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Titus and Philemon – Week 47 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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Week 47 - Titus, Philemon

The Big Picture of Titus:

This three chapter letter was written by Paul to Titus as an encouragement to him. Paul wanted to offer some insights into the opposition that Titus was facing. This was likely written about AD 66 and in it we see some guidelines to help Titus in finding leaders in the church and how to teach quality doctrine no matter what others around him were saying.

The Big Picture of Philemon:

This letter from Paul to Philemon is short but fascinating. Onesimus was Philemon’s slave and at some point along the way had stolen from Philemon and ran away. Later Onesimus met Paul and became a Christian. This letter is a personal plea from Paul on behalf of Onesimus to welcome him back and treat him as a brother rather than a slave. Paul even offers to pay any debt that Onesimus might have owed to Philemon.

Incarnation in Titus:

One key theme we see in the book of Titus is the incarnation, which is the concept of Christ coming to earth to live among us. Titus 1:1-4, 2:11-14, and 3:4-7 all show that Christ coming as God in the flesh at a specific time in history is an crucial part of our faith. The section in chapter two shows that salvation comes through Christ and chapter three echos this adding that this was not because of anything we have done but because of God’s mercy and grace. The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in 3:5.

God’s Personal Nature in Philemon:

There are a lot of cool themes in this tiny book, but I once read about how its inclusion is a reminder of God’s personal nature, that he cares about each individual person. I love this reminder. He cares about ME! He cares about YOU! Here’s how Chuck Swindoll said it in a summary on the book:

“The letter to Philemon reminds us that God’s revelation to humanity is intensely personal. In more formal biblical works such as the Gospels or the epistle to the Romans or even Paul’s letters to churches at Philippi or Colossae, it might be easy to get the impression that God does not care or have time for the trials and tribulations in a single household. Philemon stands as one piece of strong evidence to the contrary, revealing that lofty doctrines such as the love of God, forgiveness in Christ, or the inherent dignity of humanity have real and pertinent impact in everyday life.

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

Titus

  • I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.” (Titus 1:2b-3)
    REFLECTION: Some people spend time wondering if they have eternal life. Here we see we can be confident in this gift God had in store from before the world began. What makes you confident to trust this promise?
  • He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” (Titus 2:14)
    REFLECTION: Where do you need to live in Christ’s freedom right now?
  • “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…”
    REFLECTION: In what ways do you ever try to earn God’s salvation that he offered as a free gift?

Philemon

  • “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints…” (Philemon 1:4-5)
    REFLECTION: In this Thanksgiving week, who is someone you are thankful for? Who around you has deep love and faith and how can you show them your gratitude this week?
  • “.. though I am bold enough in Christ to command you…. yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you…” (Philemon 1:8-9)
    REFLECTION: Think about your job, your family, your relationships… where is a place where you have authority and could “command” obedience but might get a better response to appeal for love’s sake?

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

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1 & 2 Timothy – Week 46 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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Week 46 - 1, 2 Timothy

The Big Picture of 1 and 2 Timothy:

Where the last two books were written by Paul and Timothy (and Silas) together, these  next two we’ll explore are written from Paul directly to Timothy. Many of the books in the New Testament were letters from church leaders to the churches but we get a bit more personal in this one as Paul talks about Timothy as his son. These letters are the encouragement and advice Paul longs to pass along to Timothy as he leads in his ministry.

1 Timothy outlines various instructions Paul has that he prays would help Timothy “fight well in the Lord’s battle”. These begin in chapter 2 and continue through the rest of the book. The first letter is guessed to be sent around AD 62-66. The second letter to Timothy was sent around AD 67-68 from Rome as he awaited execution. In this letter, he called Timothy to be bold and courageous in his work, to not be afraid of what could happen, but continue faithfully in the ministry no matter what. He also asks a few times for Timothy to come visit him before he is executed.

