Archive | March 2012

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consider.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.

They do not labor. God clothes them.

How much more does He

care for you?

Matthew 6

goodness.

If you’ve been told that your pain is because God is trying to teach you a lesson, think about this:

…the goodness of God leads you to repentance. Romans 2:4

Yup, it’s true. If God is trying to get your attention, He uses the good stuff to do it. I suppose it’s something like  “you catch more bees with honey than vinegar”.

Do you think the Creator of the Universe is confined to a lesson?  That He sits in Heaven just waiting for you to slip up so He can whack you? Or lecture you? Never!  He is going to reveal His powerful love in the brilliance of the clear night sky, the delicate petals of purple tulips, or one of those really, really big snowflakes that seems to fall in slow motion.

All around us the earth points to a God who loves variety, color, texture, and fragrance!  His desire is for you to be mesmerized by his world and see Him in it. And if that isn’t enough, He knows how to bring goodness to your life. No matter where you are in the world, there is some kind of goodness that He bestows upon people.  The child in a war-torn country chases a butterfly. He has little and may surely be hurting, but manages a smile . The tired soldier, far away from home, smiles as he watches an army of ants carry crumbs three times their size to the nest.

Even in the midst of hardship, a smile can happen.

God is bigger than anyone’s opinion. His love is unconditional.

care.

Sometimes we think the pain is our fault.

Sometimes people tell us it’s our fault.

Then we have more pain.

Let me tell you what God says.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8

God calls Himself the Heavenly Father.

Father.

That may bring more pain if you didn’t have a father, your father was cruel, or your father was absent. Nevertheless, God is a good father.

There is pain in life. It’s just the way it is. God never promised there wouldn’t be pain. He promised that He would be with us in the pain.

God knows every awkward moment, embarrassment, and frustration.

When you were abandoned, rejected, mocked, and hated.

And when you were afraid, sick, neglected, and abused.

Each time your heart was broken … he counted your tears.

That, is a good Father.

assurance.

He’s got the whole world ..

                                                                                                                                                                                        .. in His hands.

rest.

When we have physical pain, we rest.

When we have emotional pain, we don’t rest.

The world is busy, busy, busy. It used to be said,  New York City is “the city that never sleeps”. Today, the whole world never sleeps and is awake with television all night (I remember when stations went off the air!), the internet, and being able to communicate all hours of the night with social networking. We push through too much and will suffer for it.

The only one who will get you off the treadmill is you.

Other cultures deal with pain quite differently than Americans. Given that we are all human, perhaps we should take note of it and learn. I realize we still have to live in our 24/7 world and cannot take a siesta in the middle of the day! (although power naps, if they can be fit in, work wonders).

Emotional pain is not visible. You may make some people in your life unhappy but you have to take care of yourself. That doesn’t mean becoming a recluse, either. Yet, you must find balance. Only you know how you feel and managing your time is essential in order to heal.

We live in a society that is full of hope and encouragement – ready to take on anything. This is good, but don’t be someone you’re not just to please others.

Rest when you need it.

treasures.

Memories ebb and flow, washing upon the shore of our mind. Sometimes the tide comes in uninvited, carrying debris with it. If we allow the debris to lodge in our minds, we can become laden down with self-pity, discouragement, and depression.

The tide will go out. And with it, the debris.

But look! There are some surprising treasures that the tide brought with it. If you look carefully, you will find them.

Pain does not have to drown us.  God knows we do not have the strength to tread water for long. He brings reprieve in the form of little joys that will make us smile in the midst of even deep sorrow.

The cheery song of a robin brings an end to cold winter days.

The summer breeze is welcomed on a hot, humid day.

The rich autumn colors warm our hearts even when the sky is gray.

The gentle falling snowflakes quiet our troubled hearts.

All will be well.