Buried in Brokenness

Buried in brokenness.Heart - Broken

I’ve been listening to Rick Warren and his wife speak regarding the loss of their son, Matthew, and how their strong faith is bringing them through. And then the killings at The Navy Pier. And the innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary.

It can be overwhelming to watch the news at times.

And all of this is a reminder of the grief and pain we’ve suffered because of the ones we’ve lost tragically or to old age.

We miss them and long to see them.

All of pain we have suffered in this life, whether physical, mental or both will be made new.

My daughter, Kate, left this world at the young age of 21 years old because of injuries suffered in a car crash. Listen to this verse:

“Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.”  1 Corinthians 15:43

And this is our hope in Jesus…

We will be new.

We will be reunited with our loved ones.

We will see His face and live with Him forever in Glory.

Do you know this Savior, Jesus?

Praise of Men More Than the Praise of God

Praise of Men More Than the Praise of God

The fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah’s words convinced some of the authorities that Jesus was the Messiah but they would not share it with others. The anger of the pharisees scared them to death. After all, the pharisees  wielded a lot of power in this part of the world.

Sharing the good news was simply not important to them. The truth had to remain hidden. No feathers were to be ruffled.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?  Yes?

“When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.

Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him; it was that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe. For Isaiah again said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.” Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”  John 12:36b-43

Stop hiding your light (aka “the good news”) under a bushel because you’re so afraid your business will suffer or you will lose your good reputation with those around you.

You see, He died for you, right?

Do you really believe that if others do not know Him they face an eternity separated from God?

If you do believe that, why are you hogging the news?

Tell someone today!

Waiting in the Water

Waitng in the Water

There are things that prevent us from moving forward in life and I would venture to say that “fear” is one of the main reasons we stand still.

What’s preventing you from moving forward toward the plan God has laid out for you?

Do you doubt that He will “have your back”?

Are you afraid what others will say if you fall down?

Remember…the Savior didn’t pass you by. When you accept God’s gift of Jesus as your personal Savior, you have Him by your side forever and ever.

No, He didn’t give us the ability to see into the future. However, when you step into the water, those steps of faith will give sight to the blind.

Trust Him today. Ask Jesus to be your Savior. The best laid plans for you are the ones He has laid down.

The Pharisees Couldn’t Stand Him

The Pharisees Couldnt Stand Him

You see, through the various prophets in the Torah and the Bible, God told the people exactly how the Savior would come to us.

Isaiah said:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

Sound familiar? Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary. The name “Immanuel” means “God is with us”.

Pretty obvious.  Could God be more clear?

But the pharisees insisted the Messiah would arrive in a more kingly manner.

The people, for the most part, did not heed the prophets warnings or prophecies.  And even when Jesus our Messiah was standing right in front of them, the majority (including the pharisees and sadducees) did not believe the King of Kings would arrive in a manger or enter Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.

You see, their plan was that the Messiah would arrive in the most spectacular way. Perhaps He would come down from Heaven in a chariot and save the day.

Well, He did come down and He saved more than the day.

He came to save us.

Who is Jesus to you?

Do you believe He died for you?

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Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust?

In a typical counseling session, the topic of “trust” comes up often.

It could be trust in a marriage or dating relationship, or perhaps trust issues concerning family members.

Sooner or later, people let us down in one way or another. Most of the time they don’t mean to disappoint us but it happens. When it seems that you’re surrounded by people who are untrustworthy and it makes you feel alone, there is One you can trust.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5

There are days when we do feel so alone our circumstances completely weigh us down. It’s during those times we need to rely on God. It’s too easy to give up.

You see, God never ever leaves. He’s there with arms wide open to comfort us when people let us down. The troubles of this world can be a heavy burden to bear. God says:

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25

God empowers us if we rely on Him. You see, He has all the strength we need in times of despair or disappointment.

Turn to Him today.

Diana Nyad Completed Swim and Achieved Her Dream

Diana Nyad Completed Swim and Achieved Her Dream

Diana Nyad completes swim from Florida to Cuba

Diana Nyad Completed Swim and Achieved Her Dream

We’ve all read the news today. Diana Nyad completed her long held goat of swimming from Florida to Cuba!

Along the way, she suffered defeat and doubt. She stopped seeking her goal for almost 30 years. And then she looked in the mirror and said “I’m not too old.”

Her previous swim had to be cancelled because she was stung so severely by jellyfish.

But…Diana scheduled and trained for today’s swim.

It’s amazing what we tell ourselves, isn’t it?

What keeps you from becoming what God has given you the talents to be?

Are you listening to negative voices in your head?

Do you do your homework before committing emotionally to a dream business, non-profit or career?

Success = hard work

Success = never giving up

Success = due diligence/doing your homework

Success = accountability

Success = teamwork

Success = High ethical and moral standards

Success = Being a role model

Success = Having a rock solid spiritual foundation

After completing her swim, Diana said this today:

“1. Never, ever give up.

2.  You are never too old to chase your dreams.

3.  It looked like a solitary sport but it was a team effort.”

Yes, studies show that it takes 3-5 years to build a business but that time will pass anyway, so why not get started today?

Do it!

Seeking But Not Finding

Seeking But Not Finding

What are you seeking?

King Solomon had it all. His wisdom was world renowned. His wealth was beyond comparison.

Did all of this satisfy him?

No, it didn’t.

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36

You see, King Solomon had it all but he wanted more. More wives and concubines. More wealth. More fame.

And it all crashed.

There was a time Solomon listened to God but wealth, fame and lust became more important to him. He turned his back on living in a way that was obedient to God and instead married women and had mistresses who did not believe in the one true God. Foreign gods were allowed into Israel and sin and corruption entered in as well.

What are you chasing?

Do you have peace and contentment in your life?

You can.

It’s only by following the narrow path that you can finally find happiness. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

I Kings 8:58 says, “May He keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the lift path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors.”

Whose path are you on?

Leave Your Baggage at the Train Station

Leave Your Baggage at the Train Station

Lean on the Lord

Leave your baggage at the train station.

When changes happen in our lives such as job loss, death of a loved one, unplanned pregnancy, illness, etc., it can cause us to lose hope.

Have you ever found yourself looping that negative event over and over in your mind?

I have.

When an uncle passed suddenly at the age of 35, I simply could not comprehend it. How could I make sense of this loss?

Three weeks later, my uncle’s father suddenly passed away.

I think it was the very first time I felt afraid of the unknown.

Have tragic events caused you to feel as if your life is spiraling out of control?  Is your stress level completely out of whack?

How do you move beyond looping these events over and over in your head?

The Lord provides healing but we have to give Him our baggage.  So, now instead of continually playing this event over and over in our heads, we have to hand it over to Him.

He’s more than capable of handling it.

You see, when you turn over your grief or sorrow over to the Lord, an incredible weight is lifted from you.

Trust in the One who truly loves you.  Leave your baggage at the train station.  He can more than carry it.