Archive | April 2014

tornadoes, storms, and pain.

When the guy on the screen says that he could hear the cries of children underneath the rubble,his voice starts to crack and how in the world does anything stand in a world like this? – Ann Voskamp

 

Please read.

tornado

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emotions.

Emotions are part of who we are.

But they aren’t the whole story.

How we feel doesn’t necessarily line up with what is true.

You may feel really blue about something. It seems as though it won’t get better.

I can tell you that it will. God does not allow pain without relief – without hope.

Whenever you are blue, remember cloudy days aren’t cloudy forever. Behind those clouds the sun is shining.

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It will shine on you again – no matter what you are going through.

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scripture friday.

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel

and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

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You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, LORD.

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

Psalm 139

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seasons.

If we’re honest, we want it to be summer every day.

We want smooth sailing on calm waters with gentle breezes.

We don’t like our lives to be disturbed with loss, sorrow, or failure.

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We know a storm will eventually kick up, but we are still surprised when it happens to us.

Prepare yourself to endure seasons that are unpleasant, knowing that seasons always, end and another begins.

Life is a series of wonder and beauty. When you face sadness, you learn to value happiness all the more.

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suffering.

” When people remember the past, they don’t only talk about happiness. It is often the ordeals that seem most significant. People shoot for      happiness but feel formed through suffering.”

Please take the time to read this New York Times article, What Suffering Does by David Brooks.

It will be well worth your time.

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scripture friday.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

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There are many religions.

There are many leaders of religion.

There is only one religion whose leader who is not in the grave.

He broke the power of death over himself and proved he was the Son of God.

He has risen!

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worry.

Do you worry about the oceans washing over all the land?

Do you worry about how your body will digest the food you ate today?

Do you worry about falling off of the earth?

There are so many things we just know will take care of itself without us thinking about it. Whether we acknowledge it or not, God, the Creator of all things, is the Master Designer.

Now how about you?

Worrying is understandable. But it’s not necessary. God wants you to trust what he has created and is fully able to maintain.

You were not there when God created the oceans.

You were not there when he created the human body.

You were not there when he created gravity.

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But you are here now. And life is full of unknowns.

You are either going to worry … or you are going to trust.

But you have to trust in something bigger than yourself.

Try God.

Whatever your tragedy or sorrow is, he will help you through it.

After all, God knows how you work.

 

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