How To Keep Believing In Miracles

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense. Ann Voskamp

(Hello out there! It has been a long time since you’ve heard anything out of me. We are coming out of a deep freeze where I live and I sort of feel the same way about my writing. I’ve been chipping away at this particular post for a while now. I hope it will encourage any of you who may be looking for a miracle today.)

Believe - Finding The InspiringWe want to believe in miracles. Especially at Christmastime and, really, at all times.

But sometimes life makes it hard. People make it hard.

Like frozen ice hard.

And as a winter storm turns liquid to solid, pain can turn a heart cold.

Suddenly, pulsing flesh can feel like a cocoon of crystalized tears.

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And, yes, we could let the hurts of this hurting world overcome us. Let all that bends us break us.

But this is not who we are.

“We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

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We are believers.

We may be fragile, but we are faith-filled.

Even when that faith seems more like a toothpick than an ice pick, and we wonder if we will ever be able to touch the tender petals of hope again.

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We keep believing because Jesus gives us reason to believe.

His star, still guiding us through the darkest winters of our souls, birthing faith in us before life makes sense.

Faith. This gift from God. Evidence of things not seen.

This is the miracle that melts away all doubt.

There will be a springtime. There will come a thaw. And, as we wait, we sing.

Our praises wrapped in warm breath, like angels wings, rising to heaven in frost-covered air.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

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Oh, Light of the World, shine on us today. Whatever the situation, help us to draw near to you. Let us rest in your presence. The place where all miracles begin.

Labor Day Inspiration

I never thought much about Labor Day. I enjoyed the day off work, of course. Who doesn’t like extra time to relax and enjoy a long weekend with family and friends?

But lately I’ve been wondering what it must have been like for the people who put Labor Day on the calendar.

Labor Day New York 1882

Labor Day New York 1882

Those people who were the backbone of the Industrial Revolution, who worked 12 hour days, every.single.day.

Who hammered away the minutes with steely determination so that they could own a small part of the American dream.

They were just trying to put food on the table. Just trying to survive.

I’ll be thinking about them this weekend.

All those men, women and children who laid foundations and raised cities and literally built this country with their blood, sweat and tears.

And I’ll be asking God to give that same steely determination to His people as we face the struggles of rebuilding what’s been lost. Repairing the foundation of faith that will make this country strong again. Restoring hope.

That’s my American dream. Yours too? I hope this video will inspire to keep pressing toward that goal knowing that your labor is not in vain.

Meanwhile, enjoy some rest this weekend. I hope you get to relax and Have a Happy Labor Day!

 

What We Need This Weekend

…and every day.

I found in this video, a simple prayer set to music.

“Refresh Me”

The term “refresh” is synonymous
with other great words like

revive, restore, renew

All the things a soul needs to survive.

My favorite lines from this song?

“God, let your purposes unfold.
There’s a greater story to be told.”

I love that confessions of weakness do not prevent us from declaring our faith in God – the One who promises that the plans He has for us are for good and not for harm (Jer. 29:11).

Though we may not see it at the moment, there is a greater story at work in our lives. Someday we will understand. For now, we will trust. And pray.

“Refresh Me”

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Cor. 4:16-18

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Hoped It Would

You could feel a dark cloud hanging heavy over the room as the young woman with the long, brown hair began to share her heartbreak.

She cried as she spoke of the pressures of her husband’s job and how she was now second-guessing their decision to move to a new city away from the comfort of the community they had known.

Another woman told her story of having to be apart from her husband for 22 months when he was forced to take a job in another part of the state. At the time, she had just found out she was pregnant and had to remain in her job for the insurance benefits. He missed the birth of their first child as a result.

Photo and Verse

Around that circle of strangers, tears flowed. And so did words like bitterness and anger, with heads nodding in empathetic agreement.  Because we all know that life is hard, and there is no shame in admitting that. Jesus himself is described by the prophet Isaiah as “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (Isa. 53:3)

But we also acknowledged that our faith is in God and not circumstances. That there is still hope, even when life doesn’t turn out the way we hoped it would.

So we prayed. And as we bowed our heads and carried each others burdens to the cross, it reminded me of how important it is for us to gather together and share our journey with other believers. We need that connection and encouragement.

Because it’s easier to hold on to hope when we hold on to each other.

And when I looked up, the world seemed new. All those smiling faces in a circle of light, shining like the sun on a cloudless summer day.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25

 

Freedom – Four Thoughts For The Fourth

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. I’m all about alliteration. 🙂 Seriously, though…

I’ve been thinking about the Independence Day celebration we Americans look forward to each year, and contemplating FREEDOM.

The word is one we are frequently fond of tossing into the air and, much like the firecrackers that will fill up the 4th of July sky this week, it’s an idea that ignites passion in people all over the world. Here are some of my random thoughts on the subject:

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1.  Blessing comes with freedom. When we acknowledge and honor the Source – the One from whom all blessings flow.

2. There’s good freedom and bad freedom. Some understand that freedom is a gift and they strive to serve others out of gratitude (good). Others see it as a tool to get what they want, and they use it to serve themselves (bad).

“Posterity–you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Quincy Adams (July 4, 1837)

3. Freedom is fragile. If it can be won, can it not also be lost?

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. Proverbs 14:34

4. Freedom breeds hope. And this is rooted in our faith.

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” – Abraham Lincoln

I hope you enjoy the following video containing quotes from our Founding Fathers!

Founding Faith (America’s Heritage) from seekfirstmedia on GodTube.