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Vol 12 • Issue 2


Relief from the rat race

The Acerola Principle

Transformation starts here

11 Ways to Say “I Love You”

How to make those you love feel special
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maintenance By Fátima Porras

We all go through concern for our well-being. I also spirits in good shape and are
situations that leave deep gained an even greater apprecia- mindful of our strengths and
imprints on our spirits. I tion of my coworkers, who didn’t limitations, we can respond better
had one such experience a let their bumps, bruises, or to whatever situation we find
couple of years ago. broken collarbone stop them from ourselves in. Our faith in God’s
While I was praying, Jesus delivering aid to orphanages and love and care, like shock absorb-
told me, “Your faith will soon be remote villages. ers, will lessen the bumps in the
tested, but don’t be afraid. This What left the deepest impres- road; proper alignment will keep
will be a time of readjustment.” sion on me, however, was us on the straight and narrow; and
Ten days later, while on a something God taught me about our lives will take us where God
humanitarian aid mission to a my spiritual life. Like the wheel wants us to go.
remote area of Burkina Faso, West alignment on the Land Rover, Have a safe trip!
Africa, I found myself upside which had been faulty and caused
down in a Land Rover that had our accident, my spirit also needs Fátima Porras is a member of
run off the road and rolled into maintenance. If I don’t regu- the Family International in
a ditch. larly check my spirit, it can get Spain. ■
The next few days were a blur knocked out of whack by rocks
of hospitals, phone calls, recount- and potholes in the road of life—
ing the accident, and thanking problems, disappointment, loss,
God for His protection. Five of us and so on. And if that spiritual
had been involved in what could misalignment is not corrected,
have been a fatal accident, and when I hit another particularly
the worst injury that any of us rough spot I could lose control,
sustained was a broken collarbone. veer off the road, and wind up
God is able to bring some upside down in a ditch.
good out of every situation, and Maintaining our spiritual
this accident was no exception. lives through prayer, quality
We experienced the hospitality spiritual input, and godly living
and empathy that are common is as important to our happiness
among African people; everyone and well-being as servicing our
from taxi drivers to doctors to vehicles is to safety on the road.
ambassadors expressed sincere When we work at keeping our

take a load off
By Maria Fontaine

I have a riddle for you.

What could seem to make
a little more work now‚
but save much more work
in the long run?
Here are some hints. It is
mentioned repeatedly in the
Bible, and those who have accom-
plished the most for God have all
depended on it. It is a life-altering
concept, but also one that is often
hard to grasp because it goes
contrary to natural reasoning.
The answer is “resting in Jesus.”
That means stopping what we’re
doing and taking a little time
to get quiet and plug in to Jesus
in spirit in order to be renewed
and regenerated. Then we need
to learn to take that restful spirit
with us as we go back to whatever
we were doing, so circumstances
won’t weigh so heavily on us and
eventually wear us out.
It sounds simple enough,
but it’s not always easy to do,
especially at first. One big reason
is that it goes against our natural
bent. When we have so much
to do, the last thing we feel like

