Hello, sweet friend!
A handful of years ago, Michele reached out to me through a community for Christian writers. We met for coffee and God did what God does, igniting a special Sista Sis friendship. Recently, I was honored to guest post on her blog, www.micheleoleary.com, and wanted share here, along with a pause point, a song, a prayer, and my YUM idea of a summer “recipe”!
Be sure to pop over to Michele’s blog, www.micheleoleary.com, and check out her ministry too. Her heart for Jesus will bring big joy to yours! XOXO
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 NLT
I was paused in soul deep pandemic perplexity.
Ditto my routine.
So, the hubs and I decided to lace up our brand new old Nikes and get some fresh air.
Yet, what began as “we can’t go anywhere, so we might as well take a walk” transformed into an unexpected lesson in one another love.
It all began in our neighborhood, the one we’ve lived in for 30 years. Three-zero. We thought we knew our neighbors. I mean, come on, who doesn’t know their neighbors?
That would be us.
But, this time, instead of racing our pace as we passed, we slowed down and looked into their eyes.
We really saw them.
Oh, how love loves to linger.
And, each time, the fences between our yards and our self-sufficient became invisible, intersecting the wonder of what’s happening in the world with the comfort of we’re all in this together.
It was really cool.
Eventually, those nearby conversations invited roaming explorations.
We expanded our adventures to ”The Wilderness Road”, our nickname for a tree-laden path hidden in plain sight and moments away from everything.
And, filled with just about everyone.
All along the way, the unspoken of keeping a social distance was strong.
Yet, the camaraderie of not-for-long strangers was even stronger.
Glances turned into smiles. Smiles turned into waves. Waves turned into weather talk.
Of course, we knew it wasn’t really about the forecast.
It was about finding our familiar in a sea of uncertainty.
It was joyful.
It was hopeful.
It was love.
Lo and behold,
on dirt paths and bike trails
in back yards and on front porches
amidst blooming flowers and singing birds
where kids were laughing
families were passing
hands were being held
a bunch of strangers
who looked nothing alike
We had each other.
Love is contagious, dear one, because Jesus is near.
When I connected more with others, I felt a closer bond with Him.
Not a coincidence.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34 NLT
I am not the same ole same ole routine girl I used to be.
Man, I’m grateful for that.
during one of the most isolated times in the world
I spent time with my Savior in a whole new way.
In doing so, I embraced one another love like never before.
Long overdue and perfectly on time.
So, where was Jesus when the world went haywire?
He was smack dab in the middle of it
shining His light
showing His love
inviting us, Lovely
to do the same. XOXO
Pause point – How can you live one another love today?
Prayer – Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for loving us like you do. Radiate your love through us to others, so that all they see is You, so that all they see is Love. Amen.
Song – There was Jesus/Zach Williams & Dolly Parton
This song became my anthem before the pandemic and continues to be a beautiful reminder of His love.
Recipe – It’s summer, sister, and who wants to cook? For this Chick-fil-A chick, there’s nothing better than an extra-thick peach shake, an order of waffle fries, and a (giant) handful of CFA sauce! Go Girl go! I’ll meet you there!
Spread your joy,