anonymous female friends embracing on spacious meadow


  1. At the risk of offering yet another platitude, here is something you might try. It’s worked for me a time or two when kind and well-meaning acquaintances “read an article,” and now have a solution for me and mine. I listen for a minute, then at the earliest possible opportunity I ask, “And how can I pray for you?” I’m not brilliant to have thought of that gentle way to turn a conversation. But the woman who said that to me was. Thank you Leah for this important reminder.

    1. Thank you, Rita. Sound advice, for sure. I appreciate any suggestions to deflect others from their well-meaning (but often misplaced) solutions. This also directs my focus where it should be – how would Jesus look at this person right now? How can He soothe their struggle, whatever it may be?

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