Chapter Six - Lessons Learned

This story holds relevant and significant symbolism for women today. Any woman who is single, has lost her husband through death or divorce, or has an absent husband due to service, work, or other circumstances, can feel the depth of this woman’s vulnerability. Both Joy and I married men whose positions kept them away from home frequently. This gave us profound compassion and understanding for each other.

Joy lived by the principles in this story that kept this woman and her offspring blessed by God. She believed the glass was half full and not half empty. What you feed grows, and she fed thoughts of ample supply and not inadequate lack. She stayed close to God’s church, and she was obedient and trusted God in her time of greatest need when things looked the worst. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Co 9:6-7).

Joy has consistently given a good attitude and a lot of love, regardless of the circumstances. I have learned that I have the freedom to choose how I will respond in attitude and action to any given situation. If I want friends, I have to be a friend and not let little things bother me.

When I feel unloved, then I start giving love, regardless of how I feel. Joy is needy with God and needy before other people, but she expects that need to be filled by God and not other people. God created the opposite of the ‘vicious cycle’. He created His cycle of Life to take its place. If you love Me, keep My commandments (Jo 14:15). If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love (Jo 15:10). So if I love Him, I’ll obey and if I obey, I’ll love Him.

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