She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
The strength of friendship is not evidenced in how she treats you when things are good, it's how she treats you when things aren't.
It’s Monday, and I’m finally back. I hadn’t run in 10 days and danced yesterday for the first time in months. Notwithstanding my allergies and my general malaise, I just needed to get moving again, and I did. I laced up my sneakers, stretched my muscles and ran (some, and walked some). I haven’t been getting the best from myself, so, my empty pitcher could not pour. I have learned that the best cure for what ails me is giving love away; getting out of myself, letting the lavishing of love wash over me and opening my heart to receive God’s love. I have never benefitted from self-pity, and nothing’s changed.
I need to pour more love into my friends. I’ve been tripped up in my own drama, lately, missing them, and not giving the love I have in order to get it back. It’s time for a wakeup call. My two dearest friends haven’t been receiving the best of my love, and frankly, neither have my children, who rightly said I’ve been cranky (Sorry babes. I owe you better. How can I model love to you if you’re not feeing it on the regular. It was an interlude not the new normal, mommy promises). It’s time for a wakeup call.
So, to my BFF and my Gayle, I’m sorry for not taking better care of you. To my children, you cared for me when I wasn’t well, and I can take over the job now and pay it back. I’m headed outside to do a little gardening, and to feel God’s love in the warmth of the sun on my face. I just haven’t been me lately, but I’ve received my wakeup call, and now I’m back.
What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of doing? What stands between you and the full on love of God? Move it. Move you, don’t block your blessings. Be the Proverbs 31 woman; extend yourself. You fill your cup when you empty your pitcher. Your pitcher never stays empty when you are pouring out the love God pours into you. His fountains are within us, our cups overflow. We are blessed, refreshed, and reminded that God is good.