I have cried many tears today and had many scary moments. There was nothing that could have truly helped prepare me to see my husband, my wonderful Charlie become critical and struggling through his every breath. But no matter how scary, I knew the Lord was with me and would never leave me. It was His strength that carried me through and still is as he is still very sick. And it is the prayers of so many others that are lifting us up to The Lord that has meant so much as I know He has and is answering our prayers.
As difficult as today was, I cannot imagine facing it without the hope of Christ and without Him to depend on. And as horrible as that would be, the reality is that there are people everywhere, every single day doing just that. They are facing each and every crisis all alone because they do not know Christ.
Maybe as you have read this post you have never had Christ to depend on and you do feel that you are living through all of your own crisis on your own. The wonderful news is that you don’t have to. Christ wants to know you and have a relationship with you. He wants to carry your burdens for you. As Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” If you would like more information about having a relationship with Christ, please click here.
A recent news article (found here) caught my eye as it told the tragic story of a newly married husband and soon to be father who fell while hunting, crushing his C3-C5 vertebrae. Within just hours of his injury, the doctors gave the family no hope of a recovery off of a ventilator that many call “life support” and wanted to know what they wanted to do. They decided to wake him up, and ask him personally what he wanted to do. He decided to die and they therefore cut the ventilator off and he passed away.
There was a huge response and wide range of emotional responses. One person commented that his “pregnant wife didn’t need the extra work of caring for him and a baby.” Another person commented that they believe “most people would have made the same decision.” Another commented that he made the right decision because he would have had, “absolutely no quality or dignity of life, dependent on life support.” And yet another, “living in the condition he was in is not living to me…I am ready to meet God when he is ready for me.” And others blamed God for “making” it happen.
There are many issues that I could address but the reality is that though it made me sad that this family saw the situation as they did, I really am grateful that my husband didn’t make the same choice. My husband who also faces a life where he uses a ventilator (life support) to live, and basically has no use of his arms or legs and is totally dependent on others chose life and still chooses life daily over death. And he not only has life, but has an abundant life because of Christ.
What this man was facing was by no means an easy situation. Even Charles asked the question yesterday, “How would my response to my own situation differ if it happened overnight instead of a gradual decline?” Though this situation is difficult, there is one thing that I am very thankful for.
I am thankful that my husband chose life.
I am also thankful for the one true God who can take a life that to others would deem “no life at all” and make it into something beautiful.
I am thankful for my husband’s courage. Through all the many many things he faces every single day just to live life, he willingly goes through it. Not for himself, but for Christ, and so that others may come to know Christ.
I am thankful that though Charles could have believed his life to be too much of a burden, he believed he had something to offer a spouse and therefore allowed me the GREAT privilege to be married to him.
I am thankful for the one true God who loves us, and uses us no matter our broken bodies – because the reality is we are all broken in some way.
I am thankful that because of Christ and our relationship with Him we know that there is so much more to life than what this world offers and considers a “full life.”
It is sad that life is taken so lightly. I do believe that God is in control of all things and allows (not wills) bad things to happen, bad things happen because of a broken and sinful world. But God has given us a beautiful promise. That promise is that even though bad things happen and trials come (and they will come) that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). And I believe that Charles’ life is a beautiful example of that. A broken body but a beautiful story of what life is really all about and how amazing the one true God really is to be able to work things out in such an amazing way. It is a difficult life, but an abundant and joy-filled life he is able to live only because of the strength he has in Christ.
 All comments were made on the article found at http://www.aol.com/article/2013/11/06/tim-bowers-32-year-old-outdoorsman-chooses-to-end-li/20762381/.
Sometimes we get tired of waiting. We feel like we work and work to accomplish God’s purposes, to do what He has called us to do. But nothing ever happens. We never seem to bear any fruit. Or at least that is what “we” think. However, many times God is at work in us and preparing us in ways we don’t realize. It has been like that for Spring and I for the past year. We knew that God had called us to this ministry of sharing about the things He had done in our life to encourage others. As the year went on, it just seemed like we were never going to be used. We have learned that we had to trust God and wait on His timing.
