dancing across the lavender sky.
This photo was taken the day after my previous blog post.
As you may know, I shared a struggle in that post.
Even though the struggle continues,
the hope perseveres.
God is faithful.
Have you ever noticed the lavender skies of winter?
Winter sunsets seem to hold different colors than summer sunsets.
In the stillness of the photo above,
I was reminded of God's care for me.
The night I took this photo,
my lil fam went to eat at our favorite fast food restaurant.
We placed our order, and took our seats.
Soon enough, our food arrived.
We started eating and enjoying each other's company,.
when the waitress suddenly returned.
She told us that someone paid for icecream for Mr. Sunshine and BW.
Someone had blessed our family with kindness.
We asked the waitress to thank the person.
We talked to the boys about joy, thankfulness
and blessing others with kindness.
Since that night, I've thought often about the blessing in that moment,
and the kindness that stranger showed.
The stranger didn't know us,
our hearts, or our troubles.
They just reached out in love,
And we were blessed.
That stranger's kindness caused me to reflect on the
"one anothers" in Scripture.
Are you familiar with the "one anothers"?
Do you know how many are in the Bible, friend?
There are 59.
59 exhortations to do good toward one another.
I'd like to share a few of them with you:
"Love one another." John 15:17
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love." Romans 12:10
"Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
"Instruct one another." Romans 15:14
"Have equal concern for one another." 1 Corinthians 12:25
"Serve one another in love." Galatians 5:13
"Carry each other's burdens." Galatians 6:2
"In humility, consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3
"Build each other up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Encourage one another daily." Hebrews 3:13
"Spur one another on towards love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24
"Don't grumble against each other." James 5:9
"Confess your sins to each other." James 5:16
"Pray for each other." James 5:16
"Love one another deeply, from the heart." 1 Peter 3:8
What do you think, friend?
It's quite a wonderful list of ways to show kindness toward one another.
Will you do something for me, friend?
Will you spend some time thinking about these "one anothers"?
My friend, Casey, over at Simple Joy Crafting recently blogged
about the importance of God's words being in our hearts,
and "writing His words on our doorposts."
I plan on posting some of the "one anothers" around my house.
Let's serve one another, have concern for one another,
encourage one another, and build each other up.
Let's not grumble against one another.
Let's carry each other's burdens,
let's pray for each other.
Let's love one another, friend.
Let's love one another well.
Great are God's commands;
Great is His faithfulness.
It's an honor to live out His commands,
and It's a joy to bless one another with kindness.