Galatians: Day 12

Carry One Another’s Burdens

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Today's Text: Galatians 6:1-18, James 5:19-20, Romans 15:1-7, Hebrews 12:3, 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

- Galatians 6:2 -

My best friend lives 2,000 miles away, on the other side of the ocean. (But we live in Hawaii, so that’s true of a lot of our friends!) Throughout the week she and I send texts back and forth, full of emojis, scripture, encouragement, and real-life struggles. We preach truth to each other, because sometimes you need to hear the truth from someone other than yourself. She’s my most encouraging friend— always holding me up when I fall, and always reminding me of God’s truth, His promises, and His faithfulness in all circumstances. I can be gut-honest with her, and she can be the same with me.

In Galatians 6:2, Paul encourages us to, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

He had just finished telling the Galatians to love each other, to put away the things of the flesh (like jealousy, envy, divisions, and hatred. Anyone been there? I sure have!) and to put on the things of the Spirit (like love and patience and kindness— you know, all things that make for a sweet friendship or relationship). Then Paul gives us this command: bear each other’s burdens. 

The thing is, life is hard. Not all the time, for sure. There are so many things to give thanks for and to rejoice in, laugh at, and rest in. But there are days and seasons of life that are just flat-out difficult. Devastating. Heartbreaking. Gut-wrenching. You may feel alone and abandoned, overwhelmed and anxious, fearful, stressed, or heavy-hearted. You may feel hopeless.

But God, in His ever-gracious, all-loving, and all-knowing way, gives us each other to do life with. This life is not meant to be lived alone.

Yes, God has given us Himself, which is the greatest gift of all. He’s also given us His Word, which is chock-full of His promises and stories of His faithfulness and character. His Word empowers me, fills me with hope, and gives me strength and courage to face those hard days. He gives us prayer. I know I can cry out to God all day, every day. He is so sweet to us!

But He ALSO gives us friends. Friends who listen, who let us ugly-cry in front of them, and who help us regain perspective. Friends who remind us of truth and hope when we ourselves don’t believe. Friends who pray for us when we’re too weak and give us grace when we fail. Friends who know when we’re sad and hurting, and press in to ask us why. Friends who bring us coffee when we’re having a hard day. Friends who send us a card across the ocean just to let us know we’re loved.

Paul is telling us here to be that friend. Be that friend to your friends, to your family, to people new to your neck of the woods, to people a bit younger than you and a bit older than you. Be that friend to your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.

Not only is this beautiful, but it fulfills the law of Christ. The law of Christ is not a set of rules, a list of dos and don’ts. It’s not about going to church, or reading your Bible for so many minutes a day. The law of Christ is to love others as He so abundantly loves you. Jesus gets so much delight and glory when we love those around us— when we think of them, serve them tangibly, and get on our knees to pray for them.

Friends, we have been set free to love. To give ourselves. To bear each other’s burdens.

May we do that today.


Alyssa Joy Bethke is a lover of people, adventure, sunshine, and coffee. Wife to her best friend— author, speaker, and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke— and mom to their sweet baby girl Kinsley, Alyssa serves alongside her husband to share the message of God’s lavish grace. Alyssa is the author of Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are.

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  • BS low – raltanotiiy high! Really good answer!

  • Samantha

    Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus

    It’s easy for me to feel ill-equipped in sharing in others’ burdens. It’s easy for me to feel like I need more, need to be more. But God equips me not only to share burdens, but others to share my burdens with me. I am so grateful for my friends across America who share in these burdens with me, constantly challenging, encouraging, praying for, and pressing in to me to help me and share in my burdens. I am thankful that I have friends I can gently rebuke and restore. And I’m thankful for a God who provides all of these things.

  • Sarah Schumacher

    I love Alyssa!! Her and her husband are both so real and encouraging. Thankful for people like them who are fulfilling the law of Christ just by writing these encouraging devotions.

  • Brooke Glasnapp

    What an incredible message knowing we serve a good God who calls us to freely love and bear each other’s burdens . Beautiful and amazing!!!

