Mercy

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is sure.
Titus 3:3-8

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Six Hours one Friday

Cross on the hill, nr Kemsing, KT (Photo credit: L2F1)

Six Hours one Friday  is a book by Max Lucado

Do you need a word of hope?  Do you need answers you haven’t yet found?

Do you have questions like:

  • How do you find significance when rejected?
  • How do you find strength when overwhelmed?
  • What do you do, when failure threatens a hopeless future?
  • Is this life all there is?

These are the essential questions Lucado touches through his eloquent story-telling style.  He connects real people and real stories to promises meant for each of us.

Here is an excerpt:

“What if it really happened… if God did commandeer his own crucifixion… if he did turn his back on his own Son…. if He did storm Satan’s gate, then those six hours that Friday were packed with tragic triumph.     … Those six hours were no normal hours.  They were the most critical hours in history.  For during those six hours on that Friday, God embedded in the earth three anchor points sturdy enough to withstand any hurricane.”

“What do you do with that day in history?”

Keeping the Faith on Friday

This morning scrolling through my Facebook feed,  I saw an adorable picture of a little girl with her teddy bears next to her, kneeling beside her bed.  The post said –  “Keep praying, it causes miracles.”

Then next in the Facebook feed was a picture of little boy asking for 100,000 likes to beat cancer.   He already had well over 1 million……… So – I liked his post too – and told him I’d give him a BILLION likes if I could.   It reminded me of how hard the struggle is for some of us.   Yes – though I don’t know him, my career in nursing has given me the privilege of knowing many children just like him, and knowing the struggles he faces.

So yes, Friday is here.  The week is winding down, a few more hours of meetings and I’ll be able to unwind a little, but there is quite a bit of work ahead – even over the weekend.  

It’s been a stressful challenging week.
Too many projects, too much work, overload on many levels.

The words of encouragement today hit my heart right where it was needed.    A little boy fighting courageously, and asking for a few strong arms to lift him up.   A little girl kneeling, encouraging, and trusting her very BIG God.

Yes – it’s Friday, and I’m tired, but I just found strength to finish the week.  Strength to spend the weekend making the work mountain a little smaller.

So I’ll pass it on, keep the faith.  Believe, in our very BIG GOD, who has strong loving arms, and who will lift us up and give us strength for the mountains we climb.  All we have to do is ask.

” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Laughter

Laughing at everyday problems is one of the ways we relieve stress.  Learning to laugh our own clumsiness keeps us humble and usually makes us more empathetic with those around us.  When we’re more empathetic, we tend to see the good side of others, as well as, shall we say, the human weakness’.

I happened to learn early in life (yes piano lessons teach you a great deal), that if you make a mistake you keep going.  I’ve never read a grocery shopping list quite like this before.

Enjoy.