Instructions from 1 and 2 Timothy:

Most of these two letters are instructions from Paul to Timothy. Here are some of the those words of advice and encouragement:

  • Pray! (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
  • Worship freely (1 Timothy 2:8)
  • Pick leaders wisely (1 Timothy 3)
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit above all (1 Timothy 4:1-5, 2 Timothy 1:14)
  • Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter (1 Timothy 4:6-10, 2 Timothy 2:16)
  • Teach truth (1 Timothy 4:10-13, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2:19, 3:1-10, 14-17, 4:2)
  • Let your life match your teaching (1 Timothy 5)
  • Don’t take sides (1 Timothy 5:19-22)
  • Be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
  • Run from evil and pursue righteousness (1 Timothy 6:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:22-24)
  • Trust God to experience true life (1 Timothy 6:17-19, 2 Timothy 1:12)
  • Don’t be afraid (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • Be strong and endure suffering (1 Timothy 6:12-14, 2 Timothy 2:1-14, 4:5)
  • Live confidently in your calling (1 Timothy 1:12, 4:12, 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 2:15)

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

1 Timothy

  • “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’–an I am the worst of them all. But God has mercy on my so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience even with the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:15-16)
    REFLECTION: Who in your life (including perhaps yourself!) could use a bit more of our patience when it comes to being sinners in need of a Savior?
  • “In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (1 Timothy 2:8)
    REFLECTION: What keeps you from worshiping freely?
  • “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)
    REFLECTION: What does it look like for you to hold tightly to our eternal life to which God has called us? How can you consciously do that this week?

2 Timothy

  • “For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
    REFLECTION: In which current life situations is it easiest for you to forget this truth right now? How might you be able to remind yourself of the power, love, and self-discipline that are inside you by God’s grace and spirit?
  • “Preach the word. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
    REFLECTION: How could you prepare yourself this week to be able to correct, rebuke, or encourage your people with good teaching?

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

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1 & 2 Thessalonians – Week 45 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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The Big Picture of 1 and 2 Thessalonians:

These two books were written by Paul, Silas (also known as Silvanus), and Timothy to the church in Thessalonica.

1 Thessalonians was likely one of the first letters sent by Paul (and his team) to various churches sometime around A.D. 50-51. It’s a letter mainly of encouragement. They had shared the good news about Jesus with the people of Thessalonica but were concerned that maybe hard times would have pushed them away from the faith. That wasn’t the case and Paul’s team was excited to see them standing firm in their faith and wanted to encourage them in that.

2 Thessalonians was sent a while later and echoes the charge to stand firm in the face of persecutions. They also clarify some things that were causing questions from the first letter, ask for prayers, and outline a picture of what living as a follower looks like.

Death and the End Times in Thessalonians:

Both of these books, though small, actually talk a lot about what happens after death and Jesus’ return. It was a key theme in the second letter as the people were concerned Jesus had already come back and they missed it. They also were becoming idle in their work since they didn’t see a point if Jesus was coming back for them soon. Here are some truths we learn about Jesus’ return from these two letters:

  • We have hope when we grieve. (1 Thessalonians 4:13) This doesn’t mean we don’t grieve but we have hope in it because…
  • Jesus died and was raised to life; the same will be true for believers who die (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
  • When Christ comes back, we can’t miss it, it’ll be loud! (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • Jesus himself will come back. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • Both those who have died already and those believers still alive will be taken to heaven together (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  • The news about the end times is GOOD news, worth encouraging each other with, not something to dread (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11)
  • We cannot anticipate this return; it will happen unexpectedly (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
  • The day of Jesus’ return will be one of praise from those who believe (2 Thessalonians 1:10)
  • There will be people who will claim they are god before Jesus comes again (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • Jesus wins! Satan and all who follow him will be destroyed forever (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

1 Thessalonians

  • “As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
    REFLECTION: Who do you know that fits these three characteristics of faithful work, loving deeds, and/or enduring hope. Take some time today to thank them and encourage them!
  • “… We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. …” (1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)
    REFLECTION: In what current troubles do you need strength and encouragement in order to not be shaken? Ask God to send people to stand alongside you in the midst of them.
  • “Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
    REFLECTION: How might you live out one or more of these commands this week?

2 Thessalonians

  • “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
    REFLECTION: What is your faith prompting you to do right now? How can you depend on God’s strength and power in order to accomplish it and live a life worthy of His call?
  • “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situations. The Lord be with you all.”
    REFLECTION: Where do you need to depend on the Lord of peace to live in peace this week?