  • Loved! Loved! Loved! This post was right on time and it only further shows me the type of friend/person God wants me to be. I say that b/c we may be the only “light” ppl encounter in their lives. TY Alyssa & SRT for an awesome post! Xoxo

  • As I was reading the devo I was a bit saddened. As the writer is we have friends to do all these things with. Yet I do not. After being in ministry for 20 years I don’t have friends. Unfortunately for my husband & 2 children we learned not to get close or open up. As we have been hurt judge & betrayed. So if you’re reading this & your close to someone in ministry make sure you protect that friendship.

    • Carrie Rowe

      I don’t know you, but my heart broke reading this. I have no idea what has happened in your life, but God does and He loves you and cares for you so much and I truly believe He wants you to have deep friendships again. So if I can just encourage you in love to try again, open up your heart, let your walls down, reach out to someone, take the initiative to try to get to know other people, and even if you get burned again… get back up and try again and again. Just like it says in this devotional “this life is not meant to be lived alone” and praise the Lord for your family, but we need friendships especially us girls! Praying for you now! That God would strengthen/mend your heart after it’s been hurt and you would begin to form new relationships.

  • Kasey Summers

    Thankful for the body of Christ.

  • What a beautiful reminder of the importance of friendship. Just last night I cried with a woman who I look up to and consider a second Momma. She is hurting from the sudden death of her husband. Through this devotion I am reminded how important it is to pray and encourage my friends. I should be the type of friend to others that I would want myself. Today I am thankful for friendship and the way God speaks to us.

  • Grateful that I am able to think of friends who do this in my life, yet at the same time challenged to do this in their lives as well!!

  • Aisha Gardner

    I needed this.

  • Michelle of LA CA

    I really loved this writing today . It hit home for me ……….. I'm so bless to have friends but so blessed to have Jesus has my most true friend and to have the holy spirit as my BFF to tells me the truth about myself . Scary at times but I need to hear the Spirit's truth .
    Thank you

  • Thank you for your words, Alyssa! Ever since spoken for I love the way you wrap God’s truth into your own words! Since I didn’t take the time to read in Monday I was one day behind the entire week. Now I know why: today I have time. Time to really focus on SRT and to journal my thoughts alongside.
    Alyssa, please keep writing, blogging and sharing His truth. Your way of writing is so honest and peaceful. Thank you!

  • I remember sitting in chapel at BJU in the late 60s hearing a message on this passage. I don't remember much, but the big point to me was this: "You begin to bear one another's burdens by bearing your own." That was not meant to be harsh. In the school context it was a reminder to take care of your own stuff before you rescue everybody else. For example, put your stuff away before going to breakfast so your roommate isn't stuck with seeing your pile of junk all day until you return. You may be out helping the hurting that day, but in the meantime you have put a stumbling block up for your room mate. Many years hence, I sometimes remember to ask myself if I have taken care of my responsibilities before I sign up for more:) When I am faithful where I am, I can freely help another with their burden. That is not to foster a spirit of perfectionism so that we could never do more. It is to make sure we aren't increasing others' burdens unfairly in the name of helping someone else.

  • I pray today that I might not only bear the burdens of others, but that I might freely give to others. That I would allow others to bear my burden as well, because we are not meant to walk through this life alone. I pray that with an open heart I would be able to enter into these types of friendships, free of judgement and pride and fear. I pray that I would be filled with the love of Christ, so that I no longer see friendship as a zero-sum game, but rather an opportunity to pour out my love to others.
    Amen.

    • Dee

      And to do so with gladness…Amen.

    • ang

      AMEN! These words are so timely as I have a dear friend who’s daughter’s marriage is falling apart & my own daughter’s roommate in college is cutting. Such heavy loads, but thankful for the opportunity to help my loved ones carry these things to our precious Heavenly Father who sees & hears our cries!

  • I'm so glad I sat down when I did to read and study this last bit of Galatians. So thankful for the reminder that we don't have to be alone, and also what a beautiful picture of how to love one another! Bear each others' burdens. Amen.

