“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

-Isaiah 40:8



I had class last week at the store consisting of five little girls aged nine to eleven. The following is a conversation I had with one of my students after her brother had exasperated her.

Student: Do you have any brothers?

Me: Yes; and four sisters.

Student’s mouth drops open in shock and surprise. She then puts it back into place and gives me a look of pity. After a few moments she speaks again.

Student: Is your brother… nice? To you?

Me: Yes, he is.

Student: You’re lucky.

Yes, I think I am.

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city…” – Proverbs 18:19

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

The Gift of Words

I have always had a kinship with words. Words are important to me. They are how I learn. They are a way to lose myself and become someone else. Words written to me mean a great deal. They are treasured. The words below constitute a small part of something that was written for me by someone very dear. I wanted to share them with you in the hope that they might encourage you as they have me.

“Develop good habits… I am talking about a conscience effort to train yourself to be kind, gentle and caring towards those around you, specifically the family you live with… Sweetness will win you so much more [than harshness]. If you learn it [now], you will not have to learn it (or suffer from not having it) later. It is the key to so much.”

And these from from someone even dearer:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)