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  1. Hello!

    Thanks for a really good message.

    This morning, at breakfast, this note paper was right in front of me above my cereal bowl.

    I remember writing it yesterday while reading Matthew, and then placing it there knowing it was important.

    “And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10: 28)

    That scripture spoke to my heart yesterday and today, and I want to ‘stay with it’ on the depths of it.

    “….abide in Me, and My words abide in you…”

    Shalom, shalom,

  2. So much here for thought. As a Christian taking care of a non-compliant, delusional, unappreciative relative, I find your post amidst my frustration, anger and dislike of this person. I find that love seems to be through Christ only to her in the constant caring for this relative.

    Galatians 5:22-23 says it is by God’s grace may we care for people with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

    And, my daughter was here who is not a Christian… listened to me complain. I apologized to her and she gave me a sweet hug before she left. Thank you for your Christ-driven site and this beautiful post and for putting my family in your prayers.

    1. I’m so glad to think these thoughts ministered to you. I know how difficult it can be to keep serving and loving and helping when the person who benefits from your sacrifice is obstinate, selfish, and ungrateful. But infinitely more, Jesus knows what that is like, for He routinely experiences it with us!

      I am praying this morning that God will strengthen you for the task He’s given you to do. That even when you feel weary and alone, He will help you see the ones you serve through His eyes. That He will reassure you of His constant presence. That He will remind you that by serving them, you are serving Him. That your heart will be filled with love and compassion and forgiveness toward the ones in your care, so that the burden becomes lighter than you ever imagined possible.

      And I pray that your unbelieving daughter will notice the change in your attitude and will see the joy in your heart and will know that the God who gave it to you can work the same kind of miracle in her life if only she will turn it completely over to Him.

      God bless you, sweet sister. Keep on keeping on!

  3. Thanks so much for posting! You and your son are amazing to live out your beliefs in such a bold way, as Jesus commands us to do!! Such a wonderful role model for each of us who are believers in the One True God, JESUS, our Lord and Savior.

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