We have really been able to see God at work in our lives and ministry over the past few weeks. We have been waiting for this time to come for a year now. Although we are just now starting to “see” God at work in our ministry, He has been working all along. It is just hard to see sometimes. In His sovereignty He knows that we had to go through a period of preparation. We have really seen our work begin to bear fruit in our recent trip to Fort Worth and northwest Oklahoma.
I have had trouble knowing how God wanted me to articulate the testimony of what He had done in my life to others with our speaking engagements. But through a long period of preparation, and help from my Union speech professor Mr. David Burke, I was able to get my message more clearly together. Mr. Burke was such an encouragement and gave such Godly wisdom. He not only helped us shape our message but also helped us remember to keep the focus of our ministry always in the forefront – that focus being Christ. God provided Mr. Burke at just the right time.
Over the past couple of weeks we have had the opportunity to share in three churches. We could really see God beginning to work in these services as I was able to clearly communicate the message that God wanted us to share. He not only used these services to reach others but to make it clear to us that He is going to use us.
Our pastor at First Baptist Church in Dyer, Bro. DeWayne Goodgine, gave us an excellent opportunity to share both in sermon Sunday morning and in our testimony Sunday evening on October 20th to get us started. I struggled a lot with developing the exact message that God wanted me to share at First Baptist, Dyer because these were people that had known me all my life and had heard my testimony more than once. Who was I to share my testimony any more than anyone else? Why was my story more important than anyone else’s? Why was I even good enough to share my testimony? These people already knew everything about me. What could I share that they didn’t already know? The answer to all these questions was simple. It wasn’t about me anyway, it was about what God had done in my life. He wants me to share what He has done in my life. I just had to be transparent with the congregation and share my concerns and the answer the Lord had given me. We are very thankful to First Baptist, Dyer for giving us this opportunity before our trip and speaking engagements the following Sunday in Oklahoma. We are also very thankful for their prayers and support that made the trip possible.
On the following Sunday morning, we shared our testimony at Arnett First Baptist Church in Arnett, OK, where my brother-in-law, Paul Stohler, is pastor. We really appreciate the opportunity he gave us to speak there and meet his congregation. We also appreciate him and our sister-in-law, Michelle, allowing us to stay in their home for a few days to visit with them as we spoke in the area. Their house is the perfect layout for everything we had to bring in. The house has office space that we were able to setup a hospital bed and all of my medical equipment and supplies that worked perfect for us. It’s amazing how the Lord had all this in mind and planned it so perfectly for us to stay there. Everyone at Arnett FBC had such Christ-like character. The people there were so welcoming and kind. As they shared with us after the service how much they were impacted, we knew that God had used our message. One man even said after he had thought for a couple of days that he didn’t think he would have been able to live my life. The answer in my mind was that he could live my life through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). I am no different than him because it is only through Christ that I could live my life.
We are also very thankful for Paul introducing us to Bro. Kenny Platte, the pastor at First Baptist Church in Shattuck, OK, where we shared our testimony that evening. After we spoke the first thing Bro. Kenny said to his congregation was “what’s your excuse?” Several people also told me personally how much they were impacted by our story. The people there were also very kind and welcoming. We really appreciate everyone’s hospitality and support.
We feel like the Lord wanted us to share about how He had fulfilled and is fulfilling His purposes in our life and encourage others to do the same. I focused on Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” We talked about how if we choose to love God and follow His will for our lives that He will use both the good and bad circumstances of life for our good as God sees it to accomplish His purpose for us which is to become more like Christ. It is our goal to encourage others with this as they face the trials of life. But it is also our goal to share with others that we must be “called” or have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ for God to work out His purposes in our lives. I finished each message with Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Click here to see a video of the service.
