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Living In A Scary World

I remember that day as if it was yesterday although its been many years.

Outside the winds roared and the sirens blared

but inside in the basement of our home I huddled with my family and waited for the tornado to pass.

I pulled my Tiny Tears doll closer to myself.

I had only had a minute to grab my doll, my money jar and my Bible before I rushed down to the basement.

The wind howled harder. My stomach tightened.

Would it ever pass?

Would this long night ever end?

Visions came to mind of the flattened land that used to be an elementary school.

Just a few months earlier

before we had moved to Kansas City

a vicious tornado had swept through our community

leaving vast destruction in its path. A whole school gone.

My nine year old eyes had seen the result

making a lasting impression of sadness and loss

and the power of a tornado.

I had seen what it could do.

Sickening fear mounted within me and pulled me tighter in its clasp.

What if?

I swallowed and looked down at my doll.

She gave me no hope. Much as I loved her she now lay helplessly in my arms. She could not save me.

I glanced at my money jar resting on the table beside me.

It held all my carefully saved quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies.

But what good would that do me

if our house was destroyed like that school had been?

Much as I’d thought saving my money jar was a good idea

I now saw it’s powerlessness to do anything.

What could the money do?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

I looked down at my small rainbow children’s Bible.

If I held it the just right way

my Bible opened right to Psalm 119.

That was especially helpful when having a Bible drill.

The sirens screamed even louder and I could hear muffled voices outside.

I watched dad walked up the stairs to check on what was happening

and my heart trembled even more.

What if?

And then suddenly I remembered the story of David and how he faced old Goliath.

I opened my Bible to where that picture was

all the while reflecting on the amazing victory God had given.

In the midst of seeming impossibilities

David cried out to God for strength and victory.

And God heard his cry.

Mean, vicious, terrifying Goliath was defeated.

My heart began to relax. I knew where my help came from.

There is terror in our world today. There is no denying it.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

But in the midst of the terror God still whispers His peace.

Toys won’t save us. Money has only limited ability to help.

But

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

My heart is quieted as I rest in His ability. He whispers calm to all of us.

What ifs slowly diminish as we allow ourselves to be wrapped in His comfort

and trust in His Power.

That tornado passed over us that night and life returned to normal

but I will always remember  that terrifying experience.

But I learned that

God still gives peace in the midst of the storm.

Visions of destruction might easily come to mind

but let’s turn our eyes to the One Who gives victory.

Let’s remember what He has done in the past and seek hope in Him alone.

He still gives Peace.

He still gives Hope.

He still gives victory.

May our response to every what if be —

so what. Our trust is in Him.

Nestled in His care we can live each day with confidence and courage.

 

 

 

 

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Would You Change Anything If You Could Go Back?

I hadn’t been awake very long. Sleep still in my eyes, cobwebs in my mind

when I heard this jarring question

“Would you do anything different if you could go back?”

I began to think.

Would I?

So as I prepared for the day and now well into the day

I find myself still pondering that question.

On one hand, I know that I would do some things differently.

For one thing, I would love more.

Yes, truly, deeply love those close to me.

I find that when I ponder the years past that it all went too fast.

I’d love to hold hands and spend time together

making memories and getting to know each other at the deepest level.

Then, I’d want to laugh more and worry less.

Growing up I worried about everything. Most of it never happened

and the things that did,

well it never helped that I had worried myself into a frenzy.

No, life is for loving and laughing. Let God carry the rest.

Last, I would pack more living into my days.

The older I get the more aware I am that life is fleeting.

I’d go more places, take more adventures, build more friendships.

I’d listen more, talk less

dream more, fret less.

Try more things and slow down.

And most of all,

have brownies for breakfast.

Yes, I’m realizing that there’s a time to drop the list and expectations

and live each day like these are the only 24 hours we have.

Oswald Chambers said, “”Never limit God by remembering what you have done in the past. When you come into relation with the Reality of Redemption, God creates something in you that was never there before; it is the active working of the life of God in you; consequently you can do now what you could not do before. ”

Powerful thoughts that add wisdom to my musings today.

It’s a new day.

Let’s dGracie October 2014o what we could not do before.

I don’t know about you

but I’m going to bake some brownies

and have them for breakfast.

 

 

Let’s Change Our World

It’s often easy to get discouraged in our broken world;

to get flattened when things don’t happen the way we think  they will;

to become shattered when our dreams lie smashed at our feet;

to want to give up.

But God loves us deeply where we are. He sees, He knows, He cares.

He will make our dreams live again.

He will sing again His song of love through us.

I believe that for you. I’ve seen that in my own life.

Years ago Valentine’s Day was the day

when I would watch beautiful bouquets of flowers delivered to others.

My heart would beat with sadness until I began to realize

that there were many, many people

Who need a touch of His Love on that day.

Yes, He gave me an idea to send Valentines to folks

that I knew needed

a fresh reminder that they were not alone,

not forgotten.

It changed everything for me.

Valentine’s Day became an opportunity to reach out and let people

know that they are very special

whether they are married with a husband or boyfriend

who showers them

with flowers and candy

or not.

God is Love. He is everywhere.

Our world says you are loved when you have that special relationship,

or beauty, money and position.

But God says you are loved because you are you.

He loves you wherever you are. He knows your name.

He loves you deeply and wants you to know that.

Many times through the years we would have

a ‘Jesus Loves You’ party in our home

on Valentines Day.

Beautifully decorated cake

streamers and balloons,

Celebrating His deep love and personal care for each of us.

Celebrating His kindness in creating our family.

My two girls that mean so very much to me.

He also calls us to take His love to our world

to let those around us know the truth.

‘A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!’ Oscar Hammerstein.

Join me won’t you in passing on His Love to others.

Give it away

Write it

Sing it

Yes, in our ordinary world,

while there is still time

Let the discouraged and downcast

the cynical and hard

the confused and hurting

the lonely and forgotten

know

that Love always wins.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. I John 4:7

 

 

 

 

 

 
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