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JAMIE GRACE-BEAUTIFUL DAY
Anger. Heart broken. Despair. Empathy for all impacted. More Anger. In fact, of all the emotions I've been dealing with today as we learn about the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, anger has been my strongest and most frequently recurring feeling.
Probably like you, I am still sorting through a lot of emotions and questions. Including the one some Christians may be afraid to ask: WHY, GOD???????????
Short of having that answer, I did find a couple thoughts from some of my Facebook friends comforting:
I have a plan on eradicating the planet of EVERY HEATHEN SOUL. It's not terribly hard at first glance, but it might require changing how you view they way THEY view "the holiday season."
Around this time last year, I used "X-mas" in a status update on Facebook and lost four friends. Am I wrong in thinking that's a pretty trivial thing to end a friendship over??
Here are my reasons for not getting worked up when people don't use the preferred "Christian" words for the season:
However election day went for you, that shouldn't be the end of the story. Whether your picks won or lost, there is still a lot of work to be done.
I've seen and heard a lot of fellow Christians lamenting the results, or gloating. Both sides have acted like the outcome was the final say on all they care about. Like, now that the votes are in, God's all done with His work here.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
My friend Donnie had some awesome ideas on putting your faith into action between elections:
It's quite painful for social media junkies like me to be on Facebook and Twitter today. (By the way, are you and I connected at those places yet? Head to Facebook.com/SOSRadioMike and Twitter.com/MikeCouchman if not. : - )
It's painful mostly because of the political chatter. Everyone's cheering on their side and dissing the other side, not realizing it's all just lawn signs. (When's the last time somebody's lawn sign changed your vote?)
I decided to take this approach once we learn who wins:
Of all the Hurricane Sandy images I saw this week, this one will stick with me the most:
That's somebody in New Jersey meeting a simple need. Most folks didn't have power. This person did. And they offered it freely.
To me, that's the essence of being a Jesus follower! He called us to meet needs. To meet people where they were. Over and over in the Bible, Jesus proved how important this was with His own actions.
From my devotions and reading this week, a few of my favorite takeaways.
In no particular order BTW...a totally random compiling of things I think you might find inspirational, hopeful, useful, etc. :)
"I err on the side of grace to others because someday I’ll stand before God, and I trust He’ll offer grace to me in Jesus."- Jud Wilhite
"Joy doesn't depend on what's going on around you; it depends on what's going on inside you." - Brandi Lanai
"Plant, and you will harvest faithfulness. Plow the ground God has given. The Lord will come and make good things rain on you." - Hosea 10:12
Towards the end of every week, I like looking back at what I have learned. Verses that stuck out in my devotion time. Quotes from others that spoke to me.
And when the week nears its end, I like sharing my favorite verses/quotes with YOU. Enjoy!
"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!" - Psalm 27:14
"Even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting you." - Psalm 56:3
"When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. Don't lose hope."
"All too often the church holds up a mirror reflecting back the society around it, rather than a window revealing a different way." - Philip Yancey
After trying this a week ago and getting great responses, I have decided to make this a (hopefully) every Friday thing.
Each Friday, I'll share a few things I have found helpful, or thoughtful, or challenging (etc.) during my devotion times this week.
This is a completely random list of positive thoughts, quotes, and verses. Enjoy!
"In your darkest moment, right there. In that place of disgusting sin and despair, He's with you. He's still with you." - Carlos Whittaker
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
I am assuming that YOU already know how awesome Christian music can be, right? That's why most people tell us they listen to SOS Radio.
Looks like a lot of other people are finally figuring out what you have known for awhile now. None other than Time Magazine couldn't help but notice the power of Godly music this week!