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Melanie from This Ain't New York
"Why you may never know what happened to the ants in my kitchen."
You were supposed to be reading about how ants overtook my kitchen last summer. It was going to be a lovely, spiritual, whimsical parody until about 7:00 last night.
It had been a long day, one in which I honestly cannot remember how I got from Point A to Point Z. ( I know it is supposed to be Point B, but I passed that a long time ago.)
I called my dear friend and got her voice mail. When the recording asked me to leave a message, I just hung up. Before I could put down my phone she was calling me back.
"What's up?" she asked.
As tears welled up in my tired eyes, I said, "I just need some encouragement."
I am usually the one offering encouragement to others. I love sending cards and giving hugs. When I need encouragement, I keep silent.
Until last night when I called my friend.
She didn't ask why I needed encouraging. She didn't ask why. Partly, it was because she knew; she's my best friend. She's also my sister in Christ.
Encouraging words spilled from her heart right there over the phone line. She listened and offered advice, but most of all, she accepted me for who I am, an imperfect woman, saved by the Perfect Love of Christ.
By the end of the call, we were laughing. She gave me a few tips for some of the tasks I have ahead of me- including finding a special outfit for an occasion this weekend. She even offered her own clothes…
"I have this nice blouse that I would let you borrow, but it would probably be too big for you."
That, dear friends, is some serious Christian exhortation.
God's Word tells us that believers need each other. We are not here to go through life alone.
“Just as our bodies have many parts that has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ,we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” Romans 12: 4-5 (NLT)
Do you need some encouragement? Don't be afraid to ask. A Christian friend is willing to offer you some loving, Godly advice. (And maybe even let you borrow her clothes.)
Our prayer is that you will find encouragement here each day.
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
May You Have Joy in His Name,