Yesterday, I wrote on Life with Lynnie (LwL) about the fact that I was going to church.
And, I did. Although, I didn't go where I had originally planned on worshipping.
After hearing a fabulous sermon at the Salvation Army Citadel, in South Windsor a few SONday's ago, I had made up my mind to worship, there.
Unfortunately, I found I was running late. By the time I was ready to leave my apartment, I knew I didn't have enough time to drive there.
Instead, I went to worship at a Baptist church, near where I live.
After having been there a few times, several people recognized me. We exchanged greetings. Then, I found a seat.
To my surprise, a man came up to me. D leaned over and said he wanted to tell me that he and his wife had thoroughly enjoyed hearing me sing at the legion, last Monday.
At first, I was rather shocked and didn't know what to say. Then, I smiled and thanked him for the compliment, before he left to rejoin his wife where she was seated.
Believe me... I hadn't expected that to happen. Even so, I was grateful.
God knows that I have been facing a lot in my life. And, I believe He has made things like this happen to me, to lift me up, and encourage me.
For this, I thank God. And, I thank D.
No one, except a few people close to me, have any idea what stressful situations I am facing. Truly, this is a good thing.
LwL is not meant to be a sounding board for my troubles. Or, other people's troubles that affect my life.
But, does this mean that I don't need encouragement?
Of course, I do. Just like you do. And/or other people. We all need to be lifted up and encouraged from time to time.
And, we need to hear truth. Without corruption.
This is one reason why I am so grateful for Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Whatever we say, whether it is taken positively by the person or not, should be said lovingly. Just as God told us to do. This way, people can be edified.
Someone who is a mutual friend, with me and someone I am close to, called me.
He was telling me about the person we are close to. And, what was happening in their life.
Please do not misunderstand. This was not gossip. This person knew that I needed to be aware of the situation.
Even though what I heard was upsetting to me, I was grateful that this fellow took the time to call me, and discuss the issue. I appreciated hearing truth resonating through the phone line. Even if my heart was breaking.
I was grateful that he spoke truth. And, I was grateful that we were able to pray together, at the end of our conversation.
And, I was grateful for the grace that God gives me/us, daily to deal with life's issues. Thank You, Father!
Until next time...
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