This is a tough one. No one wants to face a tragedy, yet you may encounter one in your lifetime. How is one to handle these events? How do we cope with the pain, suffering, and feeling of helplessness? Not to mention, how to avoid the fear of it happening again…
First, we weren’t meant to do this alone. Long ago, we were sent someone who would save us. Someone who came to reassure us that we don’t have to walk our path alone. God knew life on Earth would be difficult, and He wants to help lighten our load. He began restoring our confidence by sending His very own son, Jesus.
Does knowing we have our faith mean it takes away all of our pain and sadness? Unfortunately it doesn’t, but it does provide enough comfort to keep us going. To keep praying. To not lose sight of what God has called us to do: trust in Him and continue to live out the life set before us.
Secondly, we can’t live in fear. I know it is easier said than done. But do we really have a better option? If we are realistic with ourselves, life will consist of steady highs and lows (regardless of how hard we try to control them). So, why not have something constant to lean on through it all? God is here to take care of us. At times it may not seem like it—especially on Earth—but if you keep your eyes on the eternal promise, we are assured He has a place more amazing than we can imagine, waiting specifically for us.
If you are going through a difficult time right now, remember that God is right there with you. He wants to pick you up and carry you. Let Him. And don’t stop there. When He speaks, hear His voice….
“Hang with me. I know this is tough. I am here with you. Your eternal rewards will be great, I promise. Never lose sight of me. I love you. ”
I’m praying for you. Keep the faith-
Last night I was lying in bed thinking about a couple of things. This was sMaLL stuff–you know–like how I was going to get everything done this week, if I had enough activities planned for the kids this summer, and if I was going to get the stain out of those tan pants :-/
All of a sudden, “Are you praying about it?” popped in my head. For a second I pushed the thought away because I thought it was silly to pray about such minor things. But then I remembered how Jesus wants us to talk to Him, no matter how great or small the worry may be.
Are you worried about something? Fretting over, what to most people, may seem like a silly little thing? If it is a worry in your heart, then Jesus isn’t laughing. Talk to Him. Share your concerns and allow Him to CaRRy your load. I am sure even He wouldn’t mind carrying a small load every once in a while :)
May Peace Be With You,
This past week the phrase “I Love You Anyway” became a popular saying in our house. I did something that I knew disappointed my husband. Feeling terrible after I saw the let down on his face I asked, “But you love me anyway, right?” He replied, “Of CouRse.”
Then a few days later, my daughter broke one of my favorite Christmas ornaments. Initially I gasped, but after seeing how terrible she felt I said, “Leanne…it is oKaY. Accidents happen. I LoVe you anyway.”
I am so gRateFul for the people in my life that will love me anyway…no matter if I ruin their favorite shirt…cancel on a play-date because I’m feeling overwhelmed as a Mom…or call them to vent and never ask them how their day is going.
Everyone needs someone in their life that will show unconditional loVe whether it be a friend, family member, spouse or pet (and of course Jesus! Can I get an “Amen?!”). Maybe it is time to return the favor and show someone you love them back, even though they hurt you recently or did something that bothered you. Remember how great it feels to be loved “anyway”, and give it to another in return.
P.S. These roses were a “surprise” from Doug and Leanne after church on Sunday. Just another reminder that I am LoVed AnYwAy! Now it’s time for me to pass it on….