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Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking...

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  1. Liz,
    This was a “just at the right time” post for me. I went to bed angry and woke up with this same sense of wanting to be right. Many times I have put wanting to be right above all else and I always end up with the same disastrous results. Can you say slow learner? This morning I am going to put being kind, loving, and forgiving before being right and see how the day goes. Thank you for being God’s lovely messenger, just in the nick of time!! Loved this post!!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev, I wanted to be sure that you saw my response to you yesterday at Jennifer Dukes Lee’s post at In-Courage. I wrote to you there later in the day. God bless you!
      Lynn

    • I’m a slow learner too, Bev. Totally get the need to be right (sigh). Praying God gives you lots of ways to encourage others today, so that you see Him at work and rejoice in how He is using you!

  2. Liz, when we first meet Jesus, it’s just so wonderful to have a personal relationship with Him that we forget that we are to share Him with other persons! I’ve been guilty of that. Thank you for such a practical post that actually shows us *how* to share the love of Christ with a world who needs Him. I really want to try.
    Bless you,
    Lynn

  3. Liz, how can we post this to America? With the deaths, the unrest, and the tearing down of our believes these past few weeks, we need a positive reminder to be Christ-like everyday, not for a few hours on Sunday. You have listed positive steps to follow to treat people with kindness. Let’s go back to the golden rule: treat people the way you want to be treated. Bless you.

  4. Thank you Liz! I’ve been talking with the grandkids about putting others’ needs before our own. I think I’ll read this post to them! You are always a blessing 🙂

  5. Thank you, Liz, for the roundup of ways we can bless others, and in so doing, forget about ourselves and our desires. We can honor others with our praise for jobs well done, create harmony in our relationships by holding back criticism, make allowances for personality differences and preferences, encourage each other with supportive comments, and spur one another on with gratitude. (Acknowledgement is a strong motivator!) You are so right: our homes and churches would be transformed by such attitudes and actions. And think of the ripple effect impact upon neighbors, communities, and the world! God help us to be His hands and voice of love to those around us. (And God bless Liz, for being an inspiration!)

  6. Lovely, Liz. Why have I never considered the hole in the bottom of my human clay pot? Great connection with the water flowing through us, not just to us. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. Liz,
    This was awesome! First of all, the line about singing in the key of me-me-me? Profound and spot on! What a powerful way to remember it’s not all about us. Loved this post!

  8. Thank you. I needed to read this. I have not been speaking to my mom and sister for about two months because I thought I was right and didn’t want to swallow my pride and consider their side of things. I am slowly realizing that it doesn’t really matter who’s right, all God requires of us is to forgive and love one another.

  9. Liz,
    Lately I have been “thinking” of criticizing my hubby for some faults. But quickly I hear “a soft answer turns away wrath”. So I pray to keep my mouth shut and say things in a nice way. Never really thought about myself as a pot with a hole to pour out God’s love. Great analogy!!
    My God given talent is encouragement so I naturally bend in that direction. In that sense I pray to accept people and that God will help them with whatever problem they are having. I also send cards, letters, etc. to let the world know how I feel and that God loves them!
    Blessings 🙂

  10. This my morning devotion today. But, i need to read this daily. Thank you.for sharing this! its summer break.with the kids and i havent been nice with my words. Im going to write this on post its and putting it through out our home. Its a very helpful reminder. Thank you.Lord for giving us a brand new day. Anyone that you place in our path today, let us reflect your love to them, being kind, gentle and love them. Thank you for loving us, giving us grace dily, forgiving is, and or our beating heart. Amen

  11. I’ve recently discovered, through my God, that it’s not about being wrong/right, but about accepting the other person and understanding that this is just who he is. These past months have been much more peaceful and we’ve had fewer arguments. Thank you Jesus!

  12. This is beautiful, Liz! I have been so blessed and encouraged! I will keep this message close by, in plain sight, as a reminder (how quickly the quiet, simple truths can get crowded out of our thoughts by so much of the loudness in today’s world)! Thank you for sharing! ♥

  13. Thank you for this message. I am used to keeping to myself and if I can’t say something nice I don’t say anything. It is good to learn that the love of Jesus must flow through me to others especially in the household of God

  14. Oh Liz, Thank you for this. The scripture verses that support encouragement and togetherness are priceless.