  • exploringchuck

    This study has been so amazing for me. I've learned so much – SO much God-breathed truth from you beautiful women who constantly pour into me. Thank you for all that you do – you are truly making a difference in the lives of women across the world.

  • Carolyn J

    "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." –Romans 15:7.
    We are called to love each other as Jesus loved us – we were NOT called to hate one another. We are called to welcome those we come into contact with, just as Christ welcomed us. THIS is what true Christianity is. How many times are we called to love one another, to bear one another's burdens (Gal 6:2), and to welcome one another. You reap what you sow (Gal 6:7-8) – when you judge others, accuse others, and reject others, the same will come to you – from the world anyway, but never from Jesus. Because rejecting and hating others is NOT the example Jesus gave us. When did Christianity get so twisted around, so much so that Christianity leaves a bad taste for some people because of the ugly actions of some.

    So thankful for this post today and SRT as always. I didn't get a chance to get my study in this morning before the kiddos got up, so I read it quickly earlier at my desk. SO Glad I did.

  • This speaks to my heart. I have been feeling so lonely and isolated lately, without much connection to other women at all. But through this time, God has also been drawing me closer to himself, in part through this wonderful SRT community. Feeling convicted to do my part and reach out more instead of hiding in my insecurities.
    Thank you ladies, for sharing your hearts here.

    • Anon

      I am right there with you! Friendships have cooled off and grown distant and instead of figuring out how I could be of service, I've been waiting for someone to come to me. Now, I understand that it is my turn. This season (even if it lasts for what feels like forever) is my season to share someone else's burden and to shine my light. Great way of putting it – hiding my insecurities.

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for sharing YOUR heart, Sarah! So glad you're in the SRT community.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Danielle A.

    Oh this was a beautiful message. And one that comes at the best times. Sick kids, yep, I need to bear their burdens. And friends too. We’ve had a rough year, it’s true, we’ve never went through it alone.

    Side note, love Alyssa. Her blogs are beautifully written. And she is a doll in her videos with her husband Jefferson. The Bethkes are worth following.

  • I so need to be a better friend.

  • Emma-Leigh

    Wow this was such a great message! I needed to hear this. Having a friend going through some very tough things and I was struggling with direction in how to handle it. Thank you Jesus for always listening to my prayers.

  • Thank you all. Yesterday was painful and I’m sure the days ahead will be even more so. How fitting today’s devotional as that is what my new friends , you guys, who I don’t even know, are doing for me. Thank you. Your prayers are what is getting me through. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for help carrying my burdends.

    • HelenWalksinAwe

      Sending you love and strength, Laura!

    • tina

      Laura, sending you a whole heap of love and hugs…Praying God keep you in His loving arms, comforts you and let's you know he is there when those lonely and unbearably sad moments come… carrying you and giving you strength to face each moment….
      God be with you….xxxxx

  • When Paul talks about harvesting what we plant, I can't help but think of my three little children. I read a piece yesterday that encouraged me to think of my children as my "littlest neighbors." When I read in scripture how I'm to treat my neighbor it puts my vocation of mommy-hood in a whole new light. I'm always ready to look outside my home to assist others. But this morning I am refreshed and renewed, asking for an outpouring of the fruit of the Spirit so that I can build up my closest "neighbors."

  • Jamie Holloway

    “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” -Great reminder that the biblical way of dealing with those in error is teaching, not persecution.

  • Love this lesson today. I feel led to be an encourager so often these days. As a survivor of breast cancer I have been able to use my journey to help others through theirs. To share hope with those who feel so lost in the battle for peace. We CAN have peace in the middle of lifes storms! So thankful for my family and close friends who are MY support and encourages! God has blessed me beyond all I could imagine!

  • God reaches every where I can't hide from him. His arms are big enough to carry your burdens. I believe, we, his church are his arms to others.
    Lord God may I be your arms today to everyone I come in contact with today, from my grandchildren, to the man in from of me in traffic that is having a bad day, to my neighbor. That means each one everywhere. May my answer be Yes Lord YES to your will and to your way.

