"I’m pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed.."
I’m Trading My Sorrows
I’m Trading My Sorrows
heard an encouraging message at exodus today, sitting cross legged (or indian style… as we called it in kindergarten) on this cloud of a bed, discovering new music, blinds are open to a bright world, have a lot to do, but doing nothing at all… and not in a state of distress. eating a salmon poke burrito later then going to rock harbor. the most feel good serene i’ve felt in awhile.
”The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. And He saves those who are broken in spirit.”—
A promise made should be a promos kept. How glad we can be that God always keeps His promises. When we go through the darkest of the dark days, when our hearts are crushed with unyielding pain, when we don’t even see the tiniest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, we don’t have to wonder where God is in our lives. The Bible says it clearly: “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.” It bears repeating. Keep those words in your heart. How often I hear people ask, “Where was God when I needed Him most?”
I know exactly where He is when we need Him most. He is right here. He is near.
The old gospel song says, “Jesus paid it all. All to him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
No wonder John wrote, “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children—and so, in fact, we are” 1 John 3:1
Think about it. Make it real in your mind. You are God’s child. Whether you love Him or hate Him, whether you flee from Him or cuddle in His arms, you remain God’s child.
As the old hymn says, Jesus did indeed pay it all—so we could be part of His family forever. I hope the sparkle in my eyes tells Him that I appreciate the gift more than I possibly say. Though I try to tell Him, I find that words are simply not enough.
When I don’t quite understand what is happening, when I’m bewildered by life itself, remind me that the price has been paid so I can look for the joy to return. And when you remind me, remind yourself, so we both can relax in His love.
beauty in sound
beauty in sight
For every time I need a pep talk.
For every time you need a pep talk.
Sometimes these particular student pick up shifts can be long, strangely tiring (even if we don’t do much work), and boring… But it’s still nice to see the expression on people’s faces when they see their loved ones again.
This little girl was playing with her toy as she walked up the arrivals ramp. The moment she saw her dad she gasped daddy, dropped everything then ran into his arms. I just witnessed the purest form of joy.