02.01.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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Someone on Reddit wrote the following heartfelt plea online:

“My friend just died. I don’t know what to do.”

A lot of people responded.

One old guy’s incredible comment stood out from the rest that might just change the way we approach life and death:

“Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child.

But here’s my two cents:

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to ‘not matter.’ I don’t want it to be something that just passes.

My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. If the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.

As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between the waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.

Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.”

by Eric Alper

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BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS FROM GOD’S AMAZING WORLD!

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PRICELESS DEATH BED REQUEST

Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons, are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses.”

“My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end.”

“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Centre.”

“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, “Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.

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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING FEATHER ART!

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Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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01.25.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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By “DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE” on Facebook

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.”~Isaiah 40:4-5

Isaiah’s words in chapter 40 are a pleasant reminder. Not only are we to make way the path so God can enter our life and complete His plan, but He alone can bring us up from the valley, tackle the mountain of stressors we are facing, soften our journey from the obstacles we come upon and clear the way so we can see and hear His directions.

And in it all, He is to be glorified. We are to be an example of what He can do in and through our life.

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SAND RIVER IN IRAQ – AMAZING MOVING SAND LIKE RIVER

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AMAZING SIGHTS AROUND GOD’S BEAUTIFUL WORLD!

FLYDALSJUVET-GEIRANGER, NORWAY

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I TRULY HOPE I HAVE THIS MUCH SPUNK IN A FEW YEARS – PLEASE EXCUSE WHAT MAY SOUND LIKE CURSING, I COULDN’T TELL IF IT WAS!

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…you know, it’s really kinda the tenderest miracle, if you let it come to you: feelings are meant to be felt and given to God—but feelings can’t tell you about God, you, or your relationship. Your identity, your security, youImage may contain: textr acceptability come from who God is—and not how you feel.

Will you believe how He feels about you tonight? When you experience how God knows and receives you, you bond with God, united, and let Him speak your true identity and there’s nothing more important in this world than to truly feel and know what God feels about you.

Yes, it’s true: people will always have opinions about you. But you live for God because He’s the only one who has intimate knowledge of you. Nothing anyone says can malign you, assign you, or confine you. Your Maker’s the only one who can define you.

Belovedness is the center of being, the only real identity, God’s only name for you, the only identity He gives you.

~excerpt from the book: The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp. Visit www.TheBrokenWay.com for more.

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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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LITTLE WORLDS WITHIN AS LIGHT BULB

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Reach out to someone in need this week!

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01.18.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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A 79-year-old man from Tennessee called his local police station with an emergency that will break your heart.

He was alone, hadn’t eaten in two days, and had been robbed by the very person who was supposed to be taking care of him. With no money, no food and harsh winter conditions keeping him indoors, the desperate man didn’t know where else to turn.

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He phoned the Mount Pleasant dispatch with a simple and urgent request: could someone please bring some food to his apartment?

Four police officers immediately rose to the occasion, fulfilling their promise to protect and serve their community. Officers Brian Gray, Nathan Bolton, Buddy Odom and Adam Runions pulled money from their own pockets and purchased enough food to stock the man’s pantry for a month.

But they didn’t stop there.

The officers set out to create a more sustainable solution for their new friend, and for other community members who may find themselves in a similarly tight spot. They began a food pantry with canned goods, open to community members in need. Then, in their glorious police fashion, they tracked down the criminal caregiver who robbed the man and arrested her for her crimes. The man has since had his bank accounts restored.

It is unclear whether or not the man had family in the area, or if they were also trapped indoors due to bad weather. Either way, this man’s story communicates our desperate need for community.

While it’s honorable that the Mount Pleasant police officers were kindhearted toward this man, it’s saddening that he felt so alone he didn’t know who else to call, a victim of elder abuse. This man could be our father or grandfather, friend or neighbor.

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Thank you to the officers who showed practical love to this man, and may we all work a little harder to be aware of the needs of the elderly in our communities.

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MORE BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS IN GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

DON’T YOU WISH WE HAD A “GO” BUTTON TO PUSH TO TAKE US THERE!!