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

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Colossians – Week 44 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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Week 44 Colossians

The Big Picture of Colossians:

Colossians is another book by Paul likely written while in prison in Rome. The purpose of this letter was to encourage the church in Colossae to stand firm against false teachers that were rising up around them. He raises up Christ as the only leader to follow after and imparts them to stay close to Him. There were many around trying to deceive them with empty philosophies and get them to follow after the things of the world. Paul reminds the church that in Christ they are made new and can live a new, free life.

Issues and Themes Discussed in Colossians:

  • Christ’s as God
  • Legalism
  • Suffering
  • Life in Christ
  • Putting off old behavior and taking up new behavior by Spirit
  • Family relationships

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

  • “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Colossians 1:28-29
    REFLECTION: Where do you need Christ to work his energy powerfully within you this week to proclaim Him?
  • “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”  Colossians 2:6-7
    REFLECTION: How has your life changed since you first knew Jesus as Lord? What do you roots look like? How does your ‘walk’ reflect your connection to Christ?
  • “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16
    REFLECTION: What is a way you can connect with others as you dwell on Christ’s Word this week?

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

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Philippians – Week 43 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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Week 42 - Philippians

The Big Picture of Philippians:

If grace seemed to be the theme last week in Ephesians, joy and thanksgiving seem to be the theme for Philippians. There are at least 15 specific references to the topic of joy (maybe more depending on your translation) in these 4 short chapters. Paul was thanking the church at Philippi for their partnership in the work he was doing and encouraged them to continue serving and sharing Christ. It is likely that Paul wrote this letter while He was in prison in Rome around AD 60.

Things we learn about joy from Philippians:

  • God brings joy when we work together well (1:3-5, 2:2)
  • When Christ is shared it is cause for joy and celebration (1:18)
  • True joy comes from God alone (3:1, 4:4)
  • Joy is not dependent on circumstances (1:12-18, 2:17-18, 4:11)

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

  • “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14
    REFLECTION: What is something you need to leave behind this week to be able to move forward toward what God is calling you to?
  • But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:20-21
    REFLECTION: What evidence do you see in your life or the world around you that this world is not our true, forever home?
  • “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Philippians 4:8
    REFLECTION: Make a list today of at least one thing that fits each of the categories: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, worthy of praise.

4:8 Your Brain

Here’s a list for my own life recently based on the last reflection option.

  • True: God loves me. He’s been reminding me a lot lately of this simple truth.
  • Honorable: Some of my teenager friends doing the right thing even when it’s hard
  • Just: following a process
  • Pure: the laughter of little kids
  • Lovely: the chance to visit my exchange daughter in her country
  • Commendable: friends who show up when you need them and celebrate life with you
  • Excellent: my teammates at work
  • Worthy of Praise: God, for the beautiful creation he’s made!

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

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Ephesians – Week 42 {66 in 52 Challenge}

This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I will focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!

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Week 42 - Ephesians

The Big Picture of Ephesians:

Ephesians is a letter from Paul to the believers in the city of Ephesus. One summary of the whole book might be this phrase at the beginning chapter 4: “live a life worthy of your calling”. Throughout the book Paul paints this beautiful picture of what life in Christ is like. It is a life of freedom, faith, unity, light, peace, and more. He doesn’t say it’s always easy, but he does say it’s worth it. It’s a big calling to live as God’s children, but it brings the most abundant, fulfilling life we could imagine. He also talks of the tools and resources God provides for the journey including the armor of God and the Holy Spirit himself. Throughout the book we see what life practically looks like in families, churches, jobs, etc. as we follow after Christ.

Our Identity in Ephesians 1:

The first chapter of Ephesians is packed full with statements about our identity in Christ. Here are just a few:

  • Holy people (1:1, 18)
  • Faithful followers (1:2)
  • Blessed (1:3)
  • United with Christ (1:3, 11)
  • Loved (1:4)
  • Chosen (1:4, 11)
  • Holy and without fault in His eyes (1:4)
  • Adopted (1:5)
  • Purchased to be His own (1:7, 14)
  • Forgiven (1:7)
  • Showered with kindness (1:8)
  • His own (1:13, 14)
  • Called (1:18)
  • Filled with His power (1:19)

A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:

Some of us are planning to read through the whole book or books each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse per book. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.

