“Sure. I can do that!”
That was my answer when Pastor Rodney asked if I’d host the table Lake City Church was sponsoring at the Open Arms annual fund raising dinner. Open Arms Pregnancy Center and Real Choices Clinic in Coeur d’Alene is a ministry that helps women and men seeking support for pregnancy-related services. The organization is filled with dedicated staff, committed to life, compassion, and grace. They also seem dedicated to demonstrating the love of Jesus with authentic, practical acts of service.
Every minute of the fund-raising evening inspired my husband and me.
The highlight of the night was listening to a woman named Julie. Julie explained she was born with Down’s Syndrome, which means she was born with an extra chromosome. She called this The Love Chromosome. *
During Julie’s talk, she told us that people born with Down’s Syndrome are slow to learn. Then she made a statement, which for a moment took my breath away. Her precious words seared my soul:
“I’d rather be slow to learn than slow to love!”
Many times I’ve described myself as a spiritually ‘slow learner.’ Julie’s words challenge me to ask:
Am I slow to learn important spiritual lessons because I’m slow to share the love God so generously gives me?
I’ll be pondering this question a lot!
..let us devote ourselves to loving one another. Love comes straight from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and truly knows God. (John 4:7 The Voice)
Please remind me when I am being slow to love.
Teach me how to show the love you shower on me and help me be
Quick to Love!
Blessings on your journey of loving quickly…
*(To learn more about Julie and her business called “I Love My Life,” check out