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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Frnka

Look with a Lens of Love: Love Restores

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.


Speak love to yourself first, so that in turn you can truly speak love to others.


Most of us have had one of those days where we spilled the coffee, burned the bacon, forgot to pack an extra snack for the littles and their hunger growls just as loud on the outside as it does on the inside. You arrive home later than you had planned. The front door light is burned out, you fumble trying to find the lock to insert your key and unlock the front door, only to notice water flowing ever so gently out the front door. That’s right you tossed a load of clothes into the washer as you were heading out of the house this morning. You learn that apparently, there was a block in the waterline to the washer and now your beautiful floors, baseboards, and drywall have been nicely cleaned, except the bill and cleanup are way more than you bargained for.


You want to bolt, but know that you can’t.


You have to take care of this most pressing issue. While the hunger monster was once overtaking the littles they are now quiet, laughing, contented children splashing around in the suds and bubbles from the washer. When you once would have cared about not getting the house dirty, now you are only concerned about next steps to restoration.


It’s a good thing not all days, in fact, most, are not like this, but there are a few days every now and again that cause us to breathe in deeply, sit quietly, and allow our weary head to rest, so that we can begin the phone calls and decisions about how to best bring restoration.


It takes a while sometimes, but when you look with a lens of love, you realize that your life is not in perfect order and it is okay. Be gentle with yourself. Afford yourself the same grace that you would give to others and give yourself permission to nurture your spirit by taking a break.


Take your thoughts captive. Hold them up to God and allow Him to restore and heal you and the world around you.


Ya'll have a beautiful day!


All My Love,


Jennifer

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“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast” 1 Peter 5:10.


“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” Psalm 51:12.



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