    What an honor, thank you Jesus. Blessings

  • HelenWalksinAwe

    Today's reading made me think of the importance of empathy in our walk through life. I love the way it not only enriches our relationships and promotes peace, but it also allows us to connect to other people and see them (and their experiences) more the way Christ sees them. Helping carry each other's burdens enhances our capacity for this empathy.

    This part of Romans15:1 I struggle with:
    "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves."

    There are days I feel strong like a bull. Other days, I feel weak and crushable like newly sprouted grass. The problem is twofold for me. When I feel strong, I don't always feel strong enough "to bear with the failings of the weak." Sometimes lifting myself up takes everything I have and it's hard to find more to give. I just don't want to carry anyone else anymore. Other times, I feel weak and need support, but when I say that I just hear things like, "Oh, you're strong. You've got this." What I'm sure is meant to be encouraging often feels dismissive. I know that's coming from me and not from well-meaning friends, but it's a struggle all the same. The balance is hard (this seems to be a theme in my reflections lately). I pray that we can all be more accommodating and understanding of each other's moments of weakness, juggling each other's burdens back and forth as needed.

    On a more encouraging note, the very next verse seems so much more doable to me:
    "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up."
    Something to remember is that when we build up our neighbors, we are building ourselves up, too. In a good way. And when we can help other people be strong, they'll also be better equipped to help us bear our burdens when we are weak. As an added bonus, I find that any time I take the time to build someone else up, it ends up giving me an extra boost of spiritual energy and strength.

    So even if the first verse left me feeling a little overwhelmed, the second part was much more encouraging. I'm so grateful for all of the encouragement and building of that happens on this forum every day. You have all truly become a source of strength for me. Hugs and prayers!

    • Amy J

      I was just thinking, too, that I'm so grateful for this community. It has become a source of strength for me, too.

      Praying, HelenWalksinAwe, for more accommodation and understanding.

  • This is great. Beautiful and timely-I would love to request prayer here. I serve as a Child Advocate, and today I will be appearing in court on behalf of the little human I serve. I pray for strength from the Holy Spirit. I pray to carry the burdens of this sweet child and advocate on his behalf. I pray for future times in court and for all parties involved-I pray to rely on the strength of our loving God so that I am able to bear the burdens of others. Frequently, I want to do this on my own-it can be easier to not rely on others or share at that deep of a level. So I pray that God keep reminding me to step out in faith and pray for His strength and comfort when I do:)

  • So perfect! Thank you for this word of truth today.

  • As I read this, I kept thinking, "Man, this is my lane." I don´t say this to toot my own horn… you´ll see where I´m learning. I´m that friend that texts, writes, or invites people over to encourage or go out of my way to help with something. While journaling today, I listed out some of the people I´ve recently felt really called to bear up in various ways. When I got to the end, I realized one person was glaringly missing… my husband. I noted with the others that I was often able to help with one of the 5 love languages (words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, receiving gifts, or physical touch), but he doesn´t fit neatly into those categories.

    I did realize, however, that I´ve been bearing him up in prayer over a particular discipline in his life silently. Literally not telling him I´ve been praying for this in him, and I´ve been overjoyed to see the Lord slowly, in tiny steps, comments, or conversations answering this prayer.

    While I may consider encouragement and hospitality "my lane", I´m also learning that the Lord makes lanes in all of us that only He can….just to show how powerful He is. "So I will wake and spend my days loving the one who has raised me up…" Thank you Father for your goodness. You give us good gifts, and you also ask us to get out of the way and just be obedient for your glory.

