WAX ON, WAX OFF

So, to save a few bucks, I decided to waxtackle waxing my eyebrows myself.  The box stated that it had patterns, just pick the eyebrows you want, peel them off the packet and place them on your eyebrows, then wax and, VOILA! Gorgeous eyebrows, done at a fraction of the price in a salon.  Simple, right?  Ahem..  The melting of the wax was not a problem. I picked out the perfect brow, stuck them on, and began to place the wax. Here is where I began to have a problem! The wax began dripping off the paddle, moving my eyebrow sticker out of the way – oh, no! Next thing you know, I have a very thin eyebrow!!!!!  Not to panic, I can just make the other brow match.  As I apply the wax to the other side, it drops down onto my eye lashes – OUCH!!!!  Oh, no!  How do I remove that without losing all of my eyelashes??????  Something that seemed so simple had turned into way more than I could handle.

As I tried to remove the excess wax with warm compresses, and save my eyelashes, my thoughts began buzzing how this relates to other simple things in our lives. We decide to try something new, thinking it is easy and fun, but the results turn into a nightmare in our lives.

  • A girl or woman may think that dating  a certain guy might be fun, and even though she knows that he’s not a man of principles or integrity, she thinks that it will be simple – a few dates, a bit of fun, then she’d go back to waiting for a guy that is the right kind of guy.  It rarely ends up like that, as she falls for the, “bad boy,” and before she can extract herself, he has dragged her to a place of despair.
  • Knowing yourself able to withstand the peer pressure of what others are into, you know you can go to a party and have some fun without joining in on the drinking, or the drugs, or the casual sex.  Simple, right? The next thing you know, you wake up in a strange bed, not sure who is in it with you.
  • You have some friends over for coffee, a much needed girl time, but then the conversations begin to turn into gossip and before you know it, you are in there with them, talking about people behind their back.
  • In an attempt to obtain a better life for you and your family, you accept the job of your dreams, sure that this simple change in your life is what you want. Several years later, you find that the time spent away from your spouse and your children is something that you will never get back, and you will pay for the consequences for the rest of your life.

Simple things, right? Yet the sorrow that can result from these simple things are much worse than waxing off your eyebrows and lashes! Before you rush into the next “simple” thing, here are some thoughts of wisdom:

Proverbs 19:2

It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown.

Luke 14:28-30

28-30 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’

Proverbs 15:22

22 Plans go wrong with too few counselors; many counselors bring success.

Numbers 9:8

Moses said, “Give me some time; I’ll find out what God says in your circumstances.”

Isaiah 28:16

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.

1 Corinthians 14:33 

God doesn’t stir us up into confusion;

Hosea 6:3

Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him, and he will respond to us as surely as the coming of dawn or the rain of early spring.’”

John 10:14, 27

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

Be encouraged to stop and think before you act.  Simple things are rarely as simple as they seem and most have consequences.  Today I face the world with thin eyebrows and only half of my eyelashes, but they will grow back 🙂 Will you be able to un-do what you have rushed into?

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xSTAYTRUEx Ministries – Check it out!

This is my son, Trevor Heyd’s, latest promo video.  He is a man after God’s own heart!  He is a beatboxer, skateboarder and worldwide speaker to youth and can be booked for all 3 or any of the three. He not only speaks at youth camps, churches, youth events, street parties, but is also a motivational speaker in public and private schools and colleges. He is currently booking and can be contacted at http://www.staytrueministries.com.  Please share the word!

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…An Encouraging Word…

With my prayer list so full and so many people hurting, this blog is just pictures – funny ones to make you smile, and gorgeous scenery to remember that God is always in control and cares about our lives!  Sit back and enjoy.

Proverbs 17:22

22 Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.

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SHORTCUTS

Who doesn’t like shortcuts?  I will take a shortcut any time I can.  They can save time and energy.  Here are a few shortcuts I use:

  • Re-wash baggies to save money
  • Pack lunches in containers so that the dishwasher can wash them instead of yours truly
  • Use self-check out lanes to avoid wasting time standing in line at the regular lanes
  • When I do use check out, line up items in on lane in the order I want my bags filled (not that it always works!)
  • Scan pictures while preparing for lessons, while burning dvd’s for said lessons (I’m sitting in the same spot, so why not?)
  • Eat lunch while driving to next assignment for work

Some are good shortcuts, some might shorten my life expectancy.  While saving time, energy and money is all well and good, there are some things we should not short cut in our lives.

  • Time alone with God
  • Time set aside to worship in the house of God with others who love Him
  • Time for those in need
  • Time to lend a listening ear
  • Time for family

And so the list goes on and on.  Any of these that are short cuts will diminish the overall life you were meant to have.  If you short cut your time alone with God, it will show in your attitude, your actions, your giving.

