Posted by: Anne | July 14, 2018

working toward something beautiful

Something Beautiful
by Steven Curtis Chapman

I see you sitting over there with your head in your hands
And the mess life’s made of your best laid plans.
You really want to shake your fist
But you don’t know who to blame.
Well you can blame yourself or the man upstairs
Or the guy on the screen who says he cares,
But all the shame and the blame won’t change a thing.
What’s done is done,
But grace has just begun.

And God says
I’m gonna turn it into something different
I’m gonna turn it into something good
I’m gonna take all the broken pieces
And make something beautiful like only I could


Lyrics: found on Google.

Hear the full song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIfdDLXuuUg

Hear Steven talk about the song:
http://thefishoc.com/content/music/steven-curtis-chapman-something-beautiful-about-the-song

Steven Curtis Chapman’s website:
http://stevencurtischapman.com/

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Posted by: Anne | June 30, 2018

embrace your freedom… to choose joy

When life is hard, heartbreaking or even just disappointing, it’s easy to start disliking life altogether.

A couple years ago, due to circumstances beyond my control and out of my power to change, I felt stuck. Not only in a difficult situation, but in a new phase of life I didn’t want to be in. A life which was filled with heartache and disappointment and fears.

Perhaps you can relate. Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out like we thought it would, and it stinks. In fact, it’s not fair. It’s not deserved. It’s not right. Questions flood our minds and crush our spirits. Questions like …. What is God thinking? Does He not see? Does He not hear my prayers? Why is this happening? And am I ever going to feel happy again?

We’ve probably all been there at one time or another. It is those times of feeling stuck when we have to choose how we’re going to live our life – in joy or in misery. Are we going to let our circumstances and other people dictate our joy and happiness, or are we going to take control of it and live life with joy?

– Tracie Miles, Author

Read more at the sources:
http://traciemiles.com/when-youre-stuck-not-loving-your-life/

https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/06/22/when-youre-stuck-not-loving-your-life

Posted by: Anne | June 23, 2018

more than meets the… emotions

When circumstances threaten to paralyze us, maybe we can start with the fact that *feeling* as if we have no choice is not the same as *having* no choice.


See also: “Nothing More Than Feelings”
https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/nothing-more-than-feelings/

Posted by: Anne | June 16, 2018

weeping comes, but so does joy

Reject suicide and embrace God — Weeping comes, but so does joy
by Max Lucado

We’ve never been more educated. We have tools of technology our parents could not have dreamed of. We are saturated with entertainment and recreation. Yet more people than ever are orchestrating their own departure. How could this be? And what can we do?

Suicide victims battled life’s rawest contests. They often faced a mental illness or physical illnesses and felt the peril of mental fatigue. What you and I take for granted, they coveted. Optimism. Hope. Confidence that all would be well – that they would be well.

Their clouds had no silver linings. Their storms had no rainbows.

If that describes the way you feel, can I urge you to consider one of the great promises of the Bible? The promise begins with this phrase: “Weeping may last through the night” (Ps. 30:5).

Of course, you knew that much. You didn’t need to read the verse to know its truth. Weeping can last through the night. Weeping may last through the night, and the next night and the next.

This is not news to you.

But this may be: “Joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Despair will not rule the day. Sorrow will not last forever. The clouds may eclipse the sun, but they cannot eliminate it. Night might prolong the dawn, but it cannot defeat it. Morning comes. Not as quickly as we want. Not as dramatically as we desire. But morning comes, and, with it, comes joy. Joy comes.

Joy comes because God comes.


Read the full article at the source:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/06/09/max-lucado-reject-suicide-and-embrace-god-weeping-comes-but-so-does-joy.html

Posted by: Anne | June 9, 2018

when the journey seems too tough, talk about it

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
― Anthony Bourdain, from “No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach”


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

http://anthemofhope.org/

https://groundwire.net/chat/#page

https://www.desiringgod.org/topics/suicide/all

https://billygraham.org/story/godly-wisdom-for-suicide-prevention/

Posted by: Anne | June 2, 2018

the tough love of refinement

Did you know that when gold is found in the earth, it doesn’t look anything like the beautiful gold we see in jewelry stores? In fact, gold doesn’t become beautiful until the gold pieces are refined in a hot fire.

This process burns away any impurities, and beauty comes forth.

The same can be true in our lives as well.

Hard times have a way of refining us in ways that fruitful seasons cannot. In difficult seasons, God prunes back the sharp places of our hearts and creates new fertile soil to sow new strength into us. God uses these times of refinement to produce a beautiful relationship that we will treasure in the end.

The refiner’s fire brings forth gold, and gold is a treasure.

~ Proverbs 31 Ministries
https://proverbs31.org/read

Posted by: Anne | May 26, 2018

freedom is not free

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” — Thomas Campbell

SEE ALSO:
https://agmoos.com/2016/05/30/the-patriots-blood-is-the-seed-of-freedoms-tree/

MORE QUOTES:
https://www.babble.com/mom/15-powerful-quotes-of-war-in-honor-of-memorial-day/

Posted by: Anne | May 19, 2018

live it out: waiting well

* Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)

* Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)

* Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)

Read more at the source:
http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/wait-expectantly-for-god-to-answer

 

Posted by: Anne | May 13, 2018

like a rock

“Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Read more at the source:
https://utmost.org/classic/the-passion-of-patience-classic/

Posted by: Anne | May 5, 2018

don’t the let ingredients obscure the cake

People pray for cake. Then when God gives them batter, eggs, oil, icing, a pan and an oven, they get frustrated and leave the kitchen.

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