  • “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same might power that raised Christ from the dead…”   Ephesians 1:19-20a
    REFLECTION: Who can you pray this over this week? Who needs to know the incredible greatness of God’s power?
  • “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  Ephesians 4:16
    REFLECTION: Where have you seen this lived out well in your community of faith? What’s your “special work” that you can do well as a part of the body?
  • “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  Ephesians 3:18-19
    REFLECTION: Why do you think Paul suggests that we must understand God’s love in order to live a full life in God’s power? What might the connection be?

Some Other Resources:

The Challenge:

So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!

Bekah's Heart, What I'm Reading Wednesday

Yes, Please!

One of the books I recently finished was Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I think it might have been a better fit in a different season of life, but I still enjoyed her spunky spirit, honesty, and vulnerability that came across so well in the audio-book version I listened too.

While I finished the book a couple weeks ago, suddenly a passage of it came to mind last Saturday night.

I was texting a friend about other stuff and mentioned how tired I was. It had been a good day, but a long one and body and brain were maxed out. She offered to drive over and do a simple task for me.

I turned her down.

It felt ridiculous. It felt dumb to let her stop what she was doing to come do something so simple for me. I couldn’t shake the thoughts of “Seriously, Bekah, just get up and do this task that literally will take less than a minute.”

She wanted to help. She wanted to serve me. She wanted to love me in this tangible way, even if it seemed silly to me.

But I said no.

Long story short, she came over anyway. (Because when you have friends that are like family, that’s just what you do for each other.) While I had already done the task, she showed up “just to give me a hug”. She lingered. She sat with me and simply was the friend I needed that night… the friend I almost missed out on because of my own stubbornness.

As she left, suddenly a section from that book popped into my mind. I didn’t process it too deeply the first time I heard it, having been framed in the context of motherhood. After this experience with my friend I realized that while I’m not a mother, the general concept still applies, especially in this current season I find myself in:

“Find a tribe of people who are in a similar walk of life as you are. Once you find them, be honest about where you are and what you’re struggling with. Learn to ask for help, and when someone offers help, accept it! Accept any and all help you can get and consider it a gift from God! I cannot tell you how many women ask me how I “do it all,” and when I tell them that I’ve learned to ask for help, they look at me as if I’m an alien.

“Like, help with what?”

For example, when your mother-in-law says she’ll come for the afternoon and entertain the kids, say, “Yes, please.” If your husband offers to fold the laundry (even when you don’t think he’s good at folding towels), say, “Yes, please.” If your girlfriend says she wants to bring you dinner but you feel bad that you’re putting her out, say, “Yes, please.” Or if your elementary school offers afternoon classes that will occupy your rambunctious boys for an additional hour and a half, say, “Yes, please.”

What can give you more time, more space, more freedom to find your center? Whatever it is, say, “Yes, please” to that!” – Rachel Hollis – Girl, Wash Your Face

When talking about self care and boundaries, we often talk about how the hardest but best thing to say is “no”. “No” to extra commitments. “No” to social engagements that aren’t fun for you. “No” to tasks and to-do list items.

Perhaps another favorite phrase should actually be: “Yes, please.”

I am WAY better at receiving help (and sometimes even asking for it!) than I used to be. I learned even more after my surgery in May when I had to depend on those around me for everything. However, it’s still easy for pride to slip in from time to time and I push away help in the process.

Just because I’m technically capable of doing something doesn’t mean help isn’t valuable. I may not NEED it, but perhaps help is a gift my friends (and ultimately, my God) want to give. So, my prayer is to be come more of a “Yes, please” person.

If someone volunteers to do something for me at work, I pray I will simply say, “Yes, please”.

If a friend offers to plan the details of an outing I initiated, I’ll ignore the nagging voice that nags: “You should be responsible for following through on this” and simply smile and say “Yes, please.”

If a family member or mentor or friend offers to spend time to talk and encourage me on a good day or a hard day or just any random day, I hope I’ll quickly say, “Yes, please.”

I’ve always found joy when others let me serve them. It baffles me that I can’t seem to remember the reverse is also true: maybe others find joy in serving me.

So, if my best friend wants to come put my groceries away or do my dishes or just stop by to give me a hug at 8:30 on a Saturday night because she loves me and wants to serve me… I pray next time I won’t turn her down, but instead will unlock the door and text back: “Yes, please!”

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