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scripture friday.

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength …

– The Bible

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mother’s day.

Mothers have a peculiar strength.

She endures childbirth, carrys heavy burdens, and perseveres through the storms of life. Truly, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
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Yet, deeply within the reservoir of her strength lies tender sensitivity.

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Mothers cry.

Silently.

Privately.

Her tears washes away the residue of concerns.

It’s God’s way.

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strength.

my_creation_letter_sYou can’t fix grief.

A paper cut will heal quickly.

A gun shot wound requires more time.

Sometimes the bullet cannot be removed.

People live with bullets inside of them.

People live with broken hearts.

This isn’t hopelessness.

It is acceptance of what is.

Once accepted,  you carry grief with strength…

beautiful strength,

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mothers.

letter MNo one knows the burden of a mother’s heart … except another mother.

You smile when you’re heart is heavy. Why? Because you don’t want your child – whether young or old – to know you’re hurting. We just can’t seem to venture beyond protection mode. It’s just the way it is.

I can’t comprehend (really, I can’t) how a mother can live her life without God being her strength. Because just as the joys run deep, so do the sorrows. And with some things, no one can hold her up but God.

Maybe your child has a chronic or terminal illness. Maybe your teenager is involved with drugs and/or drinking. Maybe your adult child is having marital problems or going through a painful divorce. Maybe your child died.

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There is suffering in the world.  Yet, many carry sorrow with strength and dignity.

Are you a mother who is hurting? Look in God’s direction. He has helped me. He will not turn away from you.

He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble.

-The Bible

the joy of the Lord.

Happiness is not your strength.

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Many things make us happy. But in a happy moment, have you ever felt a haunting sadness that tries to steal your happiness?

When you have joy, that doesn’t happen. That’s because you know that God is holding your sorrow and he can be trusted with the things that hurt.

When we’re on top of our game, we’re happy. But happiness is threatened when life gets difficult.

Joy is not threatened.

Joy is a warm glow that grows stronger and brighter through difficult times. It’s all in how we want to look at it.

How do you get joy? When you learn to trust God. With everything. And sometimes that means accepting what you do not understand.

This is very healing to our soul.

It doesn’t mean you will be smiling all of the time.

It means you have survived.

And happiness will be all the more richer.

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friday quote.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

– Corrie ten Boom

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