Q) Which of the following is a need?
A) "My arm is broken. I need to go to the hospital."
B) "My outfits are lame. I need to go to the mall."
If you chose A, congratulations. You identified the need.
(Insider's note: both are actual quotes from a twelve-year-old family member.)
(Insiders note: my grandson swears I killed a squirrel who ate the burnt eggplant I'd set outside.)
Be proactive. Seek help from family, friends, neighbors, your church family, and coworkers. Sometimes a small break can make a major difference. Maybe you need a meal delivered, or a few hours without the children. Maybe you need a tutor, or a night out with friends or your spouse. Although that might be a picnic instead of dinner at an exclusive restaurant.
(Insiders note: my husband would rather eat my lethal burnt eggplant than dine in a fine restaurant.)
We live in a constantly changing "new normal" with Covid-19, social unrest, and economic uncertainty. People have contended with plagues, fires, famines, political machinations, and wars for centuries. An ancient book offers advice to deal with it:
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Phil 4:6 NLT
Which lines up with 1 Peter 5:7, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
So, I might want to worry. but I need to pray.
What new--or old--methods are you using to meet your needs and those of others?
By the way, if anyone wants or needs burnt eggplant, I'll gladly share my portion.
(Insider's note: I actually burned the green beans while writing this blog. But I left the smoky pan inside this time to prevent squirrel deaths.)
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