Sole Comfort

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Charles Schulz penned a Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy sits atop his doghouse wondering “Who comforts the comforter?”  I can’t even tell you how many friends have sent that to me over the years.

The first few times I received it, I laughed uncomfortably.  They were all emailed or snail-mailed or Facebook messaged with little notes saying things like, “Take time to fill up your own tank, too.” and “Who’s helping YOU through this?”.

The next time or two that this cartoon drifted into my inbox, I sat up and took notice.

It slowly dawned on me that in all of my desire to comfort and encourage others, I had missed how necessary it was to accept comfort for myself!

Although there are sweet friends who have done a lion’s share of comforting over the years, my sole source is God.  It is He who stands with me and for me, and never leaves me to stand alone.

It is He who provides the experiences that allow me to then pour comfort out onto others.

And that is a gift.

Yes, indeedy!

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)

I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker , and all of the writer hearts that join her, for her Five Minute Friday write.  The only rules are to write on a one-word prompt that she gives for five minutes and to encourage a couple of other brave souls who have shared as well.  If you’re curious what others thought of when they heard the word “comfort”, just click the button below. 

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16 thoughts on “Sole Comfort

  1. Such a great thought/ perspective. I love how the word prompts take people down so many different trails…..I love your blog!! You speak with such a clear and honest and likeable voice.

  2. What a cute blog! You are hilarious! Yes indeedy. 🙂 Yes, we need to take time to get comforted and to fill our tanks up…especially if we are giving out of ourselves a lot. Girfriends, time with Jesus, etc….blessings to you. Love your blog! Found you at FMF.

  3. Loved this post. I do the same thing. Somebody needs a ride to the doctor or to sit all day with them throught outpatient surgery, I’m your girl. But when I’m in the situation and somebody offers, oh no, that’s okay. I’ll be fine. Lol.

  4. Dear Missy
    I always say that if we haven’t experienced pain or specific trail, we should rather just hold someone who is going through pain and zip the lip. One thing that I cannot stand is when people try to comfort you with Scripture verses when you feel your heart is going to break of sorrow and you urgently need a shoulder to cry on and someone to make you a nice cup of tea!
    Blessings, dear friend
    Mia

  5. Great reminder to fill up our tanks, how can we pour out to others if we are not filled up?? I am becoming a better comforter as I allow God to strip away my self reliance. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Finally I am catching up on your last ten posts! I got up early. I miss our talks. We need to set one up soon. And, yes, you are a comforter. Your texted prayer made me cry and touched me heart when I was in a dark moment. Love you.

  7. And I don’t doubt for one minute that you are the one they all run to in times of need. Rock on sister. You are the best. And you’ve got it goin’ on – right in the palm of His hand. I’d expect to find you nowhere else. Thanks for sharing today. It’s always a good thing to read a little Miss Indeedy before bed. 😉

  8. This is the second time I’ve seen that verse and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Thank you for the reminder to step back when I need to and fill my tank. To press in to God. I forget this too, sometimes.

  9. Missy, I love that verse! And it is so true we can’t give out without being filled ourselves. But He is so amazingly able to give us so much more than we need…and it is so good to know His willingness to comfort us. ANd empower us…

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