Sometimes, giving out of your pain seems unattainable. That’s because you are looking to do great things.
Did you know that Jesus said the least in the kingdom is the greatest? In other words, we often look for the biggest and brightest and best of everything – when God almost always picks the smallest, and dimmest, and the least of everything.
Jesus was born in a barn. Not a castle.
Your giving can be useless and small in your eyes, but it’s a sacrifice God takes note of.
And you know something? It seems to be the secret to soothing your hurting heart.
I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not
lose his reward.
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Some people have been hurt in church. It’s the last place you’d expect it.
Some people have remarked with a quip: “There’s no perfect church!”
Well, it’s not funny.
It is true that people are not perfect.
It is not true that people are not perfect
enough to say “I’m sorry”.
If you’ve been hurt in a church, you may have turned away from God.
Don’t. You will feel worse.
It’s not God’s fault.
And you’re right.
The people in a church should have
and a love
not seen anywhere else.
You be different.
Give to others out of your pain. It’s like giving yourself what you were not given.
And watch what happens.
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Take a step back from the situation that’s bringing you distress.
And put it in proper perspective.
We think big – but we actually think very small.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
Only then will you find peace of mind.
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“The earth seen from Apollo 17”
Not feeling much like being thankful? I know. When everything around you is painful, being thankful is not in your mind. And even if you think about being thankful, the fact is you don’t want to be.
And a picture of a sunset or snowflake or flower won’t do a thing for you. Not when you’re feeling some deep loss or despair.
Feel the pain. It’s okay.
But lift your tear stained face off that pillow for a minute and breathe. You see the now. But there is a tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. Don’t let the sorrow consume you to the point of not wanting to live. Just as quickly as that pain stormed down the door and pounced on you – it can leave just as quickly.
The Psalms are full of the heart cries of sorrow. Yet, in the end, the psalmist concludes his pain is bigger than him to handle. The solution for the pain he cannot contain is turning toward God and saying – yet I will trust in You.
There is something to be thankful for. Something.
Abraham Lincoln gave a proclamation to the American people during the Civil War. Despite a time of severe sorrow and loss, he leads the country in establishing our national holiday on the last Thursday of November, and called it Thanksgiving. What? How can this be?
This wasn’t a war fought in a foreign country. It was right under the noses of the American people. The battlefields could not be ignored. They were stained with human flesh and blood from the slaughtered sons and fathers who never came home. Surely, our nation’s cries of angst echoed in the heavens up to God’s ears. And it took someone such as President Lincoln, who spent many private moments grappling in the darkness of his soul, to lead the nation to do the right thing. The thing that makes no sense. But the thing that would bring relief, comfort, and peace for an aching heart.
Finding something to be thankful for is not avoiding or ignoring the pain. It is the secret to getting through the pain and seeing your inability to handle it alone. It is the secret to knowing the God you’ve heard about.
Being thankful won’t make the pain go away. But it will help you through it. Abraham Lincoln must have known that.
There are days – even weeks – when it feels like you’re walking through mud.
Each step is an effort.
Life’s difficulties have you so overwhelmed that each moment feels heavy.
It will clear up soon.
But until then, it may be worth making the best of it!
It’s okay to buy yourself something to make it easier.
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Sometimes it feels like you’ve been forgotten.
That no one cares.
Don’t you see your beauty?
While others have gone on, you reveal strength and endurance.
It’s all in how it looks in the light.
Even a cold, colorless day can brings a discovery..
.. and a smile.
It was a restless night of tossing and turning.
Until the morning light came and made everything look different.
A new day. A new perspective.
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word
Photo credit: James Jordan
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
All is still…
But nearby, new life…
When something is leaving, something is arriving.
Wait for it.
Be still, and know that I am God.
What if around the corner, everything will change?
What if you could step into another dimension and see life very differently than you do right now?
Life is more than what you see.
Today may be grim with heartache and discouragement. You may be lonely and really believe no one cares.
Things are not always as they appear.
God has figured our sadness into the equation and knows you will smile again.
What if God has your concerns taken care of? And you just aren’t aware of it?
Mary R. Bras