“For Christ’s love compels us”

2 Corinthians 5: 14

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Happy Friday Friends! I’m so glad we’ve made it! It’s been a difficult week in The Wilderness Place. March has been roaring like a lion with fierce winds and heavy frosts. I’m still reeling from the missing hour that was rudely snatched away!

It’s date afternoon with my Sweet Man. That’s enough to warm up my weary bones! I am counting down the hours!

Meanwhile I’m joining Kate Motaung and others, writing five minutes on a one word prompt. 

Todays word: Friend

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“If you question who would surround you during suffering but don’t know the answer, now is the time to begin growing those friendships.

Facing the hardship together is so much better than facing it alone.”

Jill Lynn Buteyn from Just Show Up

As My Sweet Man and I are journeying through the Bible together, we have come to the pages of Job. Most of us know Job’s story. It opens with Job’s wealth, success, and prosperity.  In a few short verses, one could envy Job, until the unthinkable happens. Job looses everything! In one disastrous calamity after another, he loses his children, his wealth, livestock, fields, eventually, his health.

His response takes my breath away.

In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:22 (NLT)

When they heard of the tragedy Job had suffered, three of his friends quickly go to him (Job, chapter 2). Upon finding Job they scarcely recognized their friend. Weeping and wailing, tearing their robes, and throwing dust into their hair, they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. Seven days and seven nights, without a word!

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job for they saw that his suffering was too great for words. Job 2:13 (NLT)

I can’t walk away from here without telling you, there is so much more to Job’s story. Layers of grief, loss, the three friends who sat with him in grief, soon become his accusers. A nagging wife.

There’s restoration and redemption, and so much more. I urge you to read the book of Job.

Unlike Job’s friends, who after grieving in silence with him, eventually becoming his accusers, I am blessed with friends and community who just show up, pouring good things into my heart. Sitting with me in silence on the hard days.

Are you?

Friends, who show up and whisk you away when you need it most. Spiritual Daughters and Sisters in Christ, they curl up on my sofa and share wisdom from God’s Word. Friends, who are willing to just sit with me on a Saturday morning in fuzzy socks and pajama pants. Friends, who sit at the table with me, willing to overlook the dust, drink coffee and share Trader Joe’s cookies.

These are the friends we all need. Friends who share life, the good, the hard, the in between. I pray you have those, and if not, begin growing and cultivating them today.

If you are one who is gifted with the Ministry of Just Showing, blessings, Dear One. You are seen. You are felt. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are needed.

“The journey of walking through hard has amazingly good days mixed with unfathomably hard.

Somehow, grace rises out of the ashes.”

Jill Lynn Buteyn from Just Show Up

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