Browsing: Latest Little Letter from Lara

Dear friend, “I look up to her,” a homeless friend told a friend of mine as she spoke to my friend about me. Yes, you read that right. My homeless friend was telling my friend how she looks up to me. In the past, I might have wanted that. I might have even craved that. The love, approval, acceptance, validation,…

Dear friend, ……. I am totally blown away by the amount of brokenness I am seeing everywhere I turn from on the streets in my ministry work to the news to telephone conversations with friends and strangers to my own story and heartache due to the wrongdoing of others and on and on. I shouldn’t be surprised, of course, because…

Dear friend, ……… “Just because she’s mean to you, Mr. Simeon, doesn’t mean you have to be mean to her,” I told paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon about his sister paralyzed dog Miss Mercy. What can I say? A dark, rainy kind of afternoon. A long day. Tired. Too much chocolate. Sugar crash. Lots of ministry day after day. I have…

Dear friend, ……….. Someone I know shared with me how his dear elderly friend was found dead. The great loss made him think of his own mortality and how he sensed that his death might not be too far into the future. He had long ago turned from a lifestyle of sin, believed in Jesus Christ as Lord who died…

Dear friend, ………… Years ago I was offended because two friends didn’t want to do something I wanted to do to honor the Lord. I felt what I wanted to do honored the Lord. They felt it did not. We became divided over the issue……. All these years later, I realize three things. First, we shouldn’t have been divided. We…

Dear friend, ……….. I stood on a street corner praying with two street preachers I had just met as I walked the streets of New York City following the leading of the Lord when hands came down and rested on my shoulders as another stranger joined us in prayer. None of us knew each other. The Lord had simply led…

Dear friend, ………. Ever had anyone really hurt you and then not acknowledge what the person did let alone apologize? I have had that experience a number of times in my life, and, honestly, it never gets any easier when it comes to the hurt. But there is something SO BEAUTIFUL I have discovered that can happen when it occurs.…

Dear friend, ………. When I was growing up, my beloved Mom told me the best way to make a decision is to write out a list of pros and cons. Probably many people would quickly agree. After all, shouldn’t we figure out why we should and shouldn’t do something in order to know how to proceed? There may well be…

Dear friend, ……… The Lord’s will and ways don’t always make sense to us, but I’ve long since learned it really doesn’t matter. Whether or not we understand why God commands, calls, desires, and leads us to do what He wants us to do whether in the big picture or simply day by day really isn’t the point. What matters…

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