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Lyli Dunbar enjoys karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading 12 books at a time. A writer, speaker, and mentor, her burning passion is to know Jesus and to make Him known. Join her at lylidunbar.com to find fuel for a...

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  1. What truth about the seasons of life! Thank you for sharing about friendship in all seasons of life. As we remember that there is a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” may we demonstrate His love to each other.

    • Thanks, Linda! I am so thankful to have sisters who pray, pray, pray when I need it most. I probably should have shared in this post that God has done a miracle in this family through the prayers of the saints — we are seeing God’s healing hand daily in the life of my sweet friend’s husband.

  2. So very true. I vividly remember the people who supported my dad and I during our hard season of life – when my mom died of Lupus. I was only 7 years old but I remember those that took an extra step just to let us know they care. So powerful. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    • Thanks, Brittnie. I just hopped over to your blog and learned that you are in a amazing season of new life — CONGRATULATIONS! Praying now for your little one on the way. 🙂

  3. Amen. I was just reading John 15:8-11 and looking carefully at the word “abide” as I considered the love of Jesus. He abides with us and we are to abide with Him…and when we do then part of that beautiful abiding and obedience is used to keep abiding in the faith with one another. God is so into recycling!

  4. Thanks, Brittnie. I just hopped over to your blog and learned that you are in a amazing season of new life — CONGRATULATIONS! Praying now for your little one on the way. 🙂

  5. Your post has reminded me of a song I’ve been singing during this season of my life. A song that says, “in EVERY season, He (God) is still God and I have a reason to worship.” No matter what season of life we find ourselves in, God is in control of it all and I wouldn’t want to be where God isn’t leading the way. With every season, we gain new friends, new hopes, a greater faith and incomprehensible peace and strength that can only come from a relationship with our Lord and Savior. I really don’t know how people do life without our awesome Counselor, Prince of Peace, and Mighty God. Moreover, the beautiful thing about Seasons IS that they change. Kudos on your blog Lily! You have no idea how much I needed to be reminded of the power of God, His mercy towards us, and his unfailing love. Thank you for sharing and encouraging me today.

  6. The sentence “Joy and sorrow mixed during that night of prayer, and we walked out in hope” reminded us of a story David Jeremiah told on the radio many years ago about the night he shared with his wife that he had canceer. He said her reply was, “Life is full of many choices and I choose hope.” As we travel this life on our way to heaven we have often responded to life’s difficulties, “We choose hope.” Your article encourages us to remain faithful in giving praise to the God of Hope and the Hope of Glory! What a glorious sight and reunion that will be!

  7. I am thankful for a loving and forgiving God.
    I am thankful for being a live.
    I am thankful for my husband.
    I am thankful that God has blessed me with wonderful children.
    I am thankful for friends and family.
    I am thankful for my church..
    I am thankful for my work
    I am thankful a roof over My head..
    I love you Jesús. I give all the thanks and Glory to Jesús Christ..

  8. Great reminder, Lyli! And with today’s technology, it is so easy to be an encourager. Passing on encouragement comes back one hundred fold as we take our eyes off self and our circumstances and focus them on others. Even one or two word phrases or something as simple as a hug, a smile, or putting a hand on a shoulder can speak volumes. We never know the impact a little thought can have on someone’s life!

  9. Thank you for an encouraging thought today, Lyli. Aren’t you glad for the truth that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever? I’m so thankful for the ministry of people throughout my life who have reached out to me with love, prayed privately, and most of all encouraged me to go to THE one who I need. His WORD remains what/who I need to hang on to and to ultimately obey, by his grace, no matter what I happen to feel like or what it seem like is going “right” or “wrong” in my life. I’m still rejoicing in one of your favorite truths, Philippians 1:6, because I need to know that HE will perform it! Keep looking up! With love, Rachel

  10. Great Blog, Lyli. I do miss getting to chat and laugh with you as we did in college. I hope you have a great day and a wonderful Christmas…tell Bruce hi too. 🙂