Friday, August 30, 2013
I once took to heart the theme of "Somebody's Daughter" years ago when traveling north on 1-95 and seeing all the billboards advertising adult clubs with pictures on them that would break a parent's heart. All I could think was "She is somebody's daughter; what if she were yours?" I hope it is OK to post these links on my blog as I don't think I can say it better than this:)
This is a great blog I borrowed from a post on Shelly Beach's blog. It is written by someone who works with women to bring help for them and that organization is called "Somebody's Daughter."
It may seem like people are overreacting but do we really want our granddaughters to grow up and be like this? I think not. Here are some other thoughts:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Book Review; The Gospel According to Les Miserables: 30 Devotions to Inspire Faith Paperback by Selena Sarns
I only wish I had gotten “The Gospel According to Les Miserables” before I rented the movie. I know I would’ve gotten so much more out of watching it if I had the titles of the chapters in this book to ponder.
A 30 day devotional is something we all can use at one time of our life or another. I like being able to feel that I am reading something that is not a big project like a yearly one is, at times.
My first thoughts about “The Gospel According to Les Miserables was of giving this book in a gift basket. It would include the original book by Victor Hugo, popcorn and the new movie added as an addition. I don’t know about you but I would love for someone to give me such a gift basket. Add some Milk Duds and you’ve got a movie night and the devotional lends towards starting the day in a good way.
There were timely quotes such as “With God, mistakes can be corrected and any life, no matter how difficult, can still glorify Him.” Also “When we realize that running from God is futile and empty; we can know that being open before God is true joy.” One devotion title was “No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed” which sounds like something my mama might have said, although life doesn’t always seem to work that way.
I love the concept of this devotional because the characters and story from the original book are so deep, rich and loved. Ending with “The story of Les Miserables is not so far removed from Christian’s life. Each one of us faces similar temptations and conflict that impact who we are in Christ,” gives us all food for thought.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of The Gospel According to Les Miserables through BookCrash.com
Monday, August 26, 2013
There are some weeks that are harder to get through than others. Young people dying of overdoses, family friends having bad reports from medical tests, little children being threatened in schools, suffering is all around us.
Sometimes the only thing that we know for sure about our lives is that we are broken. We who have been affected by addictions in our loved ones are broken people who love broken people. We sometimes have to remember as pointed out in the AA Big Book that our loved ones are sick. And sometimes, we are sick, also.
We pray that those among us who are suffering will find the hospital of the soul, where Jesus is the Great Physician and He will bring them through the pain of recovery. We pray that their scars turn to stars in the kingdom of God. We pray for family reconciliation in whatever form that can come, knowing that it may not look like what we thought it would look like. My picture and dream has not turned out like I thought that it might, but I am not the wise Creator, weaving behind the scenes to make the very perfect ending. I still believe that He can and will.
We need the powerful armor of the Lord to protect us each day. We sometimes have to physically put it on by the prayers of our hearts.
Lord, we pray, heal our hearts, heal our souls, and make us whole. Glow through us, expand Yourself in us, heal us, and heal me. Lord, there doesn’t seem to be joy in living for many of your people right now. We need strong intervention and help from the throne of God. We are at Your mercy with a broken, frayed rope that can only be held together with Your cords of love. Heal us, help us, I pray once again and when I can’t pray another word then I say, Jesus, lover of my soul, bind our wounds and make us whole. We all stand in need of healing at times. This is my time Lord.Donna Collins Tinsley
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
Be a three-strand cord to someone today by joining in prayer with us.
Praying at Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group;:https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/permalink/676697812360346/
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I know that I have gone way too long without updating my blog. Today though, I want to feature a friend and writer who has expressed herself so well and I glean from her often. It is through trials and pain that we all grow and learn to lean more on our Lord. He is ever faithful. I had never heard the song that is on the link here but I feel that there are many today who need to take this message deep into their heart. I welcome Elaine Creasman today and her post, You Are Wanted:
I want to add a note to those who feel broken today. The Lord, the great God who made the universe and everything within it loves you and He only can fill the broken heart and make you whole. Let Him be the healing balm that you need for each hurt, pain and sorrow. Praying every day in every way for each of you.