Have you seen the latest movie? Inside Outside?

Sadness keeps “messing up” and this frustrates Joy to no end.

Soon, Joy realizes she has not allowed the main character, Riley, to feel Sadness.

Sometimes, I think we (or we are expected to) avoid sadness and go right to being positive and optimistic. At first, it’s kind of a survival mechanism that keeps us from drowning in our grief. But then the dust settles and we have to face the sadness and allow it a place in our life.

When you work through the sadness, joy will follow.

Don’t live in sadness, but don’t avoid it either.

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new year.

new year.

I’m not going to tell you this year will be better.

It  might not be.

But I can tell you that you are not alone as you face a new year.

The Bible says this:

Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.

So we say with confidence,

The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

When we’re faced with trouble, sadness, disappointment – no matter what it is – we can be sure God is with us.

I know this to be positively true. The darkest time in my life was when I lost my son at age 24. They say losing a child is the worst thing.

It is.

You have to believe in someone bigger than yourself.


And when you do, there are surprises along the way – like love notes just for you – from your Heavenly Father.

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what if.

what if.

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?


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Gilderic Photography

Mary R. Bras



There’s so much we don’t understand.

Yet, there’s much we do understand.

A storm doesn’t have the last laugh.

And just when you think you can’t go on – times of refreshing come.

And sadness disappears when joy shows up.

But you have to believe – even when you wonder why.

See beyond the moment!