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The Power of Fellowship

It’s the strangest thing. The older I get the more organized I become. For instance, shortly after I turned forty, I started carrying a pocket notebook–filled with checklists and thoughts for each day.

My latest set of jotters (shout out to my friends in the UK) features inspirational phrases on every cover. The one for December reads, “You’ve got this.” I kept looking at this little pick-me-up and thinking, “That doesn’t sound quite right.” So, I edited.๐Ÿ˜‡

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward of their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)

Like it or not, Christianity is not a go-it-alone religion. We NEED fellowship with God AND each other to thrive. Otherwise, it’s easier for the enemy of our souls (and his many buddies) to attack us one by one.

Kind reader, if you’re out of synch with others in the Body of Christ, please prayerfully seek reconciliation today.

๐ŸŽถ Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above๐ŸŽถ

๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love.

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Not So Good to the Last Drop

It’s been a plumber’s paradise at my house these past two weeks. We have extremely hard water and our third water heater–in 18 years–was on it’s last leg. Rather than have another one fill up with mineral deposits (sixty second shower, anyone?), we decided to invest in a water softener.

Two guys came and installed a new water heater and softener at the same time. It was an all day job, but once the system came online the results were almost immediate. Oh, the soap suds!๐Ÿงผ And no more crusty faucets or spotty dishes.

But, a week later, we made a frightful discovery. The carpet in the back hallway, near where they tapped in to the main water line, was soaking wet. Two closet clean outs later, I removed an access panel and found the problem. One of the fittings the plumbers installed was leaking at a steady drip, drip.

Inside the closet wall where the leak started.

People who tell you it’s hard to get a plumber on the weekend are NOT joking. I called at 7 am and he showed up at 7 pm. Yes, 12 hours later.๐Ÿ˜ฌ It turned out to be a relatively easy fix, but the damage was already done.


It’s amazing how our little plumbing problem resembles life in general. A steady drip starts, from a hidden location, and soon everything is soaked. By the time we realize what’s going on, the damage is done.

The parallel between unseen water leaks and unconfessed sin is a good one.

Also keep back your servant from presumptuous sins, let them not rule over me.

Psalm 19:13 (NASB)

Like me, do you sometimes assume that all is well–between you and God–without actually checking in?

Kind reader, when life springs a leak, there’s a “Heavenly Plumber” available 24/7. And He won’t take half a day to show up.

๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love.

First photo by Anu0131l Karakaya on Pexels.com


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Strong at the Broken Places

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Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t do this any more?” That was me this week. A few of the young children in my music classes were acting out majorly. Screaming, throwing themselves on the floor, and trying to leave the room, I’ve seen this all before. But it seemed worse than ever.

I went home that day dejected. “Lord, I feel like I don’t have anything left to give,” I told Him in the car going home. Of course, the Holy Spirit answered with a couple of my favorite scriptures.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you familiar with the Japanese art of Kinsugi? It’s the practice of repairing broken pottery with resin and gold. The damaged places aren’t hidden, but actually accentuated.

Photo by Riho Kitagawa on Unsplash

Kind reader, the reality is clear: more often than not, personal trauma leads to positive growth. If we let Him, God will be the “golden glue” that holds our lives together–even when we feel like we can’t go on.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

Ernest Hemingway

๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love.