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A: daily/paper-flip calendar:
> The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor the child of God perfected without adversity. _
B: Promises PASS-ALONG: Inspiration for women:
< God will protect you and love you. He will lift you when you stumble _
C: Follow Your dreams then know the way:
< It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot _
D: DAILY GUIDEPOSTS 2013: /312
< In that day I will respond," declares the Lord-"I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain . . . . "—HOSEA 2:21-22 (NIV)
My e-mail box remained stubbornly empty, Still no answer from the Friend I’d written to. I check my voicemail. I had left messages for several people, but none had responded yet.
I was struggling with a tough decision and desperately wanted a friends perspective. I'd reached out—through a variety of technologies. Everyone I sought out was busy or not home or didn't have time to answer. For days, I felt that my request for help, insights and just plain friendship had disappeared into a black hole. I didn't like the feeling of sharing, asking and opening myself up and getting no response.
But the hard truth is sometimes that the response I long for does come. Friends forget to return a call or put off answering an e-mail. Children don't remember to reach out, and the longed for Mother's Day card may not come. A spouse may be distracted by a phone call from work in the middle of a moment of heartfelt sharing.
What a profound gift God offers us when He promises to always be attentive to us and to respond. The Almighty God of the universe cares deeply and intimately for us, and when we call out to Him, He's never too busy. Not only that, but His response isn't a generic word of comfort or encouragement. He responds to us in unique ways, tailored for our specific situation.
Lord, I'm so grateful that You long to hear from me and respond with such tenderness to each problem I bring You. Remind me to turn to You when I feel alone. —SHARON HINCK
Digging Deeper: ISA. 54:4-6 _
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