God Rocks #7: Unthinkable Peace in the Midst of Grief

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

All of us suffer losses. The loss of a loved one, the devastation of a divorce, the implosion of a career, a financial collapse.

And it leaves us reeling. Shocked at first. Then devastated as reality sets in. Angry at God or someone else. And finally depressed when we realize we can’t turn back the loss.

 

 

Photo by renu parkhl

Photo by renu parkhl

 

 

Some of you maybe in the midst of this mourning right now.

 

Grief overwhelms you. You’ve fought it but now you’re just numb. And you don’t know the way back out to the sunshine. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan

One of my favorite songs.  So many layers of meaning.

And such a great reminder to enjoy those we love when we have the opportunity.

Hope you enjoy this on your Sunday.

 

If you can’t see the video you can watch it here.

Do you have a favorite music video?

God Rocks #6: Discovering Power When You’re in a Crisis

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Have you ever come simply to the end of yourself in the midst of a crisis? Maybe you’re there right now.

Perhaps your marriage is struggling. Or your finances have imploded. Or your health isn’t.

 

Photo by Ivana Vasilj

Photo by Ivana Vasilj

 

You’ve tried everything. You’ve gone through counseling. You’ve read books. You’ve taken the treatments. But nothing works. And you don’t know what else to do. And you can’t see the way forward.

 

So here you are at the end of yourself feeling defeated and frustrated and hopeless.

I’ve been there too–several times. [Read more...]

God Rocks #5: Safety When the World’s Exploding

Part of the new series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

People are afraid right now in a way I’ve rarely seen. I notice it in talking with friends and reading Facebook and emails.

Frankly people have good reason to be scared.

Islamic terrorists are beheading people and threatening to attack us. Ebola is spreading into our country. Extreme weather is producing droughts in certain areas and floods in others.

 

Photo by Bryan Burke

Photo by Bryan Burke

 

 

Friends have said, “I’m not traveling anywhere. I’m staying close to home. I don’t even go out much. And no way am I getting me on an airplane.”

 

Yet, when we’re filled with fear it impacts all of our life. We simply stop living when we give into it. And then we lose. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Remember When it Rained” by Josh Groban

One of my favorites of Josh Groban.  Simply touches my heart whenever I hear it.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

If you can’t see the video you can watch it here.

 

Do you have a favorite music video?  Please share it.

 

God Rocks #4: Miracles for Our Insignificant but Important Needs

Part of the new series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

The son of close friends along with his wife and two young children just left on a medical missions project.

We attended their church for a send off with their family and friends. Tears were shed and hugs given.

I can’t imagine embarking on this with two small children but they felt God’s calling and went.

When they arrived at the training facility in Hawaii one of insignificant but important items they had to leave behind was the jumper for their infant.

 

Baby in Jumper

 

Remembering our children at that age it seems insignificant yet can be so important to have something like a jumper or windup swing. Put them in it. They’re happy. And you can fix dinner, use the bathroom or even glance at a book for five minutes.

 

But they couldn’t bring it so now what? [Read more...]

God Rocks #3: Home Safe Again

Part of the new series “God Rocks:  101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!”   Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day.  I hope it encourages you today!

 

I could hear the whine of the F-15 fighter jets as they passed over the airport runway a couple of miles away. It grew quiet but then in the distance growing louder. They had turned off the end of the runway and headed for our home where they bank overhead turning onto their base leg.

F-15 Flying Over

 

Suddenly, I saw one burst into sight above our eucalyptus trees which line our backyard. Graceful war birds returning from a daily training sortie. The pilot banked nearly a ninety degrees directly overhead applying throttle. The engines roared then chirped as he let off feathering it into position to line up for landing.
Immediately another followed his pattern.

And I breathed a sigh and said, “Thank you Lord for bringing my son home safe again.” [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Amazing Grace” by Celtic Woman

A beautiful rendition of this most favorite song.

Hope you enjoy it on your Sunday.

 

 

If you have trouble seeing it you can also watch it here.

 

If you have a favorite music video please send it to me.

God Rocks #2: Peace When You Hurt

Part of the new series “God Rocks:  101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!”  Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day.  I hope it encourages you today!

 

We stood singing during the worship service Sunday morning. In front of me were two twenty-something women deep in conversation. As the rest of us sang they continued to talk only occasionally glancing up at the worship leaders.

I thought, “What you can’t just stop talking long enough to at least worship? Why did you bother to come? Why not just go out for a cup of coffee instead of distracting everyone else?”

Photo by Andrey

Photo by Andrey

My thought vibes evidently didn’t connect because they never even paused.

I grew more aggravated.

Then I realized I wasn’t worshiping because I was focusing on them. That irritated me even more. [Read more...]

God Rocks #1: Guidance from Unlikely People

Part of the new series “God Rocks:  101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!”  Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day.  I hope it encourages you today!

 

I’ve been writing this blog for a year now. And though it’s had some success it hasn’t set any land speed records for growth.

So I’ve been reevaluating. Trying to discern where to go with it.

Not frustrated really just wanting to be more effective.

 

Photo by Samantha

Photo by Samantha

 

I enjoy it but it’s not like a hobby. It’s tough writing everyday.

Over the last year I’ve felt like it continues to improve but right now I’m at another cross roads.

I need a fresh vision. [Read more...]