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Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her most recent books are Breathing Through Grief and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Dorina- I was very moved by your words. Thank you for sharing these with us today. I love the bridge analagoy and will think about how I can become a bridge in many areas of my life. Hugs to you! D

    • Deana, Thank you for taking time to read and think more deeply about bridge-building in your life! I pray God will lead you in the different areas of your life where He has a purpose for you!

  2. Dorina, I love how you pointed out that there are multiple parts to building a secure and lasting bridge — not every one looks the same or serves the same function, but all are needed. Essential. Praying today that God will continue to impress upon our hearts what role He designed for each of us. May bridging the divide start with us.

    • Yes, I love the way God created us with diverse personalities, talents, and cultures, which are all meant to contribute to His Kingdom. May we continue to look for ways together to build the foundation and lift up the most vulnerable. I appreciate your heart!

  3. We are all little bridge builders in the world of God. Especially if saved. We don’t think it a time. But if we can see our Brother or Sister in Christ sad or struggling to cope. We can be that bride builder for them by listing to them if they know they can trust you. With their problems. You can if God is saying to you go to that person be a bridge builder and build friends with them. Just sit by sitting and listening to them. All they might need is for you to be a friend to them. Help them with a problem they have. If you can’t help them. You might know someone who can send them to get the right help. They will thank you for that. If ready to get the help they need. Another way you could be a bridge builder is by helping them build the bridges they have knocked down in their life that they think they can’t pick up and do again. It might be something simple as them feeling like they have feel they are not good enough. You telling yes you are good enough. God word says it. You telling them they are a Daughter of the king. Or they feel they have hurt someone and when you hear their story. It is not as bad as they fell it is. They can go with your help to the person they feel they hurt with a little prayer before hand and say to the person. I hope I didn’t hurt you in anyway with my words. You being that friend and giving them the strength to do that. You have helped them build the bridges they thought they could not build with that friend ever again. Because they thought hurt them with their words. All long they hadn’t. That is being a bridge builder and listening to God. Plus the person you are helping will thank you for help them as they will be glad you did. They will be able to smile again. So will you to see the person happy again. My friend was bridge builder for me in the past. As I once thought I hurt someone. She helped me go them. They said Dawn no you didn’t. You just got your words mixed up. But if my other friend had not been the bridge builder made me go my friend I thought I hurt with my words. I would have been afraid to talk her again. My other friend I am so glad she made me go say I hope my words didn’t hurt you I didn’t mean them they came out wrong. My friend then said Dawn I knew that. I passed no remarks. I was so pleased. She gave he big hug said Dawn we will always be friends. I was relieved. I told my other friend my friend said she pass no remarks on my words. My other friend said see your glad now you went to her and said I hope my words didn’t hurt you. Now you feel better. My friend was a real bridge builder. Thank for todays reading. Love it Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

  4. Dorina,
    What a beautiful message that you have relayed to us. Thank-you for the reminder of how we are all to be kind, caring, loving, and tender hearted to everyone in order for there to be any healing. The bridge also reminds me of the song by Simon and Garfunkle,”:Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water.”Without bridges we could not get to certain destinies safely, so perhaps by being a bridge we might also be providing those in need with safety.
    Blessings to all,

  5. Dorina,

    We can all be bridge builders if we would use our God given talents to help others. All it takes is a little kindness, courtesy & caring. Jesus gave up the splendor of Heaven to come to broken Earth & be our bridge builder. Being Christians we should do likewise. Give of your time, talents & money to assist others. Take the time to hear-really hear another’s story. It is time to tear down the walls of injustice & prejudice. This country is in dire need of God’s healing touch. We can be that touch. Praying that God’s wondrous love will compel us to serve & sacrifice for others so their story can be told. May we all work at being bridge builders & healers.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. I’m praying for opportunities for all of us to be bridge-builders–with neighbors, casual contacts in our communities, online, as well as with those we have frequent contact. The ministry of reconciliation, bringing others back to Jesus, is a privilege that God allows us to participate in with Him, and the outcome can be nothing short of glorious. Help us, Lord, to choose the challenge of bridge-building!

  7. Thought provoking post. The illustration of bridge building, connection, and Christ as our perfect bridge spanning the divide to provide for our greatest need gives a picture of hope. Thank you.

  8. Thank you for this easily read analogy. Lately I have been afraid to cross these bridges and step into hard discussions. I don’t like conflict so I take a u-turn or a different route. Your words encourage me to let go of fear and go ahead and take steps across the bridge, even with friends I have known for a very long time. Crossing a bridge is risky but the only way to get to the other side.