I spoke a shortened version of this same message with the 7th through 12th grade students from the public school in Arnett on Wednesday. The students are dismissed from school everyday during lunch and are able to have lunch and listen to a short message every Wednesday from their own choice. There were about 60 students there that day out of a town of 500 people. We feel that God was able to use this time to speak to the students about how to find true purpose in life. I shared about how God is able to fulfill His purpose in my life through my choosing to seek Him and how they can find that same purpose through seeking God’s will for their life. Of course the prerequisite for this is that we have a personal relationship with Christ. I shared the Gospel with them at the end and left it open to speak with me or Paul whenever they wanted to.
Overall it was a really good trip and we feel like God was able to demonstrate His strength through what He has done in our lives. We had left behind some pharmacy and medical supplies but had them shipped. My care staff was very helpful. We encountered the usual problems and hardship of traveling but God provided for our needs. We traveled home on Thursday and Friday and were able to have a productive weekend and start to the week. We thank everyone so much for all of their prayers and support that made this trip possible.
God has shown us through the past year and finally the past few weeks that if we wait on Him, He will use us to bear fruit for His Kingdom. I encourage everyone who may think that the Lord will never use them and are tired of waiting, that He will use you when He knows the time is right. Know that you will see the goodness of the Lord and wait on Him.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14, NASB
We had a great time this past weekend at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Charles was able to meet with his professors and we were able to connect and engage with many at the Art of Homemaking Conference through our exhibit. Our trip, though successful, was not without the usual craziness as I made several trips to Wal-Mart and had to have very important medications and supplies shipped that we had left behind in Dyer. It seems no matter how much we plan – there is always something left behind! But the Lord was faithful and one particular item that could not be mailed was actually in stock in a specialty pharmacy in Fort Worth. That was a huge praise. But the weekend wouldn’t have been nearly as smooth if it wasn’t for a truly great servant who helped us in such a huge way. It is my cousin, Jana.
Jana is truly one of the greatest servants I have ever had the privilege of knowing. One of my favorite stories is when she came to visit me in Lufkin. I had tried really hard to block off my calendar while she was there, but I still had to run up to the church for a few hours to handle some things. It was in the middle of January and my Christmas decorations were still up. Jana was on vacation before her spring semester in seminary and should have been relaxing. But instead – the entire time I was gone she had packed up ALL of my Christmas decorations, tree ornaments, my big artificial tree, lights and all and put them in their containers by the time I had gotten home. This is just one example of many throughout the years whether it has been helping me make it through a speaking engagement or picking me up from the ER when getting sick at work, or talking to me late at night when I felt like I was dying because of a heart arrhythmia problem I had in seminary – she has always been there. She will always bend backwards for anyone who needs her and she always makes you feel like it was never a problem for her and never an inconvenience.
As Charles and I and the rest of our crew stormed Fort Worth this weekend, her acts of service were once again in full swing. She had already taken off work to help us out with our exhibit at the conference, and days before we got there we had to have several items shipped to her apartment. Our hotel washing machine was broken, so we stayed up until midnight the first full day we were in town washing our towels at her apartment. She helped me load up all the many boxes and towels into my car. We ran out of candy for our exhibit after the first day and she went to Wal-Mart that night to buy more (it was not cheap either). She manned our booth both days with a major headache and a pile of school work to do with a smile on her face and never a complaint on her tongue. It is this Christ-like example of servanthood that God uses in her life to show His love to others.
God took care of so many details on our trip and Jana was willing to be obedient in being His hands and feet for us this past weekend. Thank you Jana, we love you and are so thankful for you and your example to us!
“Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.” Psalm 100:2
I was expecting our first year of marriage to be kind of rough. I guess because so many people had told me that the first year of marriage is always tough. For us however, our external circumstances (shifts in Charles’ care giving staff for example) were so incredibly crazy that we were just trying to make it day to day. Though we had a few issues here and there for the most part, our crazy life that we had found ourselves in drew us closer together. But as we rounded the corner into year number two and found ourselves much more adjusted to the unexpected crazy of daily life, splinters of our relationship that had been forgotten in the craziness soon began to fester. And on the day of our one year anniversary we also made a total commitment to start whole-heartedly pursuing ministry which therefore twisted our crazy life into a tailspin towards a complete different direction in so many ways. Needless to say, it was an adjustment. For most of Charles’ adult life had been dedicated towards a business that was now not supposed to be the main focus of his life and instead of a normal daily routine with defined job duties we found ourselves working at home, starting a ministry from the absolute ground up. It was exciting, and still is, no doubt as we are still in the early phases, but my goodness – it was and is…. difficult! Through all of the changes, it has definitely not always been my most “graceful” side of my personality that has always been at the forefront. It has been hard going through so much transition so early in our marriage. But there is one major thing that I have learned more about in my marriage than ever before, it is grace.
