kindness

Lessons Learned in the Minivan

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Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It was challenging at best to get all five kids out the door each morning. They had places to put their stuff but someone had inevitably misplaced something just as we were about to leave. One morning I was yelling at them to hurry and get in the car. I then proceeded to yell at them all the way to school. By the time the last one got out I was bawling my eyes out! I said out loud, “God, why did you even give me these kids?”   

As soon as I the words left my lips I knew I was in trouble.

God answered me with a question, “Valerie do you love these children?”

“Yes sir, I do,”  I said. Now I was sobbing.

“And Valerie, do you know that love covers a multitude of sins?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I do,” I replied.

I then asked Him to forgive my angry outburst. Later that day, I asked the kids to forgive me as well. God in His merciful discipline restored me that day. Maybe you, like me, are in need of forgiveness today. Ask and you shall receive!

And there you go!

Abounding in Love

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Psalms 86:5 says, You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

I have heard it said love is not a feeling. But if that is true then what is the strong emotion I feel for my husband and children? How do we define that?

Love is an act of kindness and compassion toward others that leads them to find God for themselves. And this being so, sometimes love must do courageous and even hard things such as not allowing another person to continue in sin even if it means being perceived as unloving by the person.

For example, I dearly love all five of my children more than I can say. If they are heading the wrong direction and walking in sin in any way, I will lovingly tell them to change direction. God’s way is the only way for them to truly live and learn what love is for themselves. This “type” of loving, while not easy, causes the recipient to abound in love. Not only abound in my love but the love of the Lord

We will more fully understand the abounding love of the Father when we are loved enough by someone who will tell us what we need to hear to bring us to call on Him. For it is His loving kindness that leads us to repentance. This leads to action as well as the emotion of abounding love for God and for others.

And there you go!

It is Well with my Soul...Seriously!

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Lamentations 3:22-23 says, The Lord’s loving kindnesses, indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Oh, bless the name of The Lord. His faithfulness and loving kindnesses (more than one) never, ever cease. When I awake each morning, His mercies are new.

When sadness overtakes me, darkness seems to be my lot, and I think things can’t get worse, this verse reminds me that if I wake up on earth or in heaven, His mercies are new, and He will not —cannot — forget to be faithful. For He is God!

Tho Satan should buffet,
Tho trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

That’s why it’s well with my soul. Because His mercies and loving kindnesses will never fail me. Every morning I’m covered by his blood, and He has a plan for my life each day.  And there you go!
 

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