  • When you are in the Word each day, it’s much more difficult to be short with someone when you have just read to love your enemies, be kind to those who hurt you…
  • When you decide to skip church, (and, yes, it is a decision you make), you miss a blessing and being a blessing, not to mention that you are disobeying God…
  • When you do not help those in need, yet you sleep in a warm bed at night; have a full belly when others are suffering from hunger pains…
  • When you are too busy to realize that your little one just wants you to look them in the eye for that 3 seconds it takes for them to tell you something silly, you are missing out on the greatest of treasures! If you are too busy for those around you in pain who need someone to unload to, you really miss out on the beauty of love…
  • When family is not priority, when the mundane routine is boring and you feel the need to let other people and things take over that time, everyone is missing out…

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16-17  Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Matthew 6:33

33  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Matthew 13:16-17

16 But ·you [Lyour eyes] are blessed, because you see with your eyes and hear with your ears. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and ·good [righteous; just] people ·wanted [longed] to see the things that you now see, but they did not see them. And they ·wanted [longed] to hear the things that you now hear, but they did not hear them.

Hebrews 13:16

16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

1 Timothy 5:8

Anyone who does not take care of his family and those in his house has turned away from the faith. He is worse than a person who has never put his trust in Christ.

 

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GAWKERS!

As my friend turned to pull into her driveway, the truck she did not see slammed into her car.  The steering wheel column speared into her chest.  Neighbors spilled out of their homes to see what had happened and to help.  911 was called and the ambulance arrived. The paramedics had to rip her shirt and undergarment off to keep them from hindering their live saving maneuvers. The neighbors watched. Even though she has no memory of the event, the fact that her neighbors saw her like that upset her.

During a stroll through the flea market, my three, young sons and I suddenly heard a commotion.  An elderly woman had fallen to the ground during some kind of attack and people swarmed around to see what was going on.  In the excitement of the ambulance coming, lights flashing, backup beeping, my sons wanted to go closer to see what it was all about. I held them back, explaining to them that help was there for her, and that if that was one of their loved ones, would they want everyone around watching?

Driving down the highway, I had to slam on my brakes, as ahead there had been an accident and even though given the clear signal to pass, the vehicles in front of me drove as slowly as possible, in order to see everything they could see…

GAWKERS! They are everywhere.  What is it about accidents that make people want to stop and stare?  When help has arrived, why do they stand around, instead of giving privacy to those who would want it if they were conscious? As my husband used to say, “Why don’t you take a picture, it would last longer!”

How can you get them to stare at you?  What are you doing that would make someone stop and take a second look? Are you living the kind of life that makes people turn their heads? Is it your language, your mode of dress, your actions? Or is it your language, your mode of dress, your actions?

Are people gawking at you?  Do we want them to watch us closely? Wouldn’t it be cool if your influence was so powerful that someone walking by just stopped and came over to you to find out what made you like that?  That the glow of Christ would shine through the pores in your skin, radiating something that would make everyone stop and stare? Just think: gawkers, because we are like Jesus, intent on every detail, taking it all in.

Newsflash: people are gawking at you, whether you realize it or not.  It may be surreptitiously, like a child that is observing your behavior and speech when you don’t realize it, or it might be very obvious, such as getting 300 likes on Facebook for posting something uplifting. If a picture was taken, would it be an image you’d want to keep?

So, who do you want the gawkers to see when they look your way?

Exodus 34:29-35

29-30 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn’t know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, saw his radiant face, and held back, afraid to get close to him.

31-32 Moses called out to them. Aaron and the leaders in the community came back and Moses talked with them. Later all the Israelites came up to him and he passed on the commands, everything that God had told him on Mount Sinai.

33-35 When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face, but when he went into the presence of God to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. When he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see Moses’ face, its skin glowing, and then he would again put the veil on his face until he went back in to speak with God.

Matthew 5:16

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Colossians 3:17

17  Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

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Camp Fires, Hammocks and God

Every year for one full week, we go to Family 263512_1892336385957_7804510_nCamp.  We make special trips to the store for those unique items that you only need when camping, we pack up clothing, towels, bedding, bug spray, flashlights, food, etc.  The vehicle is loaded and the road trip begins, with the excitement of getting away from it all and just relaxing!

The awning goes up, the lawn chairs come out, the cleaning begins 🙂  The electricity and water get turned on, gas levels checked, hammock gets hung, fire gets started. The 5th wheel’s sides bulge as we transfer what we need inside.

Friends and acquaintances are milling around, all with the same excited expectation on their faces – the pool is full of happy splashers, bicycles wobble all over, children’s laughter can be heard in the distance, muted conversations abound.  Ah, camp!

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Soon, the place will fill with teenagers, and the beat of their worship will throb through the grounds.  Mornings bring campers to seminars with coffee in hand, children ride their bikes to where their own sessions begin, the pool gets tidied up for the first phase of morning swimmers to jump in.

