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care.

I’ve always been drawn to the obscure.

Like the gal who works at Walmart, embarrassed by the eczema that covers every inch of her not covered by her blue uniform top with the sunny yellow symbol.

This day she was putting mums out on a table outside. I smiled and said hi. Not the kind of rote hi-how-are-you-nice-day greeting so many say.

But the I really care kind.

I’ve chatted briefly with her at the register, but not enough for her to necessarily recognize me.

She did, however, give me the Walmart greeting.

“Ohh I’m great now that the humidity is gone,” I said spreading out my arms looking into the sky.

“I’d rather have hot,” she replied. “Because when it cools off I know what’s coming (winter)”.

So we talked about the mums and then her face lit up as she told me I could find some huge multi color ones inside.

She let her guard down. It was a nice conversation and I thought how nice it would be to have her for a friend.

I wasn’t always like this.

I’ve always put other people first but I was very busy with my own responsibilities along with a dash of assuming rejection to bother with too much friendliness.

Life is different now and taking the time with a stranger feels very good.

There are so many people that are ignored, neglected, and disregarded.

And I don’t think, I know, this is who God sees, too.

I know because he talks about them all the time in the Bible.

God makes a point of resisting the arrogant, prideful and conceited who, for whatever reason, think they are better than others. The kind of people who assume too much and often give lip service but little action to back up their words.

If you are someone who fits the description of feeling like an outcast, just hang on to the truth of what God says.

Not what others have said.

Not what you think.

What God says.

It’s comforting.

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listening.

We’ve lost the art of listening.

We’ve got too many thoughts, opinions, and fixes.

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We need to slow down and listen. Because sometimes that’s all it takes to help someone.

Simple, isn’t it?

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We need someone to care about what we have to say.

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But if there is no one, there is one who always listens. Anytime. Anywhere.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

-The Bible

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anybody?

Does anybody see?

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Does anybody care?

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Everything has a purpose.

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And some of the best things in life are hidden.

Until someone finds it.

And that includes you.

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stars.

Did you know, God has names for every star in the universe?

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He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Psalm 147:4

This is incredible!

If God cares that much to name the stars, how much more does he care for you?

When bad things happen to us, we immediately dismiss God’s care.

Yet, the world is broken. That means things break down.

But God is still God and he loves us so much he works things out – in his time.

© Kathleen Moulton

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how much does God care?

This much.

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD cares for me.

Psalm 27

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spring.

Laying below the frozen earth there is life.

At first glance, something may look barren.

Or hopeless.

Or impossible.

But since the beginning of time, the earth is constant…

revealing the predictability of God’s design.

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If God cares for the earth, how much more does he care about you?

Winter doesn’t last forever.

Cheer up! Spring is on it’s way!

care.

The last thing you want to do when you’re in pain is care about someone else’s pain. Yet, there is something wonderful that occurs when you reach out to help someone else, even when you need help. There is a scripture in the Bible that says this:

. . . he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:5

I think when we are really hurting, there are very few distractions. We notice others more easily. There is a connection. And when we care for others despite our own pain, we are comforted ourselves.