Are there ever times when you are overwhelmed by the people in your life?  Overwhelmed in a good way, I mean.  Overwhelmed by their love, kindness, willingness to go the extra mile in the spirit of friendship and fellowship?

That’s happening to me right now.  And I am indeed overwhelmed, feeling so blessed and so grateful to have these friends in my life.
I’m not always good at reaching out.  I tend to be a private person, and it takes a lot for me to open up.  I don’t ever want to be the one that when my friends see my caller ID, they groan because there’s something else I need.  I think that’s why I sometimes hesitate to ask for help.  I never want to burden my friends.  Yet, I want my friends to lean on me if they have a need. In the long run, it really is a two-way street. 

It’s taken me a little while to learn this lesson: to open up, to trust, and just to share.  But right now, I’m feeling the blessings and the love, and the goodness of God that is coming from the friends and family around me, just because we’ve taken the time to share together and trust. 

I love that God brings people into our lives just when we need them…and most times when we least expect them.

So, take a moment and reach out to someone.  Even if it’s through email or a Facebook post.  Let them know you care.  Then you’ll find that it is true:  It is so much more fun to give than to receive!
Happy Christmas, friends!

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