Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day

Diana here:

In the USA, this weekend is known as Memorial Day Weekend. For those of you who aren't Americans, we celebrate the memory of the veterans who fought wars to keep our country safe.

Like most Americans I have relatives who have fought and fallen while serving. I appreciate what they did, but I'm sad that they were lost before their time.

The future that stands before us is scary. Will we be fighting more wars? Wars at home? More lives lost? I'm certain this will be the case. If it occurs while I'm still alive I hope I can withstand the pain and suffering that our armed service does. Even when not fighting, many are part of the losing of loved ones. It requires Godly strength to maintain one's faith.

As a Christian, I'd like this to be a day we also remember those who have held strong to their faith. The Christian's who were beheaded because they wouldn't renounce the name of Christ. Because they were strong may we be strong as well.

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trouble Sleeping?

Angie here: How well do you sleep? Have you ever tossed and turned or stared at the ceiling because of stress, worry, or an injustice? I have. I think the worst is injustice, especially when it's based on lies. Can you relate? You just can't get comfortable, erg!

A painful struggle is when lies are at the root of the injustice. Have you experienced that kind of thing before? I sure have. It always feels like the person or people involved are behaving like they're back in junior high. I can't figure that out. Why do people really think it lowers esteem for the victim? I think about how God will expect an answer for what we do. And, to be frank, I do have less respect for people that lie or manipulate to get their "high" by putting a target on another person.

Can you imagine being "that guy"? The one who justified the lie so mere humans would be manipulated into believing the lie but you didn't see the bigger picture when God turns His eyes on the liar. Don't want to be that guy (or gal)! Does that person have trouble sleeping?

My very favorite book deals with this from a maligned mother's perspective. It's called Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers. Very beautifully handled. I've read it twice and have my own hardback copy.
Has a book connected
with a real life situation
for you before?

Are you sleeping? If not, take a look at this Psalm and use it to pray for peaceful rest. 

I pray this Psalm when I feel targeted. I pray it for you too if you're in a similar situation. I pray that you'll rest in the Great Defender and rest well!