I live next door to one of the pastors at my church, and I have learned so much from watching how he and his wife love on others Carolyn bakes cookies at Christmas time. Jorge mows the lawn for several people in the neighborhood.They open up the doors to their home and invite people in for a meal I often see them standing on a neighbor’s front door stoop having a chat.They live their lives on mission with such easy going transparency. Jesus lived a life of sacrificial friendship.He wasn’t in too much of a hurry to listen to someone’s story.He had eyes to see the hurting.He listened.He invited others in with genuine care.
I want to live a life that welcomes others in and points them to the Truth that will set them free. More and more, I am realizing that this will require me to intentionally move toward the lonely and the lost.
How about you? Do you want to join me on this purposeful mission to love others to Christ through friendship?
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Last year, the month of March was full of sadness. I am so thankful for how far the Lord has brought us in the last 365 days. He truly is the God who heals the brokenhearted. In honor of this year’s fantastically footloose and fancy-free version of March, I am going to join Emily and friends to share 5 fun things I learned this month.
1. I discovered that Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper has an online store. I may have spent a little money. (Package has not arrived yet, so you will have to wait till next month for the unveiling.)
2. Facebook informed me that I can now put stickers on my photographs. (I may have had a little too much fun with this….Don’t tell Bruce…)
3. I discovered that I can binge watch all of Tom Hanks’ movies if I just set aside 7 minutes.
4. I can create a totally ficticious holiday, and all of my fabulous Facebook friends will play along.
5. March 1st is National Pig Day. (The Dunbars are fans of the pig… in case you didn’t know….we may have collected a few….)
I hope this post tickled your funny bone just a little. It’s good to laugh my friends.
Q4U: What made you smile this week?
We have a “closing time” ritual at Casa Dunbar. At 5:00 PM or so, I will call my husband to let him know that I am heading home from work. The drive is about 30 minutes, and usually when I arrive at the house, my man is standing in the driveway to greet me. We do a little hug and kiss thing as I exit the car, and he carries my lunch box and bag in to the back of the house. Everything gets plopped down on the kitchen counter, and we assume our positions — he has his back to the center island, and I stand in front of the opposite counter. Facing each other, the end of the day hug fest begins.
I look forward to this every day.
Once the embracing has ended, we each plop down on our favorite stools on either side of the island to face each other and unpack the events of the day.
I will usually begin by asking, “So, did you have a good day?”
I want to know how my man is doing. Did the day treat him well? Is he happy?
How do you define a good day? Does the sun shine brightly? Do the birdies sing? Does everything go your way?
Tonight at church, God got my attention and re-framed my definition of “The Good Life.” The pastor behind the pulpit mentioned that one of his favorite verses in the Bible is Psalms 119:71:
Well, how about them apples? Apparently, a good day has nothing to do with my happiness.
My interest was now piqued, so right there in the service, I grabbed my fancy phone and headed on over to Bible Gateway to do a quick keyword search. This exercise further expanded my new understanding of what is good when I reflect back on my day.
It is good
- to wait on His name (Psalms 52:9)
- to draw near to God and declare His good works (Psalms 73:28)
- to give thanks to the Lord and sing praise to His name (Psalms 119:71)
- to hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:26)
Friend, today is a good day for a good day. May we never forget.
Something to think about…
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What makes your heart come alive?
It’s important to invest time in things that refresh your soul. This broken world will wear you out in a hurry if you don’t set aside time to recharge.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been searching for pockets of time in my week to find rest and renewal, and I have re-connected with 5 things that make my heart come alive.
Other women collect shoes… I collect books. This book nerd has started heading to bed a little earlier, and I pick up the book on my nightstand and read a few pages. I’ve also put a book in my purse in case free time pops up during my day. A few minutes set aside each day are making a difference.
Journaling helps me to remember God’s goodness and grace. I am taking my journal to work and trying to spend a few minutes of uninterrupted time writing during my lunch hour.
Inside my middle aged body, lurks the spirit of a 5- year old girl who hates bed time. Because I am a night owl, it’s important for me to have a “shut down” time for the evening. I am learning that some things will just have to wait until the morning. Cutting down on screen time and phone usage at the end of the day have really helped me get more sleep.
There is a healing power in sharing our stories. I want my blog to be a safe place for women to come find encouragement each week. My hubby and I usually spend at least an hour a night watching television. I’ve started using that time to read and respond to people who visit this blog.
I need my friends. This week, I decided to e-mail a nice long chatty note to a friend who I love dearly but don’t get to spend time with now that she has moved away. It took me just a few minutes to write