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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Tuesday, November 12 2019

Where are the places that you have time to reflect?

 

This past weekend, I spent time at Amicalola Falls on our Women's Retreat. Each year, I enjoy the opportunity to explore the landscape on a hike. While I was hiking on Saturday, I had some time to reflect on things I had heard and read over the past few weeks and consider how that might impact my journey forward.

 

An author I enjoy, Rachel Macy Stafford, shared in an interview about a study with college athletes. They were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play." Upon reflection, she realized the amazing way this response then connected with her own children.

 

As I thought more about it, this phrase, "I love to watch you..." can apply to all parts of our relationships. When our first thought may be criticism, instead may we start with affirmation. When our first thought is competition, instead may we start with collaboration. When our first thought is there is not enough, maybe we start with there's more than enough.

 

As you go into this week, when you encounter loved ones or strangers, notice things that you love first and say them out loud.

 

Prayer for Today

Gracious God, Thank you for the gift of love that you show to us and invite us to share. Guide as we notice your love this week. In Christ's Name, Amen.

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