My past tells me that no one listens to what I say. Even now that I have friends who love me, care for me, AND listen to me, I let the past get in the way and find it hard to believe. This morning a friend texted me a link to a devotional about the deep roots of bitterness, an issue I’ve been praying about recently. The devo is great and I sure need it, but the reminder that someone listened to me and thought about me was what I really needed. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Jesus, thank You for my praying friends. Please help me to remember that I don’t have to live in my past any longer. Thank You for my friends who want me to succeed, who will help me up when I fall, who don’t want me to fall. Thank You for reminding me just how blessed I am on this journey with You!