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September '14

"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."

—3 John 1:2 (NIV)

Reflection:

We sometimes overlook our good health, don't we? Not until we come down with a summer flu, or fall and break a wrist, or something alters our usually healthy state, do we realize what we typically take for granted.

Isn't that the way most of life is, as well? When things are unruffled, going smoothly, we may not be as aware of God's hand of provision in our lives. And our soul can languish. Our body and soul require constant attention and care. Talking to the Lord each day and reading His Word are two obvious ways to feed our souls. Singing hymns and spiritual songs lift our spirits, too. Sharing the goodness of God with others, as an encouragement, is also vital to a healthy soul. And thinking on good, wholesome, and lovely things, as well.

I've been looking forward to my upcoming Fall 2014 Book Tour to Pennsylvania (with one stop in Maryland), and I'm reminded that the Lord gave me a rich spiritual heritage. And I am truly thankful. Going home to Lancaster County is always a joyful time, a time of reflection, of remembering the grace of God in my life and work--of growing up in a minister's home, being taught the Scriptures at an early age, seeing the Fruit of the Spirit lived out before my eyes each day by my parents, and, best of all, answering my Savior's call at the age of six.

I'm eager to meet you during this special tour, if you live near or in the area. I'll share the stories of God's providence and Amish lore.

So thankful for your prayers for each other, and for my writing ministry.

Blessings,

Beverly Lewis