1. Mark 1:35
2. Luke 6:12
3. Luke 22:39,41
doing is slowing down, taking usually swamped with thoughts God enough to make time for it,
time to pray and read God’s about all there still is to do. and because of that, having more
Word, and letting Him speak to But if we can get in the habit of His blessings and Spirit in
us. That’s not what we feel like of stopping our work long everything we do, because we’ve
doing or what seems sensible enough to turn our concerns over given the weight to Jesus through
when we have a deadline or life is to Jesus and draw new strength prayer, rather than trying to carry
speeding along all around us. and inspiration from Him, we it ourselves.
But if we look at the lives of won’t be so tied into the vicious It’s easy to get on our own
those who have done great things cycle of pushing ourselves beyond little “treadmill” and feel that we
for God, we find many examples our limits and falling further have to keep running to keep up,
of people who relied on this behind. Instead, we will create a and yet feel like we’re not really
principle. In fact, Jesus Himself positive cycle where He strength- getting anywhere. We need to
needed such times of resting and ens us for the tasks at hand, and have enough sense, before we get
refilling, according to several as a result we will have more to that point, to step off and ask
accounts in the Gospels. One faith to place our burdens on His Jesus to help us get in step with
says that having risen long before shoulders and trust Him to take Him again.
daylight, He went to a solitary care of things. Making the change can start
place to pray.1 Another says that We all want to feel that peace a cycle of strength, relief from
He continued all night in prayer and contentment and wisdom pressure, and real progress. If
to God,2 and another that it was that Jesus can give us when we we’re resting in Jesus‚ if we’re
His custom to go to the Mount spend time with Him, but the taking time with Him, if we’re
of Olives to pray.3 test comes when we go back to pushing our burdens onto His
Most of us need a major work. All too often we leave the strong shoulders and letting Him
change of mindset in this regard. realm of calm and peace and work in the spirit, we’ll have
We need to stop thinking we infinite possibilities, and start try- the strength and the time for
have so much to do that we had ing to do everything we can—and anything and everything else we
better get started, and instead before we know it, we’re back in really need to do.
think, Wonderful! Jesus, here is an the rat race.
opportunity for You to step in and Resting in Jesus means not try- Maria Fontaine and
help as only You can. ing to bear the burdens ourselves. her husband, Peter
We can’t learn to rest in the It means continually putting Amsterdam, head the Family
Lord if we’re not doing our part them back on Jesus’ shoulders. It International. ■
by pulling away from the fray. If means doing our part in prayer,
we’ve been busy, busy, busy, then so He can do the heavy lifting.
when our spirits need a rest we are It means valuing our time with

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am
gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
—Jesus, Matthew 11:28–30
out By Nyx Martinez

My mind raced. Two o’clock. I had just weeks before. They were commercial models and
finished my appointments and suddenly the only female identical twins in the local industry.
realized how little cash I had on me. They spotted me and waved, excited about this
At the mall with only a few cents and no ATM card chance encounter.
in my pocket, I needed to attend a workshop at the Or was it chance?
voice academy later that afternoon. Without bus An hour later, we said goodbye and I was on
fare, I wasn’t going to make it. I didn’t even have my way. Jesus had indeed dropped money out of
enough money to get home. nowhere, but in His own way. Joy had asked me to
I paced through the mall, frantic, desperate, sketch them together and insisted on paying for the
frustrated. How did I get myself into this mess? on-the-spot portrait.
Then amid the inner turmoil came a familiar I now had the cash I needed. I made it to my
voice. Stop and listen. workshop with time to spare. I made it safely home.
To what? I fired back. And I had that little voice to thank.
Listen to Me. And listen to yourself freaking out like Now when my head is spinning out of control—
that! The worst thing in the world is to keep on going How did I get myself into this mess?—I know that all I
when you don’t know what to do. have to do is take a little time out to stop and listen
Jesus had my attention. Okay, You’re right.—I don’t and get Jesus’ help.
know what to do.
Trust Me. Nyx Martinez is a member of the Family
What did I have to lose? I stopped and prayed, International in the Philippines. ■
“Dear Jesus, I’m trying to trust You. Please help me
out.” What I wanted, of course, was to see some
money appear out of nowhere. It doesn’t have
to be a lot—just enough to get me to the
voice academy and home.
I looked around. Nothing.
Trust Me, He said again. There’s plenty of
time before your workshop starts.
Plenty of time? I wasn’t so sure.
I slowed my pace to “trusting” speed and hoped
that would also calm my racing spirit. The frustra-
tion eased. I even started to sing to myself. The voice
seemed to be directing my steps, telling me what
corners to turn in the huge mall.
Then there they were, sitting inside a restaurant
right in front of me! I had met Joy and Honey a few

