“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
What a beautiful verse! And I admit I strongly feel the need to really hold on to God’s promises – like in a vice grip of sorts, if only to keep me from tumbling over the cliff of life and into a deep valley of overwhelming despair which means it’s comforting to know that God is indeed living right here among us.
For example, I once travelled to the Dominican Republic to attend a quarterly management meeting with an awesome team of ‘movers and shakers’. As we got started I felt it was truly great to have an infinite supply of ideas, yet my enthusiasm was tempered by this little fact: execution can more often than not become a challenge when resources are finite rather than infinite. We shared our various views around the table and I took as many notes as possible but gradually, I felt as though my poor heart was going to explode out of my chest (quietly however, so as not to disturb the meeting but explode none the less). How would the items on our extra-long To Do List ever be completed within the stipulated deadlines? Continue reading
Today I am inviting you to meet a brave brave son of God who has an immeasurable amount of faith. His words have touched me and I am sure you will be moved by them as well.
He also made me feel ashamed; I have nothing to complain about in my life – nothing at all. On those days when you think life is harder than hard, and thins are rough – read this and remember Bill who suffers from ALS and has unshakeable hope even as he manages to keep the faith … no matter what.
Source: A Dispatch From My Cave
– Charles Spurgeon
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Parenting is challenging. Yet it can be so very rewarding!
It is human to wonder if our children really hear us when we speak to them, if they are taking in the life lessons rather than choosing to go their own rebellious ways and if they will honestly leave us in a senior citizen’s home when we become old and frail and unable to look after ourselves. We sigh when they are stubborn and cry when they cry; we laugh at their jokes and hug them back when they know we know they are being cheeky. Would I exchange being a parent for anything in the world? Definitely not!
But here is an excellent article entitled: “4 Reasons More Is Caught Than Taught” which illustrates some of what parenting truly covers. Take a read and then share your comments, especially if you are a parent.
CAN’T HEAR YOU
If your words don’t match your actions, then your children can’t hear what you’re saying because your actions are drowning out your words. I know, I’ve done it, but this should give us pause to reflect on what we do can be more important than what we say, as experience has proven that more is caught than is taught. They might not do what you say but do what you do, so our examples are of supreme importance.
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
The old expression, “monkey see, monkey do” is perfectly appropriate for parents, foster parents, and grandparents. That expression means that they will repeat what you do and not what you say. Read more
SOME MORE PARENTING TRUTHS 🙂
“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.” ~ James E. Faust
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~ Frederick Douglass
“Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.” ~ Erma Bombeck
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I know I am weak Lord,
so I will allow you to carry me through this valley.
I struggle to think clearly,
so I depend upon your living word to lift me.
I feel such darkness around,
so I look to your light.
I walk with a heavy heart,
so I will give you each burden.
I wonder if my heart can take the strain,
so I rest in your love and peace.
I light a candle tonight to remind me of
the warm glow of your hope in dark places.
The WordPress Photo Challenge Task: This week, share a photo of something marked by its weight — or its air of weightlessness. Show us gravity at its most unforgiving, or most generous. Bricks or feathers. A collapsed ruin or a plane taking off. A heavy piece of old furniture or the flying buttresses of a cathedral. Keep in mind that weight doesn’t even have to be physical: emotions and memories can weigh on us (or lift our spirits) at least as much as real objects.
My Take: Living in a Caribbean island I immediately thought of swimming in our endless blue clear sea as being the ultimate example of weightlessness but then I thought about my life, especially on those days when I am weighed down by decisions and deadlines and drama. Why? Because those days are hard. That’s when I want to give up, to curl up in bed under the covers and let the world go by without me but on the other hand, that’s exactly the time when the prayers, worship and fellowship at my church lift me ‘weightlessly’ up to an amazing place high above whatever’s going on – and for me at the end of the day, it truly is the best place to be.
Can you relate? What lifts you up when you feel most down and out? Would love to hear from you and thanks for visiting 🙂
One of my favourite weight-lifting songs …
… and one of my favourite weight-lifting bible verses
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)
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