This book is a gentle, pleasant read. While it is full of good reminders to be caring, accepting, willing to serve, hospitable, and encouraging, I feel the gem of the book is actually found in the introduction. Janice Peterson explains early in the book why she chooses the words 'spiritual friendship' rather than mentor. This is noteworthy, lasting truth that has been observed in my life and in the lives of those around me over the years. Let me whet your appetite with this wise quote:
The reason I think it's important to distinguish spiritual friendship from the idea we know as "mentoring" is that spiritual friendship isn't any kind of hierarchy- it's not one person as the "expert" and the other as the "learner." Spiritual friendship is learning to see the worth God has placed in each person and appreciating the gifts individuals have to offer. It's being willing to share when you need to and learn when you need to. I'ts caring for the well-being of the other person, and letting her care for you as well. Giving and receiving. Walking sided by side through different seasons of life. We are all richer for understanding not only what we have to offer the people in our lives, but understanding what they have to offer as well.
“When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad,
you understand the lyrics.” - Frank Ocean
Music can sometimes help us find words or tones to express sentiments we do not have adequate ways to explain in conversation or writing. I am sharing with you some of the songs that were the cry of my heart during the very difficult time after our step-daughter moved out of our home in a wounding manner. I will give small explanations about my experience with each song below its video. The above song, "Worn" by Tenth Avenue North, clearly expresses how wretchedly miserable and exhausting the constant pain of grief is, especially after the first raw days, weeks, or in some cases, months, are over. The shock, the repeated traumatic experiences all come to a lull and you look around surveying the desolation.
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
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