    • HelenWalksinAwe

      Wow! Feeling convicted by this today! I'm huge at making time to send notes and texts and emails and letters to friends and family, but I don't always extend the same thing to my husband. Not unconditionally. I used to do these things for him, but after years of little or no acknowledgment, I have done it less and less. I stopped speaking my love language to him, which hasn't seemed to affect him a whole lot, but it has hurt me. I like your idea of lifting him up in prayer silently. Thanks for sharing that. I think that's something I could definitely do that won't leave me feeling ignored and depleted. Meanwhile, I'll continue seeking the joy in traveling "my lane" of notes and hospitality.

      • MCE

        I think it´d be a good and obedient thing to do! Feeling ignored or unacknowledged is tough for me, too, but this cuts to the root of our heart desires for our husbands– strength in the Lord. I´ve been praying this since February of this year, so dont´think it´ll be quick, but just keep your eyes open and praise Him for His faithfulness.

    • Laura

      Good words!!

  • Wonderful!

  • Greetings from Poland!!

    I met my mom here yesterday and she told my she and her sister ran into an older gentleman whose car had broken down. Everyone was honking at him and he had to get out and push his car. My mom said her first instinct was to get out and help him, but she didn’t. She watched as he pushed his to the side and did nothing. When she told me this story she started crying because she felt so bad for sitting by. I laid my hand on her shoulder and told her that although she didn’t help, the good news is that she was able to feel compassion on such a deep level, and that is the spirit of Christ. I told her that while the easiest thing to do in situations like that is to let someone else step in, the next time if she FOLLOWS what the spirit is telling her, she will get even closer to Him. I asked her what she would pray for him and she said she would ask for him to get home safely. Sisters, this was the FIRST time in my life I’ve had a conversation like that with my mom. I feel the deepest urge to reach out to her and am so grateful to have had the opportunity. It really made her think.

    I am inspired by the passages today; to not only do the right thing for my fellow man, but to be persistent in helping my family grow a deeper relationship with the Lord while I am as well.

    Thank you ladies for being you. Your words of experience, wisdom, and grace consistently speak to my heart and give me daily motivation to strive to be closer to the Lord as well.

    Big hugs!

    • Christy

      Praise God! That is good news!

    • Amy J

      Your story brings joy to my heart, and hope. I'm grateful for insights gained from sisters on SRT, but long for moments like the one you describe. In the flesh.

      Thankful that you shared this moment, Joanna.

  • So thankful for the amazing friends He had given me – who remind me of His truth, love me despite my sin, and help me bear my burdens.

  • Anna Buchanan

    In a place where I am new I long for my people. I miss living in a place where I am surrounded by people who get me and love me fiercely. In this transition I am slowly finding a handful of new people to hold me up and bear my burdens. I pray that the Lord will give me wisdom to see those who need me too. May I know where I too can give. This paragraph really struck me:
    “The thing is, life is hard. Not all the time, for sure. There are so many things to give thanks for and to rejoice in, laugh at, and rest in. But there are days and seasons of life that are just flat-out difficult. Devastating. Heartbreaking. Gut-wrenching. You may feel alone and abandoned, overwhelmed and anxious, fearful, stressed, or heavy-hearted. You may feel hopeless.” Because I feel like this in my first year of teaching many days. I keep reminding myself to let go and let Him carry my burdens.

    • Megan

      Praying for you this morning, Anna. Be on the lookout for something encouraging today – something small to remind you that God sees you and loves you. :-)

    • sarahelisabeth21

      I have been new and in search for community many times, those feelings are all so real! Praying for you today, remember that God will provide :)

    • Sarah

      I share this with you, Anna! I am not in a community where I know tons of people. I pray that you know where to give and lean in. Thank you for sharing!

    • Praying you will find peace there, Anna! Community takes time, but God knows right where you are. Sometimes those lonely places provide opportunities for us to see Him like never before as He fills those voids in our heart. And we begin to see the people He brings into our lives as the the gifts that they truly are, gift straight from Him. A good reminder for all of us! <3

  • After the wonderful SRT devotional series, I have looked at the Old Testament in a new light. Rather than just seeing every character just as a moral story (for example, I need to be brave and selfless like Esther) I was challenged to see how story represents Christ in some way: seeing God’s hand through the pages of HIStory.