The Acerola Principle
By Christopher Thomas

If you visit the tropics, speckled with hundreds of red kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
you’ll want to try an dots; other times I had to hunt to gentleness, self-control.”1 Does
invigorating glass of find them. Why, I had no idea. this list seem too good to be true
juice made from a small, It was only after some time of your life? Well, try investing a
red, natural marvel: the that a neighbor revealed the little more in that tree of yours.
acerola fruit. Relatively acerola’s secret: it bears fruit in Try watering it frequently, and
unknown in the rest of the world, direct proportion to the water it see if it won’t start producing
it has 32 times as much vitamin C receives. After rainy spells, acerola these wonderful life- and world-
as citrus fruit, as well as powerful trees are laden with fruit, but dry changing fruits. It’s impossible
antioxidant properties. periods leave them bare. to spend time close to the heart
We once had an acerola tree in We began watering our tree of God and not be transformed,
our yard—just one, but that one two or three times a day, and the just as it’s impossible to water
small tree gave so much fruit that tree produced more fruit than we the acerola tree and not soon see
there was almost always a pitcher could handle. But if we got too an abundance of delicious fruit
of juice on the dinner table. I busy or forgot, production would adorning its branches.
remember lazy afternoon moments grind to a halt.
spent plucking and eating the fruit From this perspective, there Christopher Thomas is
straight off the tree, warmed and is no big mystery to having a a member of the Family
sweetened by the sun. fruitful spiritual life. The tree is International in Brazil. ■
I also discovered an important our soul, and the water is God’s
similarity between my spiritual life Word. The fruit is the results, the
and that tree. Like many tropical obvious effects this water has on
trees, the acerola tree doesn’t have a us, and the amount of fruit we Blessed is the man
certain fruit-bearing season. At first bear will be in direct proportion
it seemed to give fruit whenever to how much “water” we give [whose] delight is in
it pleased. Sometimes the tree was our “tree.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is the law of the Lord.
1. Galatians 5:22–23 love, joy, peace, long suffering,
He shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers
of water, that brings
forth its fruit in its
—Psalm 1:1-3

By Evelyn Sichrovsky

Bright sunlight streamed At the hospital later that morn- sufferers like me. Apparently my
through my window as ing, in order to get a clear image, a asthmatic condition had been
I pulled back the bed nurse injected me with a contrast overlooked when the hospital
covers, not suspecting agent, or dye, then stepped out of planned my CT scan.
that an unforgettable the room to avoid radiation from Finally the scan was over and
day was about to unfold. the CT machine. About halfway the nurse returned. I stumbled to
I whispered a prayer, asking Jesus’ through the scan, the fluid entered my feet, coughing uncontrollably.
blessing on the abdominal CT my bloodstream. Searing pain tore My swollen face and neck were
scan I was scheduled to have that through my body. Immense pres- covered with red spots. The nurse
morning. I also asked Him if sure gripped my lungs. I gasped realized something was seriously
there was anything He wanted to for breath. I tried to scream, but wrong, helped me onto a nearby
tell me about the day ahead, and my throat had closed so tightly I bed, and summoned a doctor.
I heard His familiar voice in my could barely get out a whisper. When he asked me where I was
mind. “I will fight for you. I will The pain intensified second hurting, I couldn’t move my
face each challenge with you.” by second. My senses reeled, and jaw to tell him. “Get her to the
Those words were assuring, my neck and face swelled. I could emergency room immediately!” he
but also puzzling. Due to a barely open my eyes. My sinuses ordered. “This is very serious!”
mysterious digestive disorder, I tightened with unbearable pain. I A doctor at the emergency
had already been examined by had no idea what was happening. unit examined me and passed his
nearly a dozen doctors in the past I tried to keep calm. It would pass, findings on to my dad, who was
year and had undergone as many I told myself over and over. there at the hospital with me.
medical tests. None of the tests This was an allergic reaction to “Her heartbeat is faint, her blood
had been particularly challenging. the dye, I would find out later—a pressure is falling rapidly, and very
Why would a routine CT scan be potentially life-threatening com- little oxygen is passing through
any different? plication that can occur in asthma her lungs. She is in toxic shock.”

1. Hebrews 13:8

Yea, though I walk
through the valley of
the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for You are with me.
—Psalm 23:4a

