My heart is heavy. There have been too many deaths, sudden and expected, from suicide to heart attack, illness gone wrong to old age. It matters not how they left this world, but that they did. It leaves holes in the hearts of those who remain. There is this evil one called Cancer. Many I love battle this every day. Some are in the fire, and some have deep scars following their journey. People I love through prayer opportunities are broken. It weighs on this old girl, but God is so very good. He mends up our brokenness with joy, beauty, blessings; all through Salvation.
When my heart is heavy, I always visualize myself at the foot of the cross. I see Jesus hanging there with the weight of ALL my sins, your sins, their sins, ALL sins of the world upon him. I cry. I'm moved. Guess what? He was not defeated. He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!!! We can, too. When life gets overwhelming...be moved!
Be at Peace by Saint Francis de Sales
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His Arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. Almighty, ever-living God, You give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble that they may have the joy of receiving Your help in their need. Amen.
James 2:1-5 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Fresh Find: I do like the My Buddy Tag safety band for kids.