AUTUMN IN AMSTERDAM

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BERGEN, NORWAYdunnottar-castle-scotland A SANDBAR IN FIJI

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

For a long season of my life I was a carrier of God’s Word. I read the Bible during church when the pastor would preach, and I made sure to read enough to fill in my blanks for Bible study. But to read, highlight and apply Scripture to my life was foreign to me. How could I, a “C” student, ever understand the Bible? I wanted to be one of those women who highlighted and applied, but I didn’t even know where to start.

lamp-lightThen, our local Christian radio station challenged the listening audience to follow a one-year Bible reading plan. I couldn’t fathom reading the whole Bible, much less in only a year. In an effort to calm my fears, I took a trip to my local Christian bookstore. If I am going to read the whole Bible, certainly I need a new Bible to read. For what seemed like hours, I previewed various types of Bibles in an array of colors, styles and formats. Just when I was about to give up, I pulled a chronological Bible from the shelf.

The format intrigued me. Short readings. An easy-to-follow daily plan. An attractive cover. The best part: Knowing I would read the Bible in the order the events occurred. Yes! This was the Bible for me. Slowly, I began to understand the Bible as the ultimate guide to life, as Psalm 119:105 reminds us, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but not without stumbling. The year taught me so much. I learned Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are difficult to read in some parts. I learned it’s necessary to read the Old Testament to really appreciate the wonderful sacrifice Jesus made for me as described in the New Testament. Lastly, I learned it’s OK if I don’t understand the whole Bible. God will continue to reveal things to me as I continue to make His Word a priority.

Now, after reading a chronological Bible I am no longer just a carrier of the Word, I am a lover of the Word! If you’ve always wanted to read through the Bible but desired a friend to come along aside you for support, I pray you’ll take the same challenge and dig into God’s Word in 2017! By Wendy Pope

Content taken from the Encouragement for Today devotional, “Words That Made My Heart Ache,” written by Wendy Pope. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.

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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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THESE BRING BACK SUCH SWEET MEMORIES OF DAYS GONE BY

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01.11.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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20 Inspiring Quotes from Elisabeth Elliot

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I’M NOT MOVING

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I’m not going out today.
I’m not moving. I won’t budge.
I’m staying where it’s warm and dry.
Might even make some fudge.

Traipsing through the ice and snow
Is not my cup of tea.
Staying in with a friend
Now that’s a day for me.

Sitting near a fireplace,
Wigging my toes.
Much better than the great outdoors
Where jack frost bites my nose.

I have a blanket and my Bible
Filled with warmth and love.
I’m staying in, snug and dry
No need for hats or gloves.

A book, a friend, a favorite show
Is how I’ll spend my day.
I’m not moving ’till it’s warm
I’m not going out today.

Lucinda Berry Hill Author of “Coffee with Jesus” AND “A Second Cup with Jesus” ©

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BEAUTIFUL PLACES AROUND GOD’S AMAZING WORLD

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COCHERN CASTLE, GERMANYcochern-castle-germanyTHE YUNNAN STONE FOREST, CHINA

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TREE TUNNEL, NORTHERN IRELAND

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creative_abstract_divider_by_toxicestea-d4fsxrxAS I GET OLDER I REALIZE:

  1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.
  2. Sometimes I roll my eyes outloud.
  3. I don’t need anger management, I need people to stop ticking me off
  4. My people skills are just fine. It my tolerance of dummies that need work.
  5. The biggest lie I tell myself is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” HA
  6. When I was a child I thought naptime was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation!
  7. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.
  8. Would’t it be good if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes, come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?
  9. “Getting Lucky” means walking into a room and remembering why I’m there.
  10. What a blessing loving friends and family are to our lives

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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

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Have a Blessed Week!

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01.04.17 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

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Maybe we need to sit still for just a moment or two today. Quietly sit without the weight of condemnation or the swirl of trying to figure things out. Quiet, with nothing but the absolute assurance the Spirit helps us in our weakness.

He understands our weak places. He knows what to pray. There is a purpose to this weakness. Though it doesn’t feel good, things will be worked out in a way that good will come from it.

In that quiet stillness while the Spirit prays for us and we just simply soak in truth, there will be a flicker of light. A slight trickle of hope. A grace so unimaginable, we’ll feel His power overshadowing our weakness.

We aren’t weak. We are dependent.

Dependent on the only One powerful enough to help us. The only One sufficient enough to cover us in grace throughout the process.

Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministry

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