God is our refuge

and strength, a very
present help in trouble.
Dad phoned family and friends and asked them to pray for me. —Psalm 46:1
He squeezed my hand, and I saw desperation in his eyes. The doctor’s
unspoken conclusion hit me: he didn’t know if I would make it. Call upon Me in the
Nurses rushed to hook me to a respirator and administer injections to day of trouble; I will
counter the toxin. “Breathe!” they urged. I struggled desperately, but felt deliver you, and
myself slipping into darkness—a silent, painless, overwhelming darkness. you shall glorify Me.
Suddenly Jesus’ words came back to me. “I will fight for you. I will face —Psalm 50:15
each challenge with you.” Strength and determination that could have
come only from Him pulled me from the darkness. I fought to open my He shall give His angels
eyes and take another breath. charge over you, to
The pain reached an unbearable new high. Convulsions shook my keep you in all your
limbs. I couldn’t think, much less pray. A second wave of numbing dark- ways.—Psalm 91:11
ness swept over me. Powerless to drive it back, I felt myself fading.
Again Jesus’ lifesaving words came to me. “I will fight for you. I will When you pass
face each challenge with you.” through the waters,
Clinging to those words, I found strength to keep fighting, to I will be with you;
keep breathing. and through the
Two intense hours later, I was out of danger. I had survived! rivers, they shall not
As Dad led me out of the hospital and into bright sunlight, I was overflow you. When
still a bit dazed, but my heart overflowed with gratitude and joy. Jesus you walk through
had saved my life! He truly is, as the Bible says, “the same yesterday, the fire, you shall not
today, and forever.”1 be burned, nor shall
I am so glad that I took time that morning to ask Him to speak to me. the flame scorch you.
It had seemed like such a small thing, almost an inconvenience, but the —Isaiah 43:2
few words He spoke to me became my lifesaver.

Evelyn Sichrovsky is a member of the Family International

in Taiwan. ■

By Peter Amsterdam

One of the things Jesus to put it to good use. That takes you’re supposed to go. If your
wants to teach us—and practice. You do that by giving destination is due west, you start
it’s one of the most Him many opportunities to speak going west. But then after a while
valuable things we can to you. the ship may have been carried
ever learn—is to consult I have learned that even after off course by currents or a storm,
Him in our decision- Jesus has initially shown me the so the captain, Jesus, who knows
making. He wants us to hear way to go about doing something, exactly where you are at all times,
from Him directly and personally, He wants me to ask Him from may tell you that you need to
and then to act on what He shows time to time if I’m still proceeding adjust your course to head a little
us. That goes for big matters and in the right direction. He wants northwest or a little southwest.
everyday matters alike. He wants me to keep the channel open so But if you don’t check your pres-
us to bring specific questions to He can speak to me in case He ent course with the captain, if you
Him so He can give us specific has some new information or new don’t open the channel for Jesus
answers. direction. to speak to you and tell you the
Hearing from Jesus and It’s not enough to pray at the course modifications, you either
involving Him in our daily lives beginning of a project, “Jesus, won’t end up where He wants you
is something that can radically help me with this,” and then just to go or you will take a round-
change things for the better. If go and do it. Unless you stop about way to get there.
we can learn to stop whatever from time to time and ask Him To receive Jesus’ instructions,
we’re doing, bring our questions if there is anything else He wants you have to be open—you have to
to the Lord, and listen to His to tell you about that project and truly want to hear and be willing
instructions, that will solve many how to go about it, you can miss to follow what He tells you. The
problems because we will find the much of His help. most important requirements
answers we need. You need to keep checking for hearing from Jesus are (1)
If you haven’t learned to let back with Him, because some- sincerely wanting to find and do
Jesus speak to you, ask Him to times He may want to adjust the what He knows will be best for
teach you. He wants to and He course. It’s like you’re the helms- everyone concerned, (2) asking
will. It’s a gift that is yours for the man of a ship, and Jesus is the Jesus to help you distinguish
asking. Then once He has given captain. You head out to sea, and between His voice and your own
you the gift, you need to learn you know the general direction thoughts, (3) believing the divine

instruction that has already
been given you, as recorded By Maria Fontaine
in the Bible, and following it
to the best of your knowledge We can go through life and
and ability, (4) believing miss many of the things that
that the message you receive God is trying to teach us. Some
directly from Him is from things are obvious, but others
Him, and (5) having the faith aren’t, and we can miss the
to act on it. point if we don’t ask Him or
This isn’t something you don’t open our eyes to what
can learn overnight, especially He’s trying to show us through
if you aren’t already in the our experiences.
habit of taking your problems The more we pray about
and questions to Jesus in things beforehand, the more
prayer. It takes practice and He is able to help us and the
discipline, but don’t let that better things will turn out. But
discourage you. Start with a it’s just as important to pray
few small steps—baby steps if about the outcome, especially
you will. Then as you learn to when things don’t go the way
hear from Him step by step, we expect or want them to. If
you will save time, things we take time to think and pray
will go more quickly and about it, He can help us learn
smoothly, you will make fewer from every experience. The
mistakes, and more will get lesson is there if we will ask
done. for it, but by the same token, if
we don’t ask, a lot of times we
Peter Amsterdam and his don’t receive.1
wife, Maria Fontaine,
head the Family
International. ■ 1. Matthew 7:7; James 4:2



