God, Help Us Stop Living With Regret

God, Help Us Stop Living With Regret.

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Languages, Translations, Words

Language, languages, words, writing – I’m not a “Word”smith – not the way I see other writers are, not the way my sons in the Lord are… but I still love Words… and I love THE Word of God.

My youngest son posted this for me on FB ~ A mhathair alainn, i mo chroi go deo ~ great – ummm, wwwwhat?  And the following posts from his sis-in-law (like mine) and his Big Sister that followed, showed SHE understood what it meant… So I learned today, how to go to Google Translate (of course he had to tell me the language he had posted this message in)… like a treasure hunt I think.  :-)   Translation!

“My beautiful mother, in my heart forever.”

Awwwww.  Amazing timing today.  And OUCH!  Made me *sniffle* – cry.  Why you ask?

Because I am SO missing my family, and having empty nest emotional issues today, “missing our identity as a family, that will never be for me again” (yes, divorce issues again today) ~ and TODAY this youngest son tells me the meaning of this fun-to-him, encrypted, secret message to me that he posted on FB publicly.  And he boasts that his Sis took the time to go find the meaning, and came back and commented.

His grown & adult but very COOL Sis that make sure she gives GOOD GIFTS, gifts that you actually wanted ~ and she remembers, and diligently goes and finds them and presents them SO beautifully… that same Sis (my only daughter) that MADE sure that I got a digital camera (my old camera died and I’ve grieved it long) AND the batteries and memory card to go with (she knows my non-existent single Mom budget).

Your timing, Lord, is very humbling.

I wasn’t feel so beautiful, Prov 31-ish, or like a very good Mother today… more like looking at all of my failures in magnification!  Tears come unbidden more and more these days.  I hope that means more healing is happening, I hope.  Laughter and tears TOGETHER is a good thing, right?  I hope.  I’m weary with these tears Lord ~ I understand more and more about David’s Psalms… I think more than I ever really wanted too.  ***sheepish smile***thru tears***

Thank you Lord that you love me.  And that my kids, that are SO grown, love me – even in my tears, struggles, and weaknesses.

~ME

An Extravagant Gift of . . . Potatoes

from the True Woman network ~ link here.  http://www.truewoman.com/?id=1783 – written and posted by Paula Hendricks on 8-19-11.


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Posted on 08.19.11 by Paula Hendricks

I will never forget what I witnessed and participated in last  week. Every year at our staff revival week, leadership chooses a project for us  to raise money for. This year, they decided to collect funds to meet the needs  of those in our ministry. The needs were numerous . . . someone needed a  $10,000 medical device; others didn’t even have enough money for groceries;  several would have to leave the ministry if they weren’t able to raise more  monthly support, etc.

You’ve probably read that verse in Acts 2:45 that says, “And they were selling  their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any  had need.” But have you seen it in action? I have!

Last week, the Life Action family—most of whom raise financial support—gave $133,000  in cash to meet each other’s needs . . . and that does not include the material items given that could double  that amount, including motorcycles, cars, and homes. Here are just a few specific  “giving” stories from the week:

  • One family gave the major portion of savings  they had set aside to someday own their own home and have a real vacation. They  gave over $19,000.
  • Another couple (with young children) was led to  try to sell their home in hopes they can find an elderly  couple or widow with whom they could help take care of, live with, and bless.
  • One single woman gave $10,000. She had been saving the money to bless her future husband, but was excited  about learning to trust and depend on Jesus for her needs more fully.
  • Another single woman was led to go to the home  of a family to offer child care and provide the money  necessary for the couple to have a cup of coffee together every week . . .  something the wife had just finished praying for!

But the most impactful gift, in my opinion? A wife and mom  of a large family with little income stood apologetically before us, offering  her all—a garden harvest of treasured potatoes—the  crop her family usually enjoyed and depended on all winter long.

Maybe to you this all sounds strange, crazy . . . wasteful. Why would anyone  give their savings and possessions—especially during such uncertain economic  times—leaving themselves with almost nothing?

I think it has a whole lot to do with this:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his  poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).

In light of the offering that was collected, our executive director, Byron  Paulus, encouraged us to prepare for the greatest ministry season ever:

“What if there is a direct connection between what  we give materially and what the Lord gives in return by way of true riches . .  . of His mercy, grace, and love? Luke  16:11 makes it clear that if we are faithful with money, He will entrust to  us true riches. If this is what Scripture teaches (and it is), then we had  better . . . get ready for the greatest ministry season ever!”

(Bring it on, Lord!)

PS: Giving money isn’t the only way to give . . . the  Sullivan family (on staff with Life Action) adopted Andrei from a Russian  orphanage years ago. Last month, The New York  Yankees reunited Andrei with a boyhood friend from Baby House 10. Their  story will bring tears to your eyes!

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Hugs to My Friend

I saw you cry tonight.

Just had to hug you close.

Hope that didn’t embarrass you, really (sorry!)

I wanted to wipe away your tears, and tell you it WILL be alright.

But I’m not God.

What I DO know is His comfort.

That HE holds us in the storms.

In fact, HE HOLDS US UP.

Praying for you tonight.

That you know His comfort too.

~Hugs~

–excerpt from God’s Heart for You, Embracing

a portion of a post from (In)Courage today – from God’s Heart for You, Embracing
Your True Worth as a Woman
by Holley Gerth …along with a link at the bottom to their current Give-Away contest. :-)

Hey you,

the one wondering if you’re enough,

if you’d be loved if anyone really knew you—

turn your heart this way for a moment,

then lean in and listen close…

Acceptance?

You’ve got it.

You don’t have to look any further

than the hands of the One who made you,

the heart of the One who loves you.

You’re welcomed, held,

cherished just as you are

and encouraged to grow

into all you’ll become.

So hold your heart and head high;

look the world in the eyes and say…

“I’m His. I’m loved.

I’m already accepted today.”

–excerpt from God’s Heart for You, Embracing
Your True Worth as a Woman
by Holley Gerth {available as a book or ebook}

*You still have until Thursday at midnight CST to  make your “In God’s Heart I Am…?”  sign, take a photo of it, and upload it to the facebook page {stop by to
see all the signs–so fun!} to be entered in the big giveaway. Get the details here.*

Surprised

I came to help, to serve, to comfort, to do well and work hard, I know He sent me… and was surprised. 

Surprised to find I am the one in need.

Surprised.

Caught off guard – finding that as I give;  you give back, generously, with more comfort and tender care than I know how to take in.

Surprised.

Shocked really, by the mingling of our pain, the hidden places that need healing, the similarities in our lives, His comfort poured out over us together.

Surprised.

To be receiving instead of only giving. I’ve been so long the giver.  I think my “receiver” is broken.

Surprised.

By the love of God, His glory on families, faithful ones, and aging; His grace poured into broken lives.  And  how well you have and do honor Him with yours.

Surprised.

By His Presence, in you.