We should never think twice about sowing love in the hearts of those who
mean so much to us because our love for them will be manifested in their
lives. We must realize that in due season the seeds of love that we sow
will grow and bring fruit and improve the relationships that were at one
time damaged. The Bible declares in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casts out fear...” We who are spiritually mature must
realize there is warfare going on in the spiritual realm and the enemy
tries his best to bring strife and division between loved ones so that
peace will not be in that home. We must counteract the enemy's plans so
that the lives of those we care about will live in peace and know that we
love them. (Romans 12:9-18) (Galatians 6:9-10) (Ephesians 6:10-18)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to sow love in the lives of
those who mean so much to you and know that your seeds of love will mature
and bring forth great fruit.
LETTERS TO EILEEN
I have three children. Paul, the oldest and only boy, is named for his dad.
Theresa, the baby of the family, has her daddy's brown eyes and curly hair.
Eileen is the middle child. She is named for me and my mother whose name
was Eileen Ann. When I was born, my mother turned it around and named me
Ann Eileen. So when my first girl was born, I did the same thing, naming
her Eileen Ann.
Eileen showed a streak of independence from the early age of five months.
She refused to let anyone feed her, determined to do things her way.
All three kids were great fun to be around. They worked hard, had senses of
humor and did well in what they attempted. Like all homes, however, there
were times when we initiated a discussion of some behavior that their dad
and I wanted improved. With Paul and Theresa, the reactions ranged from
quiet agreement to vocal disagreements, but always with a mutual clearing
of the air.
With Eileen there were never any discussions. She immediately objected to
our right to have an opinion, stomped up the stairs to her room, slammed
the door, turned the music up loud and announced she did not want to
discuss it! Several times in the early days I tried reasoning with her, but
this only irritated her further.
One day out of a need for Eileen to hear our side, I wrote her a letter.
In the letter I explained her dad's and my position and what we wanted
changed. I waited until she left for school the next day to put the letter
on her bed. She never mentioned the letter, and I never found any evidence
of it. But her behavior changed!
As the years passed, there were more letters left while she was at school,
at work or on a date - probably two or three letters a year for a period of
14 years. She never acknowledged the letters or discussed what was in them,
but her behavior would change. Occasionally she stated as she went upstairs
“And don't write me one of those letters.” Of course, I wrote a letter.
Eileen's dad died in 1990. Three years later, she got engaged, and I was
determined not to be the overbearing mother of the bride. Everything went
well until about a month before the wedding. We had a disagreement. She
indignantly told me she was 24 years old and a special education teacher
about to be married. She also told me not to write her a letter! I wrote
her a letter.
Three days before the wedding, Eileen was packing things to move to her new
home. She told me there was a box in her closet that was not to be thrown
away. She said “It contains all the letters you ever wrote me. Sometimes I
reread them and someday I will read them to my daughter. Thank you, Mom.”
Thank you, Eileen.
By Ann E. Weeks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a
liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love
God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he
who loveth God love his brother also.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry