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Dear Diary: Focusing on Others

January 3, 2018

Dear Diary,

I have to say that it just feels so good to love others, to invite them into our home, to sometimes disagree with their choices, but to love them all the same.

We had 20+ people in our home last night for an Italian Buffet and Fellowship Night. We met some people for the first time. Our new neighbor offered to provided the lasagna for the meal. I was stunned by her generosity, but, apparently, there are two things she really enjoys: cooking and dinner parties. When she arrives at the door with food in hand, she immediately becomes the life of the party. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

I heard a quote today that really resonated with me:

“Give me the COURAGE to tell others about my Savior instead of simply speaking of myself.” (Unknown)

I hope my life can be a reflection of that quote.

Feeling grateful,



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  1. It’s an amazing thing to witness when someone enters the room with love and generosity in their heart. It’s like you can tangibly feel their love and warmth. They are such a light for others. The party sounds great!

  2. What a beautiful reminder! I feel like some Christians think that if others are different from them, they can’t love them, but that is FAR from the truth. Jesus loved sinners, and he loves us every time we fail Him, but He loves us just the same – so shouldn’t we do that as well? Thanks for writing this!

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