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Long, lazy afternoons are spent sleeping, reading, visiting, putting puzzles together, a nice swing in the hammock, children on the playgrounds or in the pool, young couples sitting under a tree, sharing new romance, men off fishing or swinging a golf club.

After meals cooked over the grill or eaten in the dining hall, we wander to the Tabernacle for worship. The choir is finishing their rehearsal and if you get there a bit early, you get to hear it twice!  The band tunes up their instruments, the speaker arrives and confers with the master of ceremonies. Ushers are lined up.  Campers file in, some trying to make sure that their little ones have made it to their proper group locations. The camp bell rings, and service soon begins.  As we stand to our feet to sing out to our King, His presence joins us and as the special singing moves our souls, He rejoices.  When the speaker brings the Word and admonishes us to look deep inside ourselves and not worry about the others in the building, it becomes personal  – God and I!  Oh, Spirit, move me!!!

Evenings are spent by the fireside, roasting marshmallows and chatting with friends, joyful laughter before we hit our beds – a full day, worth every moment of the seclusion from the outside world.

Can you imagine a full week of this?  Could your vacation be any wiser of a choice?  Could your children find better, lifelong friends anywhere else?  Can you say that you don’t need time away, or a refreshing from God?  Can you afford to miss out on what happens down at the altar every night, watching those precious young people step forward to cement things down with God, or possibly, even as YOU make your way down to the front to tell God your hearts heavy burden?

Even though generations of families have come to our camp for years, we began when our sons were young.  It was a safe place for them to ride their bikes all around, fish and hunt for crawfish in the creek, make lifelong friends and learn more about God.  A place that they knew we would set aside each year, shut ourselves off from the outside world and just commune with God, nature and friends.  We have worked hard to make sure that our sons could be at camp, sacrificing much to make it happen.  Now our sons are grown, yet they love to come back.0730010756

I love the mornings on my deck, Bible and coffee in hand, watching the sunrise over the treetops.  God speaks to me there in that quiet place, letting me know that He is pleased that I am there.  The week will go by quickly, campsites will be closed down, campfires snuffed out, vehicles packed back up, and all will head home, but what God will do in this place over these 7 – 8 days will stay with us for the rest of the year and before we know it, a new week of Family Camp will be upon us!  Are you ready????

Get away…

Matthew 4:20

At once they left their nets and followed him.

Song of Solomon 2:10

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.

Mark 6:31 – 32

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Psalm 23:2

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

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Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Job 37:14

“Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.

Ruth 2:12

The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

Psalm 131:1-2a

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul.

1538_10151804660539073_2078618898_nDeuteronomy 32:1-4

Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;
    hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
 Let my teaching fall like rain
    and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
    like abundant rain on tender plants.

 I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
    upright and just is he.

Get filled…

Ephesians 3:19

know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Luke 24:49

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay …  until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Luke 24:45

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Ephesians 3:14-19

 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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Smoooooooooth… or Screaming?

Ever since our return from Brazil, I’ve been enjoying the rich, smooth taste of the coffee I brought back.  It makes the thought of the bitter stuff we normally drink offensive… What a contrast, when it all comes from the same kind of bean!

The other day as I walked out of a store to my car, a mother was screaming at her 2 small boys, basically wanting them to shut up about whatever they were trying to tell her, and she “told” them that they had to go get something to eat.  My heart just broke at the way those boys were addressed, and I wondered how they will grow up, if that is the way they are raised.  Both little fellas were crying, and I just wanted to go hug them and let them know that there is love in the world, and not everyone grows up being spoken to in that manner.

James 3 says this:  7-12 This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?

So can Brazilian coffee beans taste the same when produced in different places?  Can a mother scream at her small sons and have them grow up feeling secure and loved?  The rest of that part of James 3 states this:

13-18 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

Just like my coffee from Brazil tasting so rich and smooth, pleasing to the tongue with every drop, God wants the words that come out of our mouths to be kind and loving, treating everyone around us with love and respect.  Blessing and cursing are opposites – if you do one, the other just doesn’t fit in with the lifestyle – it makes you an hypocrite.

Have you ever seen elderly people who are just horribly nasty, mean, grumpy and difficult to get along with? I always wonder what kind of life they lead to end up with that kind of attitude.  Do you think they were like the mom mentioned above?  How sad…

Just as I am enjoying the coffee I am drinking, I will also try to live my life so that I am not two-faced.  I will live to please God  to the very best of my ability. And as my old CYC (Christian Youth Crusaders) program stated in their pledge:

“Taking Jesus as my example and Saviour, as a Cadet Crusader I will try to increase in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.”

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52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

 

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I Wanna look like That!