    And yet I still so often I read the New Testament epistles as a list of morals: my own “ten top tips on how to be a good girl” I prefer to skip the first few chapters of Galatians and get to the rules, because I do so love a practical guide!!! But a sermon I listened to yesterday has challenged me greatly. It explained that the Word of God is NEVER meant to end at me.

    Jesus is the one who fulfilled perfectly both the Old and New Testament. He fulfilled these commands that I read on this page that I can never perfectly follow. I miss out on the whole point when I read them and then go off with my plan on how to bear more fruit or deny the flesh. Every single page points back us to JESUS. I’m meant to see the One who bore my burden. To realise His Love and care. To be wrapt in awe and wonder and worship when I read these commands that I cannot keep perfectly and know that He did: on my behalf…

    Jesus doesn’t want our self-focused poor attempt at perfection. He longs for relationship.

    Rummaging through scripture for moral tips is like raking for leaves. It’s surface work and it doesn’t run deep to the heart. But searching and hungering and working through Scripture to seek and savour Jesus: now that’s digging for gold.

    Oh Father! Forgive me for raking for leaves when all the treasures of heaven are there, waiting for a seeking heart that longs for you.

    • Kelly_Smith

      Beautifully said!

    • Janny

      Wow! What a great perspective Jess! I hadn’t thought of it like that before- I too am a rule/instruction follower. Thank you for sharing this- I needed it this morning :)

    • Candacejo

      Yes!! "Jesus doesn't want our self-focused poor attempt at perfection. He longs for relationship." And then I love your last line about raking for leaves. Beautiful thoughts today. ♥

    • Joanna

      Wow, this is just wonderful!

    • Christy

      Amen!!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Amen!!

    • shereadstruth

      Jess,

      Yes, yes, yes and amen. Goodness, thank you for sharing this encouragement today. Grateful for what God's teaching you through the Old Testament and for your willingness to share it with us! Happy Friday, sweet friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Anon

      Great, great comment! Thank you!

    • Sarabeth

      Love the raking leaves analogy. Wonderfully said.

  • carlybenson

    I totally agree with all of this but it can also be exhausting to bear someone else's burdens, especially when it goes on for so long and there's little sign of things improving. I am so tired from waiting, praying, encouraging, listening and trying to remain hopeful. I'm encouraged by v9-"let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." At the same time, I am tired and so need God's strength to help me keep doing this.

    • Sunny

      This is such an important topic. Share another's burden? Yes. Remove it from their shoulders completely? Short time, maybe. But mostly just share. That way the suffering person knows they are not alone. Going codependent doesn't help either person. Balance. Pray. Pray.

      • HelenWalksinAwe

        Sunny, thanks for pointing this out. As a fixer, sometimes I want to just carry and solve and wipe away. You're absolutely right that sharing is more important that carrying.

    • Brittney

      Oh Carly, I am with you there sister! My dad is a drug addict, of my 3 other siblings, I am the only one who currently has a relationship with him. We are in about the 13th year (I think, lost count) of this ongoing battle. But what helps me keep holding on to him is well 2 things. 1) I stopped having expectations. If my dad says something & doesn’t follow through well then that’s fine. It doesn’t mean I don’t believe he can, because in my heart I do, it’s just that I have accepted there are two possible outcomes. The 2nd is (& I’ll be honest, as I’m writing & reflecting now I’m only just now realizing this) when I start to grow tired or frustrated with my dad, God seems to always bring us a good day. Whether it’s a good conversation, or he shares a story how he knows what happened that day was truly God’s work, or maybe it’s just a text from my dad saying I love you, even a nudge from God telling me to tell my dad I love him. Perhaps I stumble on a photo of my childhood when my dad was drug free to remind me, it’s in him to get better but it’s on him! It’s not my job, my job is to just be there for him. I’ve learned to let go of his burdens, his mistakes, his fears, Those things are between him & God. Not my dad & I. Of course I still have moments were I worry, he’s my dad. I hope this helps even a little bit. I’m praying for you.