To live with me – including all of the ugly, not-so-perfect, sinful nature me – Charles has definitely had to exercise a lot of grace. (There’s definitely no doubt that I am VERY strong-willed and a very “passionate” communicator LOL!). It has been a wonderful and beautiful experience to experience the kind of marriage God has always intended for marriage to be. It’s about going through the long haul, seeking the Lord, and growing closer in our walk with the Lord as we grow closer to each other. But I have made a lot of mistakes! I read so many books about marriage before we got married but of course none of them helped prevent me from making mistakes and not loving Charles exactly how he should be loved. It often times made him feel unloved, disrespected and hurt. But instead of staying there – he chooses to offer forgiveness and grace; undeserved grace and forgiveness to be more specific. But the more grace he gives, the more I desire to not do those things that cause so much pain.
The Lord has shown me through this example in marriage that it is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Charles and I have always appreciated Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s approach to costly grace. Because the grace that Christ gives is not cheap. It was paid with a great price. But if we move forward, sinning as we want, we are going through life as though the price of the grace offered was cheap. But if we are ever able to wrap our minds and hearts around how much we truly do not deserve this grace that God so freely bestows upon us – will we ever have a true understanding of why it is so important to grow daily in what God wants for us? When we continue on sinning, and going against what God has for us, wants for us, and commands of us, it is living as though that grace is cheap. It is just like my relationship with Charles – if I truly love him and understand the undeserved grace that he gives, then I will not desire to continue doing what I know hurts him. It is the same with God – if we truly love the Lord, and understand the grace that He gives, then we will not want to continue on in our sin.
I’m so thankful for grace – and the new understanding and appreciation of God’s grace that has been shown to me through my amazing and Godly husband. The Lord has given me such a gift – a gift that I definitely do not deserve. And I pray that as I grow in my relationship with the Lord that I will pursue holiness and remember the grace that Christ has given me was costly and bought with a great price.
“What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey – either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? …But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification – and the end is eternal life!” Romans 6:15-16,22
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see. – John Newton
I have always thrived off of being busy. I think it is because when I am busy it forces me to get organized, be productive and not waste my time. But sometimes in my married life I have found a category that I’m sure many can identify with – the times that are not just busy, but those times when you are just trying to survive.
Just trying to make it through the day.
Just trying to accomplish the basic life necessities.
Maybe it’s a long period of time when you have 3 kids under the age of 4, maybe it’s for a short time when your husband is on a business trip leaving you to manage at home alone, maybe it’s the last semester in school and you’re taking a million classes just to finish up. We all have those “just trying to survive moments.” And when people ask you, “How are you doing?” You desire to just take 5 minutes to pour out your heart to that unexpected stranger to get a brief moment of sympathy, but you realize you don’t have time for that. For me, most of Charles and my marriage have been filled with these moments but not always for the same reason. Though I am sure I still have a LOT to learn, I still have learned many lessons in the past 2 years. So here are my current top five survival tips for those “just trying to survive” moments in our life.
First, and most importantly seek the Lord and spend time in His Word.
Matthew 6:33 is one of my all time favorite words of encouragement. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Though Christian music is always playing in my car or around the house, and my prayer life is pretty consistent, it is that sit down meeting with the Lord and His Word that seem to end up at the bottom of the to-do list. Life is busy in these moments and some days if I don’t get started right away into them then I won’t have the energy to move forward at all.
