April 2017

Dear Friend,

I know you’ve heard this expression—“Bloom where you are planted”—and although you won’t find it in Scripture, you’ll find something very similar in Philippians 4:12:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.

Blooming where you are planted happens when you learn the secret of being content.  Note that the Apostle had to learn this secret, and I find that I must re-learn it time and again.  But it is well-worth learning, even if it isn’t easy, because it is the secret to joyful and stress-free living.

If you want to know this “secret of being content in any and every situation,” try this simple suggestion.  Frequently ask yourself, “What difference will this make in eternity?”  This will give you an eternal perspective, and that changes the way you look at everything and everyone.  I’ve practiced this for years and I can testify that, when I remember to practice this “secret,” it is transformational.  Give it a try!

Here’s a testimony from someone who is learning this secret:

Thank you so much for your article titled “Coping with Loneliness.”  It has really blessed my life.  It has differentiated between loneliness and being alone.  Great lessons!  I thought being without a companion was the reason for my loneliness.  God bless you!

She is learning to be content with her singleness—a lesson I had to learn many years ago. When you are intentional about learning to be content, then you’re going to blossom right where you are, even if it’s not exactly where you want to be. I hope the enclosed card will serve as a reminder of this secret of contentment.

Thanks for your continued support.  We are grateful once again for God’s provisions over the thirty-three years of this ministry.

Grace and peace,

Mary Lowman


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