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God Fills You and Surrounds You, Your Family and Friends with His Love

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“God Fills You and Surrounds You, Your Family and Friends with His Love” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here is a devotional I wrote as a Lenten devotional for my parish, St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. Thank you to Jim Alvarez who asked me to do a devotional on family and recorded it for me. You can listen to it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3H9v1xbtnxA

God is in you. God created you in his image. He shared a part of himself with you when he made you. He shared his loving qualities with you, your family, and close friends.
God is in your family: your birth parents; those who raised you; those who grew up in the same house with you. He shared his loving qualities with your family. If your original family members do not furnish all your needs, God grows your family. He puts people in your life to meet your needs.
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God is in your friends. Like a magnet, God sends people to be your friends. People with common interests, similar values, experiences, and beliefs. People with whom you feel comfortable. With friends, you spend quality time talking, eating, playing games, and sometimes traveling together to learn your similarities and differences. Some friends are with you for a short season; others are there for a lifetime. These you may consider your close friends.
God is your close friend. God is in each of your close friends. Close friends are like family. They stand by your side. They love and accept you as you are. They tolerate your weaknesses and quirks, like the way you eat sloppy dishes or wear mismatched clothing. They protect you. They provide emotional and spiritual support. They help you acquire wisdom, understanding, and compassion. They are there for you. They not only understand what you say, but interpret your body language accurately. They may be willing to sacrifice time, self, or personal pleasures to help you. Those are Godly attributes. Those are the loving qualities of our God.
Even though you may not talk to your close friends every day, you communicate often. You understand and respect each other. You honor each other’s boundaries. You allow each other to be different, yet consider each other equal. You do things alone and with each other. After a long absence, you pick up right where you left off. You have a strong mutual feeling of trust, loyalty and support. You can see things from each other’s perspective. You walk in each other’s shoes with kindness and understanding. When appropriate, you share guidance and advice. You tell each other the truth, even when it hurts. You may argue and disagree, but you always forgive each other and never hold a grudge. These are the loving qualities of our God.
Life is full of twists and turns. When things go wrong or change, your family members and close friends who are able to adjust to the new conditions stay by your side. They love, honor, and respect you. God is there in you, your family, and your friends. God fills you and surrounds you, your family and friends with his love. Amen.

I hope you enjoyed listening and reading these words. Remember: God Fills You and Surrounds You, Your Family and Friends with His Love!

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Who Is in Your Corner?

“Who Is in Your Corner?” by Joan Y. Edwards

During my 79 years of living, I’ve gone through tough times. You’ve gone through tough times, too. If you’re going through an especially difficult time right now, I hope this will help put a smile back in your spirit. I hope you’ll realize that there are more people in your corner supporting you than you may realize.

Problems can be physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, spiritual or a combination of all of these. Write down the name of the people in your corner. The people you know love you and are willing to help you in any way that they can.


You may or may not have family members to support you. It’s a bummer If you don’t feel close to your family. I am fortunate. I have family members who love me.

What do your family members do to help you? Do they listen? Do they call you? Do they visit you?


Sometimes you have problems that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with your family. Sometimes you feel more at ease with friends. You may find it easier to share problems with your friends. Friends are people who accept you as you are. They are willing to listen to you without judgment.  Write down the names of the friends who are willing to help you. Write down three things your friends do to help you.


Sometimes you need to talk with a professional about a problem. Other times you may want to hire a professional to do a job you no longer want to do or you find you don’t have the energy, skill, or time to do it for yourself. You can hire people to mow your grass, weed your garden, clean your house, fix your car, tow your car, fix your plumbing, wash your hair, do your nails, or cut down trees. Let’s face it. Today you can hire people to do any job you need done. Many are at reasonable prices. Sometimes people will trade off. You do something for them. They do something for you.

Which professionals do you use to help you? What do they do to help support you? Which professionals could you use to help you now?


Co-workers and the people you meet through your job may be part of your support group.  What do people at work and those you met through your job at work do to help you? Name three people from work and how they help support you.


There are lots of resources in communities. Call your local county or city phone number. Tell them what you need. They’ll help direct you to the help you need. Many times after major floods, fires, and other kinds of natural disasters groups of people from different non-profit groups come in to help communities help their members in distress.


Many churches offer help to their parishioners and to others in their communities who need help with everyday problems in times of great distress. Which church groups help you now. Which ones are you going to research for help? Write down three kinds of help you need, who might be able to do it, and their contact information. Write down their response.



For me, this is your base support. Love yourself. Believe in you. Trust that you are going to achieve your goals. Believe that you already have the skills or will learn the skills you need to survive.

You may have an overactive inner critic who gives you a hard time about everything you say and do. At times, it does not support you. When that happens to me, I go to the door and say, “Get out inner critic and don’t come back.”

Of course, my inner critic sneaks back in, but he behaves himself for awhile.

What do you do to help yourself? Write down three things you do to help yourself physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, and financially. Write down three ways you could show more support for yourself.


God is your main supporter. He created you with the ability to learn what you’ve learned. He created you to defeat the problems that creep into your life. He believes in you. He trusts you to be the best that you can be. He wants you to ask him for his help. He is always there for you.

“Ask and you shall receive.” Mark 11:24

“Believe and it will be done unto you.” Matthew 9:29

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Write down three things God has done to help you. Write down three things you would like for God to do to help you.

I hope reading this has given you a new way of looking at your situation. I hope that my post helped you realize that there are more people in your corner supporting you than you thought.

Please leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from you. I am in your corner. I asked God to bless you in a special way so that you realize how much he loves you!

Believe in you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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