But the reality is… nothing – I mean nothing – is more important than spending time in the Word. I’m not talking about just listening to Christian radio or picking up our iPhones and reading a verse a day (which are all good) but nothing can substitute for spending time in the Word. When we focus our eyes on the Lord He helps us to see life as He sees it. We will be filled up with the encouragement that we need and the hope that can only be found in Christ.
Second, only focus on the important things.
During these survival moments my to-do list is always overly full of a million things. But I have learned that some things can be put on hold, and some things just have to wait. This is sometimes hard for my over-achieving self but it’s a reality that I have had to really come to terms with.
But the reality is… even during these times of “surviving,” God gives us enough time in our day to do what He wants us to do and not always enough time to do what we want to do. When we seek first His kingdom, He will guide and lead us through our day to accomplish His purposes and provide for our needs.
Third, rest or slow down when needed
When our to-do list is screaming at us along with everyone else around us, we may have a tendency to never slow down and rest. I often hear of my friends that will finally get the kids to bed and then they will stay up hours later to keep working. We often feel if we don’t keep working, our list will never get accomplished.
But the reality is… if we don’t get the rest that we need, we will physically, emotionally and spiritually be overly exhausted. It is sometimes hard for us to stop and rest, but it is so important and we must make time for it. I believe that adequate and needed rest is not only important but it is important to the Lord which is evident throughout scripture. God devoted an entire commandment to resting and spending an entire day focusing on Him. (Exodus 20:8) It is important to rest.
Fourth, Keep Moving
This may sound like a contradiction to number three but even though rest is definitely necessary, too much rest can also keep us from moving forward. Sometimes we may feel like curling up in a ball or taking a break and saying. “enough is enough – I just want a break.” But ultimately, whether we think we deserve a “break” from it all – the truth is these times in our life can be hurt by our desires to just stop. We will lose our momentum and these extended breaks can allow self-pity to set in which then takes us totally off track and makes it an even longer process to get back to the tasks at hand.
The reality is that we do need rest, but we don’t need to be idle. Proverbs 31:27 gives the perfect encouragement when the author writes of the woman who “watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.” We need not to be idle during these times. Sometimes stress can cause us to freeze but no matter what is going on we must keep moving forward.
Fifth – Keep communication open with your spouse, family and friends.
Communication in relationships is so VERY important whether it’s with your spouse, kids, parents or friends. During these moments of “surviving,” communication with everyone in our life is even more important. There are a few specifics I would like to mention.
- Maintain your communication with the Lord (prayer) constantly
- Keep your communication encouraging
- Build everyone up during times that are difficult (and really all the time for that matter
- Be forgiving – stressful times causes everyone to respond and react in ways that may not be normal for them
- Be honest about how you are feeling
- Work together
- Let those around you keep you accountable and make sure you get the rest that you need.
Times of “survival” can definitely be challenging but it is also a time that the Lord can use to really stretch, grow and deepen our faith. Instead of letting our circumstances distract us, let it keep you even more grounded in the Word and the Lord’s promises. If we are able to keep our focus in the right direction, we can learn to “thrive” in the craziness of life instead of just “survive.”
“Consider it great joy, my brother, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth.” Psalm 71:5
At 25 yrs old, I unexpectedly found myself standing in front of a class of approximately 75 new nursing students as the newest nursing instructor at Angelina College. My task for the day was to teach them about assessing patient’s “spiritual health.” So I began my lecture asking the students to first examine their own spiritual health. What does hope and faith mean to them? One student immediately raised her hand to declare to the world that she didn’t have any religious beliefs and considered herself to be an agnostic. I further probed her belief system and she said the she wakes up every day with hope. “Hope in what?” I asked. In which she replied, “Hope in a better tomorrow.”
I am so grateful that what I hope in is more than just a “better tomorrow”. And I’m not just “hoping” but have confident certainty in my Lord. I am so grateful for the hope of Christ and the hope that I have in a God that created the universe who has a plan for my life. I’m so thankful that through all that Charles and I go through – we know that our trials are not in vain. I’m so thankful that all of our life’s goals and ambitions are not about building up riches here on this earth that will mean nothing one day when the earth is no longer our “home” but it is about building up our treasure in heaven. Treasures that last forever.
