Being Honest~Repost

by adustyframe ~ August 25th, 2009

So many times during this trial, I’ve had reason to cry.

I do not like crying in front of anyone. It is my least favorite thing to do. Often I will be very careful what I say because it makes me cry to share some things that cause us pain.

In the ladies Bible study group, I used to pray first. I usually cried through prayer time, because people prayed for us. If I didn’t pray first, I wouldn’t be able to pray out loud when it was my turn.

So my pride has taken a beating–that’s a good thing! Still I truly do not care to cry in public.

I mentioned in this post, that sharing my news with Pastor on Sunday made me cry.

When I went to sit down for the service, James  friend was sitting with us. His mom came over to make sure it was alright, and looked at me.

I was biting my lip, but my eyes were full of tears.

“Are you alright?” she asked. I shook my head no.

The impulse was to say “Yes, I’m fine.” That would have been slightly crazy. To say I’m fine when tears are filling my eyes wouldn’t be honest.

She smiled at me and I composed myself.

Sunday night, she brought a paper to me. She said, “I was praying for you today and I wanted to give this to you.”

It was a devotional on the Name Immanuel. It was a reminder that God is with us. She had written on it, “Praying for you.”

I thought later about this. By being honest with her, I gave her a chance to minister to me.

I was encouraged by her thoughtfulness, and the time she took to encourage me in the Lord.

I wonder how many times we could have been ministered to if only we had been honest about our need?

Lizzie

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