      • HelenWalksinAwe

        That good day bad day thing happens to me in a difficult relationship in my life. I vacillate between being grateful for the good days and being even more frustrated by the roller-coaster aspect of it. Any tips for dealing with that?

        • Brittney

          Honestly, therapy has helped me a lot. I’ve somehow, by God’s grace, learned to just let it go. My dad’s life’s decisions do not get to dictate my life. No one can steal my joy. My joy is a gift from God. I know that’s not a very concrete answer but I hope that helps. <3

          • Brittney

            Oh & be grateful for the good days, but don’t lose sight of the reality.

      • Amy J

        Appreciate so much your share, Brittney.

    • Joy Keeler

      Praying for you now!

    • tina

      Carly, I am blessed to be in the hospitality industry….and through it I cook for the homeless, needy, and disadvantaged in my town…I have shared this before, and maybe you have heard it….a while back there was a young lady who was so demanding, rude, and just the sort of person I would not have time or give the time of day to, when she came up for food I would wAlk away and ask someone else to take care of her….and I still called myself a Christian…shame on me…to cut a long story short this went on for about 6 months, until I was convicted that she could only change if I changed my attitude towards her…so, armed with a whole heap of apprehension, I looked her straight in the eye, whilst serving her, and said good morning, how are you….the response was amazing…she now calls me her best friend….it took a while, but nothing worth while is….and what an honour to be called a best friend….
      Love to you dearest heart and thank you for the reminder of God's faithfulness to us….through love…xx

  • Kasey Ashabranner

    God is so good. It’s like the way we are with our own children. We enjoy it when our kids are helping each other and love each other. God as our father is the same way. Never thought of it like that before. So awesome to receive that revelation.

  • This is the word of God right here…in a language we understand….Thank you Alyssa…..

    Amen….

    Walking free, in this gift of life…to love, to give, and to share in others burdens…..

    Thank you Lord God for the gift of life, the gift of a new day, the air we breathe…..Lord, as we go through today, and the days to come, May we be reminded of who we are in YOU…whom we are called to be for YOU, …Fill us Lord God, full to overflowing…,.to go out in love, to give in love, and to share and hold up our brothers, sister's and friends, in love….help us to bear one another's burdens, by your Grace, and with a heart of Love….
    Lord, thank you for the next 'man' that comes into our life, and the next and the next and so on, thank you that you would entrust us to walk alongside them…..May we Lord God, do what is asked of us, and not be afraid….after all, if you are for us Lord, WHO can be against us…Thank you for this reminder Dear Lord, thank you that you love us enough to trust us enough to give us these tasks, for your glory…
    Thank you for the gift of friendship…and relationship…and your ever present love and hope to spur us on….Thank you Lord God…Thank you…in the most mightiest of names, on which every knee will bow, Jesus, ..Amen…x xxx

    SIsters, I have not been around much this time, but rest assured I have been here, in spirit and quietly….just to say, Thank you for you, and your ever present love and example of…bearing one another's burdens…you are as stable to me as my morning cup of earl grey tea….and a blessing each day….Thank you….

    Praying the Lord turn His face to shine on you, bless you and yours, and may He provide all you need, and give you peace….Big hugs to all…xxxx

    • Dana

      Lovely! Thank you : )

    • Carol

      Beautiful prayer, Tina. Have a blessed day.

    • Ingrid

      Thank you!

    • Candacejo

      ♥♥♥

    • Joanna

      Amazing. I read this out loud and it touched my heart.

    • MNmomma (heather)

      What a beautiful prayer to start off my day….thank you sweet Tina. Thank you for being a blessing to my day…. half a world away….May you be blessed today – love and hugs to you!!! I'm going to print this prayer out to add to my prayer journal – it touched me so deeply!

  • Courtney

    Amen.

    • Alexis C.

      I agree, Courtney. The Word says and Alyssa said it so well that–Amen is enough. Trying to stay in the Spirit not the flesh.

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