though he won’t hold my hand hardly in daylight, I know he’s good with it on the slightly spooky walk. 

We talked about what he remembered from living in our old house and his earliest memories. Then onto more deep thoughts, like what to do when someone is angry with you. Waiting and praying before responding is wise, if a response is even required. Caring about people even when they are angry, emotional, and lost in their own thoughts is best. Sometimes the caring looks like praying and keeping a kind heart toward them. He added and “I know this, if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything.”

Young son, caring for people is hard but God saw people as so valuable that he provided the most costly way for people to be brought back into relationship with Him. It’s important; God cares for people, and we will too.

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Blessings to you on this beautiful Sunday, Stephanie

Fear, Safety & Love

I’ve come up against some new issues these last few days. Well, one issue in particular. I’ve asked God about it and prayed for understanding. How can I live out love without extending so much of my heart that I’m in danger? Is it possible to remain indifferent and still love others? To be fully neutral and be what God asks for us to be? To be unaffected by someone else, even the most limited of acquaintance?
I know what I would tell a friend – I’d say no. If you are going to love the way God calls us to love, you are opening yourself up to others. Walking past another and not extending them grace ( a smile, a kind word ) is not neutral, it’s negative. The kind word costs nothing (unless you are keeping a record of your kindness and expecting a return on your investment). Right now the passage in Luke 27 is running through my mind: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” This is Jesus response to the questions, “Teacher, What shall we do to inherit eternal life?” So, it seems it’s very important, eternally important, to love your neighbor as yourself.

The possible danger of rejection is nothing when weighed against the true measure of Love. (see Romans 5:8)

So, I’m convicted. It seems that I’ve let fear creep in, put lipstick on it and called it safety. I’ve exchanged love for comfort.

P.S. – to temper the comments above, be wise and listen to the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Matt 10:16, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

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