Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For September 23rd

Happy Friday, Team!

Can you feel it? Can you feel the coolness in the air? It’s wonderful! I believe the earth knew it was September and automatically stopped the scorching heat we experienced over the last month. But I noticed it right away! The minute I walked out of my door for the 4 am run, I felt the gush of cool air. I was giddy as each morning got a bit cooler.

Only a few weeks ago, I would walk out, and it would be 82 degrees at 4 am, and I knew I would be drenched from head to toe by the time I returned home. Well, thank God for the cooler weather. I love the heat, but I welcome the change in seasons.

This week has been another kind of season change. Although I know departing this world is inevitable, losing someone is hard. It’s strange that I only knew this woman via social media, but she was one of the most positive people with whom I had the pleasure of interacting. For several years, she was there with me every morning as I posted my daily “thought for today.” Suddenly, she wasn’t there anymore. I felt this dread in my stomach, just knowing what had happened. I have experienced this over the years; one day, they are there, and then they are gone. When I check on them, a family member gives me the news. I was again devastated to hear the news this week. I was sad, yet I was comforted knowing she knew Jesus. Because of that one fact, I rejoice!

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up what was planted. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to weep, and time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather the stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; a time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

What season are you in with them right now? Whatever happens in your life, know someone is there to walk through it with you. As a family at LSSSC, I want you to know that you can count on us. God bless you as you enter this weekend. I pray you to experience lots of laughter and deep joy. See you back next week!

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  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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