A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, I’m sin­gle and my friends have been push­ing me to ‘get back in cir­cu­la­tion’ for over a year now, but my most re­cent heart­break has left me too scarred and scared. I’ve turned out to be wrong about Mr. Right time and again. And my lat­est mis­take was the worst: I fell head­over-heels for a guy and trusted him whole­heart­edly— un­til his wife tracked me down and showed me pic­tures of their chil­dren! It’s been over a year since that mor­ti­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and I still feel so aw­ful about it that I won’t let a man get any­where near me. In fact, my girl­friends have dubbed me the ‘Ice Queen’ be­cause of the way I freeze out any­one of the op­po­site sex. My palace is such an achingly lonely place, but as much as I want to step out of it, I’m too afraid. How do I put my heart on the line know­ing it could get crushed again?”

Wis­dom of the Word

There­fore do not throw away your con­fi­dence, which has a great re­ward. For you have need of en­durance, so that when you have done the will of God you may re­ceive what is promised.

—Paul (likely) in an open let­ter, He­brews 10:35–36

We un­der­stand and yet…

When ex­tend­ing our hearts to an­other re­sults in re­jec­tion or be­trayal, we want to with­draw so we won’t get hurt again. To reach out to some­one new, whether emo­tion­ally or spir­i­tu­ally, seems like court­ing an­other painful dis­as­ter. How do we find the courage to take such a risk?

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