The due date for my writing assignment When I returned to my desk, I felt completely
was fast approaching, and I was barely refreshed. The three-minute break had worked
half done. I’d been working fast and furiously, wonders. I tackled my assignment with renewed
but my mind was now too stressed to think energy and focus. To my amazement, I made more
clearly, my eyes were too strained to focus, and my headway during the next hour than I had in the
shoulders were stiff from sitting hunched over my previous two. Not only that, but when I reread my
computer keyboard for so long. work later, I found fewer mistakes than I expected. I
I finally pulled myself away from my desk piled met my deadline with time to spare.
high with books and papers, and retreated to a I was so excited by my discovery that I decided
nearby window for a break. As I raised my eyes to a to apply this “praise break” principle to other areas
beautiful blue, sunny sky above neighboring apart- of my life, and I’ve found its effects to be amazing.
ment buildings, I caught sight of a bird in graceful In addition to relieving stress, it has helped improve
flight. My spirit soared with it. I forgot my work my moods, my relations with others, my problem-
for a moment and enjoyed this glimpse of God’s solving ability, my organizational skills, and more.
beautiful creation. My tired mind was renewed as I My life hasn’t become problem free since I started
marveled at the shapes and shades of the clouds— practicing praise, but stopping to thank God for
thousands of tons of water floating effortlessly high His goodness and refocus on my blessings gives me
overhead. Breathing deeply of the breeze that blew strength to face whatever comes my way. It’s made
through the open window, I thanked and praised the joys more enjoyable and the trials less trying. It
God for His goodness and care. I began with the doesn’t take long—sometimes less than a minute—
scene before me, and ended with a few of the many but I’ve found that it makes all the difference in
wonderful things He has done for me personally the world.
over the years. With each breath and thought, my
mind and body relaxed a little more, and my aching Elsa Sichrovsky is a member of The Family
shoulders became a little less tense. International in Taiwan. ■


How inner change works why

Q: You say that God can and wants to turn my personal Every problem is a
weaknesses into strong points . I’ve prayed for that , but so
far nothing has changed . Why doesn’t God answer my prayer ? character-building
A: It sounds like you expect God to work an overnight wonder in opportunity, and
you, with nothing required of you beyond wanting and praying to
do better. That’s not the way it works. God will do for you what only the more difficult
He can do, but He also expects you to do what you can. It takes both.
Personal growth is a partnership. it is, the greater the
God heard your prayer and brought the desired answer into the
realm of possibility the instant you prayed, but now it is up to you potential for building
to put the answer into effect and make it a reality; you need to start
acting changed, even if you don’t feel changed. If you prayed to be spiritual muscle and
less negative and critical of others, for example, you need to make
an effort to be positive and see the good in others. God will inspire moral fiber. [The
positive thoughts and help you catch yourself when you begin to
become negative or critical, but then you have to follow His lead and apostle] Paul said,
deliberately choose the good and reject the bad. Desiring to change
and praying for that was the right choice, but now you need to make “We know that these
that choice over and over until it becomes second nature.
Inner change is a process that takes commitment, time, effort, and troubles produce
patience, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
patience. And patience
FEEDING READING Cultivating character produces character.”2
God created us “in His own image,”1 Your circumstances
but He’s not done yet. It’s an ongoing Matthew 5:3–12
process. We all share some basic aspects are temporary, but
of His nature from birth—we are eternal, 1 Corinthians chapter 13
spiritual beings with the capacity to your character will
reason, love, and distinguish right from Galatians 5:22–23
wrong—but developing godly character last forever.—Rick
is a lifelong process. It’s also a big part of Philippians 2:3–7
why we’re here. What should we strive Warren, The Purpose
to be like? The following Bible passages 2 Peter 1:5–8
give a fairly well-rounded picture: Driven Life
1. Genesis 1:26
2. Romans 5:3–4 NCV
11 Ways to say
“I Love You”
How to make those you love feel special

If you’re looking for ways to make 7. Be helpful. Going out of your way to be helpful
those you love feel special and or doing more than your share shows concern; it
appreciated, here are a few ideas to get says “Your happiness is important to me,” and “I
you started. want to make your day a little better.”

