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Your personal relationship with Jesus: Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts… Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Divine Note #11 – March 16, 2009

The verse continues, For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes was written by King Soloman, David’s son, who should have been enjoying the peaceful security and prosperity of the throne that David left. However, the theme of Ecclesiastes is that life is meaningless when you try to be happy outside of God’s will.

As I prayed about the message of this note, it became clear to me that we need to build each other up and help each other live in God’s will. The theme kept repeating itself this week as I coped with healing that has to happen in my life. I reached out to those closest to me for help. I got Godly guidance and compassionate understanding. As I sat in class, I was inspired by those of you who shared your stories about your journey to spiritual maturity. Pastor Paul’s sermon about being radically committed to loving each other just as Christ loved us really hit home with me.

But the defining moment happened as I greeted a long-time church member (I didn’t know her) at the Welcome Center. She wanted to be connected to our new caring ministry, so she signed up to deliver food. She attends services but not Sunday school. As I asked questions, she confided that she has never felt connected to the church and that she wasn’t comfortable praying. How many of us feel that sense of not belonging even if we belong? I invited her to our informal 9:30 a.m. prayer class and told her she would love the ladies in our WOW class.

As I write this message, it’s clear that I have to be thankful for my circle of angel friends for making me feel like I belong in their lives. GG, Rosie, Karen, Sharon, Raghida, Patty and Angela are true friends whom I will always be connected to and who know my heart. I also love all of the Women of the Word who have the distinction of being directly responsible for helping me step out to serve Jesus; and I can’t imagine my life if Roxanne hadn’t stepped out in faith to lead our class boldly!

The message for this week is clear and articulated so well by my spiritual pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley: God never calls his children to “go it alone” in their walk with Him. We need each other, not only to receive help and encouragement, but to give it as well. You must step out and share your gifts freely with those around you. Many people, including people at church, work, school and in your neighborhood are suffering in silent desperation. Share your own story; invite them to church and watch God work. You don’t have to do God’s work - just open the door and He will handle the rest!

Have a week full of big God hugs! :)
Love,
Blanca

P.S.
It’s spring break and I’m planning to enjoy great worship music at KSBJ’s brown bag concert on Wednesday at noon at the Chick Fil A on Westheimer and Kirkwood featuring Michael W. Smith. That same evening I’ll be worshiping at Lakewood at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. meet me at the Hinson Chapel as Pastor Paul takes us through four segments of focused prayer. You will be blessed by any of these opportunities to worship our Lord.

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