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Patricia Schneider June 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

Terrific article with Scripture, Crystal!
Love the sentence, “….but we hold fast to the conviction that God is in control, and He uses our pain to grow us up in the faith.”
How’s your wonderful family doing these Spring days, Crystal?
Oodles of God’s blessings upon you and your family!
Love, your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Crystal McDowell June 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for your words, Pat. We are fine as our lives aren’t so crazy as it was a month ago. God bless! Crystal

Aimee June 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

My friends all left me, without a reason. I asked them whether I did wrong to them, thought that I would apologize if I did wrong to them, they confirmed saying nothing wrong. Then why on earth their attitude changed towards me — they ignored me? This article helps me. Thanks…

Crystal McDowell June 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Dear Aimee,

Thanks so much for commenting. I know how you feel about the loss of friendships. If you want to check out my blog: crystalmcdowellspeaks.blogspot.com. My very first entry “Repairing the Breach” touches on this very issue. I’m also working on an article about friendships and women. But there are also 2 very good books that I’ve read “Friendships for Grown-Ups” by Lisa Whelchel and “The Friendships of Women” by Dee Brestin. God has given me a lot of peace when my heart is broken from the loss of a good friend. I pray that He give you much comfort even in those hurting days. God bless! Crystal

Aimee June 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Could it be that the loneliness in our lives or the conflicts in our relationships are the result of an underlying spirit of discontentment? or other reasons? Ref (At Jacob’s request, they buried him next to Leah in the cave of Machpelah in Hebron beside Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Rebekah (Gen. 49:29-31; 50:13). Rachel lies alone.) How do we know the reasons?Do I need to know the reasons or just live it without questioning?

Crystal McDowell June 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Dear Aimee,
I don’t know if I can really say that discontentment is a result of loneliness. I know that we can be alone and not lonely because Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us. Your question reminds me of how often Jesus went to “lonely places” to pray. I believe there is a time for fellowship and there is a time to be alone. Our Father in heaven knows our hearts and meets our desires according to His will. I would advise you to use this precious season of testing to spend more time in prayer and Bible study with your Father. He really does love you and wants the best for you during this time of adversity. God bless.

Aimee June 10, 2013 at 3:47 am

Thank you Crystal. Cheers.

Patricia Schneider June 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

Crystal, your replies to Aimee are right on the spot! (Glad my “reply to Aimee” was dismissed now. I’m definitely not “qualified” to give the superb advice you gave her! Had overlooked you asking Aimee to check your blog. So sorry, Crystal. Thankful WCWTK “moderates” replies. It would have been a “foot in my mouth,” for sure! LOL!)
Oodles of God’s blessings for you, Crystal, and your family!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Crystal McDowell June 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

God bless you Patty for your continued encouragement. I appreciate your understanding for the post. The Lord holds you in His hand.
Love in Christ,

TukaiNaca June 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm

What a great lesson and it reveals my ‘own’ struggle and the good news I learn in this lesson from Jacob is that we cannot change ourselves and only God can! In the midst of our struggle, life’s wilderness God knows better as he searches the heart and mind,wow in God’s way He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Crystal McDowell June 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Amen! Thanks for your comment.

God bless,

Patricia Schneider June 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Gracious, do I have a dumb habit of “over-looking” things, Crystal! Your blog, for instance?
Just read over your page for April 5-June 15, 2013. WOW!!! Incredibly insightful, Crystal! Our Heavenly Father has truly blessed you w/writing skills. And the suggestions to read others’ writings and books I truly appreciated.
Give you hubby a Happy Father’s Day greeting & a hug for me! OK?
Oodles of God’s blessings for you, Crystal, and your family!
Love, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

Crystal McDowell June 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thanks Pat! You’re a great encourager.

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