AT HOME

HOME!  I love that word!

When I get home in the winter I change into my sweats and during the summer into a cool sundress.

I relax, de-stress and settle down. Anxiety seems to melt away. Hubby and I sit outside in the summer with a glass of wine and listen to the sounds of evening falling softly around us.

In the morning, we read our Bibles and say our prayers.  Then we grab a couple of cups of coffee. Hubby reads the paper and I catch up on all my morning blogs.

We wake up with praise-filled words in our hearts, “Thank you God for another day.”

Of course, there are days when nothing seems right, everything is out of sync and the waves of struggle and doubt keep rolling in.

But we are home, with each other and we can face anything together with God leading the way.

Truly, I am not trying to sugar-coat any of life’s problems. Sometimes we just want to go back to bed and hide under the covers.

ISAIAH  43:18 (Message) Forget about what’s happened;  don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new

MATTHEW 6:34 (VOICE) So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today

Go Home today – Believe – Spread a little goodness wherever you can – Live – Rest

BE FAITHFUL because Our God is FAITHFUL

PSALM 37:3 (VOICE) Believe in the Eternal, and do what is good— live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness

 

My New Book on Trials & Suffering: “Mad About God”

Stumbling into GRACE:

Good Morning .. Pastor JS Park has written a book about Trails and Suffering called “Mad about God”. It was my pleasure to read the ” draft” of Pastor Park’s book.
Pastor Park writing touches on some very tough human emotion. His book does not sugar coat the trials. Pastor Park weaves real human stories with applicable Bible verse. His book guides the reader through the range of emotions like anger, depression and doubt.
Consider reading “Mad about God” by JS Park. I recommend this book.

Originally posted on J.S. Park:

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This is my newest book, on persevering through trials and suffering, called Mad About God: When We Over-Spiritualize Pain and Turn Tragedy Into a Lesson.

You’ve heard others spiritualize pain by saying, “God is doing this for you good” or “Everything happens for a reason” or “God has an amazing plan for your life” — but in the middle of the mushroom cloud, even the best theology doesn’t make sense. Sometimes, you just want to be angry with God. We want to shake a fist and shout against the dark.

This is a journey through our heartache, where we’ll discover a safe place to vent and to grieve without formulas. I also go over depression, sexy cancer, second world problems, misquoting verses for inspirational Instagrams, the hijacking of Jeremiah 29:11, and the theology of True Detective, Louis C.K., and The Shawshank Redemption.

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Broken Lives in Search of Glue

Originally posted on Karen Foster...Even in This:

She told me, “The man committedsuicide.”

Just couldn’t live on this planet one more day.

I didn’t know him, but a knot forms in my gut while I wonder about the people in my life.

Is someone in despair? Would I recognize the signs?

I’ve talked with people who tried, without success, to help a loved one…

Change his behavior. Make her happy. Seek counseling. Point them to the Lord.

Forever haunted “If only I had done this, said that.

Haven’t we all been there?

Been the person with good intentions who knows what’s best for another person. Only the other person won’t listen!

We stand there with a tube of super glue in our hands. Looking at the mess of a person; fallen and broken. Realize that even Humpty Dumpty’s men couldn’t put him back together again.

So how do I help a human…

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A Healthy Death . . . .

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LIFE is at work in you

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

When I picked up the phone, I thought it was going to be one of those “catching up” conversations that occur when longtime friends have not communicated for a while.  Straight off, Pat told me she had cried when she read our New Years letter about Luke and Shannon’s battle with cancer. Feeling bad about making her cry, I attempted to shift the focus from the pain of the previous year, to the hope we have as Luke and Shannon re-enter the normalcy of jobs and ordinary life. Then I heard Pat say:

“You aren’t going to believe this Kathie, but last October I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  Regular exams and tests never picked it up . . . they think I may have had it for several years but just didn’t know it.”

Stunned by Pat’s words, I heard little else as the words stage 4 cancer assaulted…

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I’m Stressed

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Stress strategy

Originally posted on Built with Grace:

As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Psalm 119:143 (NLT)

20140825_073143My family and I love to camp. One of our favorite spots to spend a few days is in extreme northern Minnesota. Just miles from the Canadian border, we are without electricity except for our camper batteries, have no cell phone signal and are 50 miles from the nearest hospital. We enjoy taking the boat out, playing games, taking naps and just getting away from all the stress of the ‘real world’ in our hidden paradise.

The only connection we have with the world outside is a weather radio that we listen to each morning so that we know what to expect weather-wise in regards to going out on the lake or taking hikes through the forest.

Last summer, on the day before we were going to leave, we listened to an ominous…

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Ten Reasons to have a Retreat in 2015: Reason #2 — The Power of Fear

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Fear … Depression … Rest

Originally posted on The ARC-ives:

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” 1 Kings 19:3-4 (NLT)

power of fearFear is an amazing thing. It can cripple our ability to reason wisely and focus on reality. I remember one time in particular when I learned the power of fear in a very real way and also the way in which it can affect us.

I was about seven years old and due to a family relocation, got to live for a summer at a borrowed cabin on a lake. I became friends with one of the…

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I’m Worried

Stumbling into GRACE:

Worry Advice

Originally posted on Built with Grace:

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25 NLT

worryWhen I was growing up I remember singing an old chorus that went something like, “Why worry when you can pray, trust Jesus, He’ll be your stay. Don’t be a doubting Thomas, trust fully in his promise? Why Worry, Worry, Worry, Worry, When you can pray.”

Cute little chorus and I remember enjoying singing it often. Then life set it. I became a grown-up. I watched the news; I fought valiantly (and often lost) battles with temptation; People let me down, ridiculed me, misunderstood me and put way too many expectations on me. I made stupid mistakes and waited for the consequences to set in. I think that’s why I worry.

Worry is really nothing more than a form of idolatry. Worry says, in a sense, “This is too much for me to handle…

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Blessings for a New Year

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You are Blessed .. Happy New Year

Originally posted on Jeanna Caldwell:

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I am blessed to have a job that allows me to meet wonderful people. Many days I am blessed with learning someone’s story and lending my assistance in their journey. One year ago I was working with a homeless man who had recently transferred from a mission in the city to a local shelter. He was a job seeker that I would put in the “do more” category. The “do mores” are willing to do what it takes to get a job. They don’t roll their eyes when you tell them they need to change their resume…they roll up their sleeves. This job seeker came into the career center for a couple of days. I worked alongside him as he made necessary changes to his résumé. I taught him how to navigate various job searching websites, just some of the normal things that we do at work. One day when…

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On Giving Thanks In All Things . . . .

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In all things … Please pray for healing and guidance for our fellow blogger and family

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

God has proved Himself faithful through the ages and continues to speak to those who seek Him.  That is why I do what I can to encourage every Client I serve to get into the Scriptures for themselves.  One of my favorite passages is recorded in Jeremiah 29:11-13, where God offers hope to a generation in exile because the previous generation had forgotten Him:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:11-13

In these weeks and months, as our family has journeyed the cancer trail with our son Luke and then our beautiful…

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