1. Put it into words. Those three little words—“I 8. Listen with your heart. Make an effort to truly
love you”—are still the best way to make sure get to know and understand the other person,
those you love know it. Say them often. rather than assuming you already do.

2. Tell them why. What makes the person special to 9. Show respect. Healthy relationships are built on
you? Tell him or her, and be specific. Whenever mutual respect for each other’s good qualities.
you find something new to admire or appreciate, Look for opportunities to show those you love
say so. that you believe in them.

3. Take time to love. Spending time with someone 10. Be unselfish. Giving preference to the needs
says, “You’re more important to me than all the and desires of your loved ones shows that their
other things that I could be doing right now.” happiness and well-being are more important to
you than your own.
4. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Small,
unexpected gifts and remembrances can some- 11. Drop your guard. It is often humbling to open
times convey love even better than big ones up and let others see the “real you,” but it’s a
on birthdays or holidays, and every day holds necessary part of uniting hearts and minds. ■

5. Be consistent. When everything is going well, THE SOURCE

an expression of love can make it go even better;
and when one of you is having a bad day, love If you want more love in your life, go to the source.
can turn things around. Jesus has more love than you ever imagined, and
it’s yours for the asking. It starts the moment you
6. Be affectionate. Hug. Touch. Science has invite Him into your life by sincerely praying a
proven that there are physical and mental ben- simple prayer like this one:
efits to human touch. Jesus, I believe in You and open my heart to You.

God is my strength and power, and He

A Spiritual Exercise
to you makes my way perfect.
—2 Samuel 22:33

Lord, it is nothing for You to help,

whether with many or with those who
have no power.—2 Chronicles 14:11
What a difference an outside source of power
can make! Before the invention of the threshing machine God has spoken once, twice I have
in the late 18th century, separating grain from the stalk and heard this: that power belongs to
husk took considerable time and effort. Today, in most of the God.—Psalm 62:11
world, the combined tasks of reaping, binding, and threshing
are usually done by a diesel- or gasoline-powered harvester, He gives power to the weak, and to
and one farmhand can harvest more in a day than a hundred those who have no might He increases
farmhands could previously. strength.—Isaiah 40:29
You can apply the same principle to your own work,
whatever it may be. You may think you are working effi- Those who wait on the Lord shall
ciently and accomplishing a lot through your own efforts, renew their strength; they shall mount
like the hand-threshers of a bygone era no doubt did. But up with wings like eagles, they shall
like them, the various challenges you face each day probably run and not be weary, they shall walk
leave you feeling exhausted and drained. Why thresh out life’s and not faint.—Isaiah 40:31
problems “by hand” when there’s a great “machine” available,
driven not by your own blood, sweat, and tears, but by God’s And He [Jesus] said to me, “My grace
infinite power? The machine is activated by prayer. is sufficient for you, for My strength is
Stop now and list the main tasks ahead of you today, then made perfect in weakness.”
ask God to help you with them. Before beginning each task, —2 Corinthians 12:9
ask God to give you the guidance, strength, skill, patience,
love, or whatever else you may need to do it right, and claim I can do all things through Christ who
one of these Promises of Power. As the task progresses or new strengthens me.—Philippians 4:13
factors enter in, pray again accordingly. And if an unexpected
challenge should present itself, rise up to meet it with God’s
power—pray. Make an effort to do this over the next few
days, and see what a difference prayer makes. ■


Up close and personal

You are special. You’re not just one in a

crowd—you’re special to Me! I know your
every thought. I know you personally, and I
am speaking to you personally now. Ask Me
to speak to you whenever you want, when
you’re up or when you’re down, or even when
you just want some good company. I’m happy
to speak to you on any subject, whenever
you need it.
Tell Me your problems and I will give
you sweet assurance, guidance, and answers.
Unload on Me. I can handle any burden you
place on My shoulders. I will take careful note
of each concern and tenderly handle it. Be
specific so I can answer you specifically. I will
give you all you need, and more. Best of all,
we will enjoy sweet friendship as we spend
time together.
You can come to Me anytime, wherever
you happen to be. You don’t have to worry
that I’ll be too busy or that I won’t want to be
with you. I always want to spend time with
you. I love to spend time with you, and I’d
love to spend more time with you. Whenever
you take a moment with Me, I’ll make things
better. If we could, I’d stay in this quiet place
with you day and night forever!