Distraught Young Friend

I received a text from a distraught young friend:   “Kathleen, when you were young, what did you do to help calm yourself when your siblings were being mean to you?”

“Hmm.  That was a long time ago.  Actually, I don’t ever remember trying to calm myself.  I think we would just fight it out!  Why do you ask?”

“I am overwhelmed with homework and my brother keeps arguing with me which makes it all worse!”

I wrote, “I suggest for now, you keep your distance from your brother.  Concentrate on one subject at a time.  Most importantly, try to thank God for your situation with your brother. You may even have to grit your teeth to say ‘Thank You, Lord’ but once you do it, peace will follow.”

“Okay. Thanks!”

Two hours later:   “Kathleen, it worked!  I am happy and peaceful!  Thanks again. I love you!”

Whew!  There is great value in knowing God’s Word!  Her question had brought to my mind Philippians 4:6-7…  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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1 Response to Distraught Young Friend

  1. April Boyer says:

    Kathleen, you always have such good, and simple lessons. Good for anyone of any age. I admire your faithfulness to God’s words. Thanks!

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