How often, I wonder, do we rush through life, so abrasive and short with people because we are “busy”, in a “hurry”.  Is it worth it?  I think not.  I know that far too often we wound the ones we love by thoughtlessness.  Words spewed forth in the midst of frustration are seldom loving, healing words.  Instead, they wound and show how little we esteem the ones we love.  
 “Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”
 I need to be reminded to give someone an extra dose of grace today, to speak an encouraging word instead of being critical.  Love is not just telling someone on their birthday or holidays why we appreciate them.  Love does that, too, but the reality of love is seen in the daily grind- in patience, kindness, graciousness, forgiveness, thoughtfulness.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  [John 13: 34-35]



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  1. Hello to all of the Bontrager's
    Loving each-other is hard. Its excspecial hard loving the people in yout family because your with your family all the time. I love my family so much! Its hard to love my dad and my sister they are the ones that teach me self-control. When they make me mad or do something hurtful i treat them as if they were JESUS.
    In Christ,

  2. Thanks Allison for that wonderful post!!! So true!!! And I <3 the pics!!! Miss you guys… pray for you allot… I can't imagine being so busy like you all are, but God is with you each step of the way!!! <3 Mary Anne Ebersole

  3. A very heart-warming reminder. Thanks for sharing. Great photos. Many things may seem difficult for us to achieve, but we must always remember that with God all things are possible. So, we must keep praying…

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