In a nation that is so quickly turning so completely and utterly away from Christ, it is sad for me to read the misuse and abuse of such words like “faith, love, hope, pray and courage” in so many secular articles and sometimes even articles blogs or posts some would consider to be Christian. These words that have meant so much to me, that I hold so dear, leaves me heartbroken to live in a nation and be surrounded by so many that have no idea what those words truly even mean.
If you do not know Christ –
What faith are you holding on to?
Who are you praying to?
What does love really mean?
The sad truth is that so many do not know what they are praying to, hoping in or being courageous about. It is just words to them and a reference to the amount of trust and dependence they have in themselves.
When I was in South Africa as a youth, the Zulu culture knew these terms as well – but had them so intertwined into their ancestral worship of their past that they did not understand the Truth. We also in America have so intertwined all cultures, religions and philosophies into our “all roads lead to the same heaven” mentality that so many do not know the Truth. So many want to believe in a heaven, live their life how they want to, and condemn those who do not agree. Sadly, so many are missing the truth for which Christ so clearly stated that He is “the Way”. And therefore they are left dependent on themselves and missing out on the most joy-filled life this present earth has to offer and the promise of a true heaven spent with the God who created us and loves us with an everlasting love for all of eternity.
In this day and age, the easy thing to do is to be quiet and do nothing. But that is not what Christ has called us to. May we be the salt and light to the world in which Christ has placed us so that others will know the Truth and to share about the One that we can hope in, follow in faith and be courageous about. May we have the boldness and confidence that we need to share the Truth with those around us. May we be ever thankful that we are not just “hoping for a better tomorrow” but we are confident in an amazing God in which we place our hope, trust and faith in. A God who never changes. A God who loves us with an everlasting love and will always do what He says He will do.
After we went to speak at a conference for The Speak Foundation in Atlanta we went on the following week to see my sister, Jennifer, my brother-in-law Fred and my 4 year old niece Julia. When we got there we had to immediately begin unloading supplies and everything we needed for my care (an entire big van full of stuff) into their house as we do anywhere we go. This immediately intrigued our niece. She was so excited about having company that she had stayed up until nearly midnight to see us and then immediately wanted to help us unload. So there she went taking in anything she could carry like egg crates, pillows and light totes.
Every evening when my caregiver staff came to start getting me ready for bed, she always wanted to help and was in the middle of everything. Then one evening she was wanting to help with me so badly but we were to the point that she couldn’t really help with anything any longer. At that point, Jennifer came to get her to start getting her ready for bed.
She was so upset and began to beg and plead to stay.
And as she was being carried away – she pleaded with all the emotion that she could muster up to stay because she wanted to help Uncle Charles so “it wouldn’t take so long.”
The tenderness of her response to my situation grabbed me and filled me with emotion. How could she have such an understanding? How could she care so much and want to relieve some of my discomfort? I was overcome with emotion.
As I reflected upon what she had done and the care and love that she had shown me, I was reminded of what Jesus taught about how our life of faith should be like the faith of a child.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me.” (Matthew 18:1-5)
If each of us could have the innocence and care that a child has, how much greater would we be as a member of God’s kingdom? How much greater would our impact be on the world around us that so desperately needs to not only “hear” about Christ – but see His love shown.
Jesus tells us that we must become like children to even be saved and enter the kingdom of God in the first place. However, as we often move along through life’s journey in the kingdom of God we begin to lose this child-like nature. Being around Julia that week was a true reminder of the attitude we should have to live out our life as Christians. How often are we so moved with care for others that we want to do anything possible to lighten their burden? Or how often do we dismiss opportunities to show this care because we don’t want to disarrange our life?
Julia was choosing to miss out on play time. She had left her toys behind. She was willing to do anything and everything to help lighten the load. I believe that is what Christ has also called us to do.