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Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)
By Laury Hubrich
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It was good to see you from afar at church! It seems like we never get to talk anymore. I miss that. Things aren’t going so well right now. Guess I’m just down. Don’t want to drag you there with me so I’ll write again soon, hopefully when I’m a little cheerier.
Jennifer, I’m so glad you e-mailed! Sorry I didn’t get over to talk to you Sunday. Just when I thought I would get there Ernie caught me at the pass. I got talked into doing Children’s Church for a month. I don’t mind, really. I did mind not catching up with you, though.
What’s going on, girlfriend? You know you can share with me. We’ve been friends forever. How’re you feeling? Any better? Did you ever find out what’s going on? I’m praying for you, Jennifer. Remember that, okay?
Hi Tori. Thanks for praying. No, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I see the doctor again next month. I’m losing energy by the second. I can’t keep up with my kids. My house is a total disaster. I hated having to drop out of my ministries at the church. Allen is grouchy. He’s very upset about the bills. He makes snide comments to me like, “Do you have any ideas how we can pay the bills this month?” He holds me personally responsible for quitting my job and plunging us into this financial mess. Sorry for exploding on you. I’ll go now. – Jennifer
Hey – explode away! It sometimes helps, really. Jennifer, you know why you quit your job. It was because you got SICK. You aren’t lazy. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Allen is just as scared and frustrated as you. I know, without a doubt, that he loves you. You guys will get through this.
I’m praying for you constantly, dear sister.
Tori, I’m scared. Mark asked me why I’m in bed so much. I told him, “Mommy’s sick, honey.” The poor kid’s face fell. It was time to take him to a birthday party and he was coming in to see if I was ready. I forgot all about it. He’s as angry with me as his dad is.
I can’t handle this. I don’t want to be in bed but I’m so dizzy. It’s hard to keep going. When I get up to do things I forget what it was I needed to do. My head feels like it’s going to explode. What’s wrong with me? Why would God allow me to get sick like this? Why doesn’t He just heal me? I don’t think I can go on. – Jennifer
Jennifer, first of all, God loves you so much. He’ll get the doctor to figure it out very soon, of that, I’m sure. People go through hard things all the time. We aren’t immune because we’re Christian. We do have His comfort, though. Can you imagine going through this without God?
Keep on crying out to Him and stay in the Word. Don’t slip away from your faith. It’s possibly going to be the only thing that makes sense in your life. Read Philippians. It’s short and full of hope.
I’m praying for you. You can do this! I’m cheering you on!
Dearest Tori, sorry I haven’t written in awhile. I miss being around friends. I’m so very lonely. All I do is cry. – Jennifer
Jennifer, I found a free day for some of us to come over and cheer you up. We’re coming while Allen’s at work on Thursday with cleaning supplies and groceries. You’ll feel tons better in a sparkling clean house. We’ll also get some meals ready for you so all you have to do is get them out of the freezer and bake.
We’re sisters in the Lord and we’ll do all we can to help you out. See you then! -- Tori
Tori, tell the girls thanks! The savory smells wafting outside the house brought Allen in happily hungry. The kids promised to help keep the house clean. Allen even promised to come to church Sunday. Thanks to you, now when I close my eyes, I picture myself sitting in the palm of God’s hand, safe from the storms around me. You know what? Sometimes I’m sure I feel His breath on my cheek. Thanks for making God real to me and for the E-Cheers.
Love you much,
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