Last year I purchased an amplified Bible. I had no idea how much it would help me with comprehension and definitions but it has become my go-to Bible for studying.

A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend in casual conversation how much I have enjoyed my AMP Bible but that I wish I had gotten the study one instead.

Yesterday she called me to tell me she had a gift for me.

There are people that come in to our lives that will tear us down. Then there are people that come in to our lives that will build us up and want to help us grow in to who God has created us to be. Surround yourself with these sort of people. Love the ones that tear you down. Pray for them. Be kind but keep safe boundaries. They need to be shown grace and mercy just like we do – but the ones that invest in your spiritual well being – keep them close.

Very close.

Find the good in others – build each other up. Show love, mercy, and grace.

And let’s be kind.

I Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.