#slowitdownSunday / if we could sit on a park bench together, here’s what I’d say

If you and I could be together tonight, I’d invite you to #slowitdownSunday and join me for a few moments on this park bench:

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I’d wrap my arms around you and tell you to breathe.

I’d tell you that this storm won’t last forever.

I’d remind you that by His stripes we are healed and that He can take away the pain.

I’d tell you that you are stronger than you know and that you will get through this.

I’d tell you not to give up.

I’d tell you that you are not forgotten.

I’d remind you of the little things that God is in every single day that you might not see.

I’d smile and listen.

I’d make you a cup of Santa’s White Christmas coffee – because that is my favorite and you would LOVE IT!

I’d drink a cold little bottle of Mountain Dew – because I haven’t had one in over 3 weeks!!!

I would remind you that you have a friend and that I’m here no matter what you’re going through.

I’d pray with you that God’s hope would begin to shine in your eyes like the morning sunrise peeking over the mountains.

I’d share with you how I wrote a blog post on how I respond to people and before I could even hit publish, I’d had the most awful responses to my daughters and husband ever. And then I sat and pouted and took a bath and cried.

I’d remind you that tomorrow is another day and that we all need second chances. And third chances. And however many…

I’d tell you that I care.

I’d let you know you are not alone.

I’d invite you to lean on me.

And then I’d sing this song to you and do the motions that we do in Children’s Church like some crazy person – and hope that no one else in the park notices the happy lady dancing on the park bench 🙂

“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on”

– Lean on Me by Bill Withers

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

Proverb of the Day:
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. [Proverbs 22:11 ESV]


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11 replies to “#slowitdownSunday / if we could sit on a park bench together, here’s what I’d say

  1. Oh Starr, You don’t know how much I needed to hear that. I think you have some sort of telepathy for empathy. That wonderful job? Lasted one day(more later). I am still in shock and struggling with this. I have saved this as I need to be reminded every day that others are praying for me. You are a blessing indeed. Gina H

    1. Gina, if you had walked with me all day today you’d have heard so many conversations of friends that are struggling right now. And then you’d hear the talk in my own head of things I’m facing as well. On my drive home tonight all I could think about was how I wanted all of us to remember that we aren’t alone and that we are in this together and above all that you are loved! I’m so thankful these words encouraged you, friend! I’m continuing to pray that God opens the perfect doors for you and that He gives you strength and peace!

  2. I feel like you wrote this just for me! I would sit with you on that park bench with coffee or Mountain Dew and listen to you too. There is always tomorrow but don’t forget to ask for forgiveness when it is needed today. Smile!

    1. Amen to that! You have been on my mind all day. That was a great Sunday School class this morning. Thank you for jumping off the cliff and helping us all form relationships to be encouragers and accountability for each other! Love u!

      1. Thanks! I am thankful for the opportunity to be apart of our church family and for God to use me. 5:08 came super early today. We will start with short prayers as I kept dozing off.😊

  3. Oh my gosh. I desperately needed to hear this, all of it. I’ve got a lot of “demons” in my life right now that I can’t seem to shake. Thank you for sharing and reminding me that “this storm won’t last forever.” Please whisper a prayer for me.

    1. I absolutely will, Justin! Thank you for commenting and I’m praying that God will take you a step closer to Him each day. There aren’t any demons or storms too big for our God!

  4. Thanks Starr. You always know exactly what say. Love you. Thank you for being faithful and writing this blog. It lifts me up.

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