Right now, everything is beautifully blooming. Colors are amazing, scents are wafting over the air with gentle breezes.  Have you ever seen a Chestnut tree in bloom?

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Don’t they look like little Christmas trees?

How about Tulip trees and tulips?  They look alike.

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Lilacs vs. Butterfly bush?

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A Snowball bush and a snowball?

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Ok, one more!

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Some Christians are a lot like that, too.  Some call themselves Christians, but their words and actions do not match the meaning of the word.  They may look like a Christian when they come to church, cleaning up their language, talking the lingo, playing the game, but when they walk out the church door, their real self takes over.  They confuse the public by saying that they are Christians, when there is no difference in their talk, their walk, their dress.  They think they are fooling some, but really, they are only fooling themselves.

Being a Christian is not living in the USA.  It is not going to church when you feel like it or need prayer for something.  It is not acting like one when you feel like it and doing things your own way when you don’t.  Being a Christian is a discipline that you take on because you have determined in your heart that you want to please God more than ANYONE else! Even YOURSELF!  When this is the most important thing in your life, you will want to be the real deal, not an imitation.  You will want to see what God’s Word has for you, not just read a verse here or there when the mood strikes.  You will want to go worship with others on a regular basis and soak in the music, share in the joys and sorrows of the family of God and hear the message that is meant to help you improve an area in your life.  You will want your children to be raised with the standards God gives us. You will want God’s way so much that your desires become His desires. And so much more!

So don’t be a look-alike. Be the real deal.  Or at least begin.  Ask the Lord to help you in any of the areas that are weak in your life.  Then, just like you get up to go to school or work or whatever you do each day, make God’s teachings a discipline in your life and make today the first day of a beautiful and fragrant future!

 

“Live Like That”

Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I’m only just a memory
When I’m home where my soul belongs

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of us
Was my worship more than just a song

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change our heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass
And even if they don’t know my name
Is there evidence that I’ve been changed
When they see me, do they see You

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

I want to show the world the love You gave for me
I’m longing for the world to know the glory of the King

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Mark 12:30

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Ephesians 5:1

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

THAT’S what I want to look like!

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Weddings, Cancer, Brazil

33 - Justin and Maureen exitAs we are about to celebrate one more wedding, the last son to get married, my mind goes back to almost 3 years ago when my first son got married.  The first one is always so exciting, and it was a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly, perfect for their outdoor wedding on quads.

Two years later, the second son married his sweetheart on  a glorious, sunshiny day!  They decided on a traditional, indoor wedding.  The bride came and spent the week before the wedding with 401399_10151166422858070_1128153193_nus.  It was a grand day, and I was so proud of my handsome husband and gorgeous sons!

Less than 3 years from when the first one decided to marry, our third son will be married, in less than a month! They plan an outdoor wedding if the weather co-operates and the wedding fever is in full bloom around here.  Three sons, three weddings, in three years. What joy we are having!

Alongside of the happiness in our family, is the sorrow that has pounded our hearts at the news of the return of my mother’s cancer. It was like a death sentence had been handed down, the constriction to our hearts a pain no one should have to go through, the knowledge of what is coming a sadness to our core. We cherish each moment, each conversation, hoping and praying for more time and no pain for her journey. Cancer – the beast.  Heaven – the hope.

cassia-fistula-3In June, we are to take a return trip to Brazil. For the most part, it stays in the back of my mind.  I have a wedding to get through first, then I will begin to get excited for the trip.  Occasionally, my husband will talk about his hope to fish in the Amazon River this time, a dream of his.  He, my brother and I all will discuss the food we are SO looking forward to tasting once again, farofaand our mouths will drool, and then, there is the COFFEE!  Oh, to think of tasting that again is wonderful!

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As if that isn’t enough, we will have time to spend with some of the most wonderful people on earth. Joy unspeakable!

Happiness. 
Sadness.
Joy.
 

All at the same time. How do we handle such emotional ups and downs? I was reading an earlier blog post entitled, “Don’t Even Try…”  I posted Psalm 126:1-3 at the end:

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true…
We laughed, we sang,
    we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
    “God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
    we are one happy people.

These verses obviously showed my joyous state of mind at that point in time. What Scripture would show the depth of feeling when I think about Mom’s cancer?  Do I go after it?  Do I wallow in the concerns of what is ahead? For this, I take my Mom’s cue and follow her lead.  She keeps a positive frame of mind, trusts the Lord with her future and makes the most of her days. Yesterday in church, we read Matthew 5:45 –

This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

Other verses convince us that bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.  We take the bad along with the good in life and trust God with His infinite wisdom.

So, while there are wonderful trips to my childhood country to take and the beautiful joining of a young couple in marriage and cancer rearing its ugly head, I will stick to Philippians and do my very best to follow the sage advice given:

Philippians 4:11

… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

God bless you on your journey.

 

 

 

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