Three word sentences can change your life.
If you heard …
Congratulations, you’re hired!
or Hurrah, you’re pregnant!
or You’re cancer free!
It would dramatically change your life, wouldn’t it?
Several years ago, Mr. 4-Ever (that’s my man) and I joined a dinner party group.
At first, we just got together to eat and play games. We talked about the weather or the game or our kid’s latest escapades. It’s grown into a safe haven, a place to share new recipes as well as life’s triumphs and challenges.
It’s so special, we don’t post pictures on Facebook or tweet about our time together. It would feel like a breach of privacy.
I LOVE YOU
There is a bond between us that blossomed from casual conversation to committed comrades. The three word sentence, I LOVE YOU is heard often.
When a kid acts up or a basement floods or sickness strikes, the three word sentence I NEED HELP is responded to with love, compassion, meals and prayers.
Occasionally in this group a toe gets stepped on, feelings get hurt, the teasing gets carried away, or a personality comes on too strong – and there’s an issue.
Three word sentences restore balance and relationships.
I’M SO SORRY. PLEASE FORGIVE ME.
Just like that, defenses come down and hearts soften. Another three word sentence redeems the situation.
I FORGIVE YOU.
When all is restored and hugs are exchanged, sighs of relief are exhaled, the cycle is completed with the three word sentence that started it all.
I LOVE YOU!
The same three word sentences that created the sanctuary for our little group will work like magic in your marriage, with your kids, your extended family and your friends.
In this time of unease and quarantines, God has a three word sentence for you.
BE NOT AFRAID.
When people feel threatened, they often become irrational. Fearful people cannot represent Jesus accurately. They make poor choices and say mean things.
As the frenzy about the coronavirus continues to escalate, do not lose your mind. Take precautions. Don’t lick anyone. Wash your hands. Remember whose hands you are in. BE NOT AFRAID. God is still on the throne.
Prayer: Lord God, bring the craziness and the coronavirus to its end. Rule your land and guide your people. We praise you for who you are. You, Lord are in charge of all things and over all things. We praise you Lord that you are HEALER, and KING, and SHEILD, and LORD OF ALL.
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
Ps. 34:1-5 NIV
Restore peace to the nations.
In Jesus Name I pray, amen.