I write about marriage and family, because those are often topics that are on my heart. When people ask me for advice on being a wife and being married, I always tell them, “Marriage is a lot of work. It can bring you your greatest joys and your deepest sorrows. It’s a ministry. It’s challenging, but it is one of THE MOST rewarding things that you can partner with another person (who was once a complete stranger if you really think about it) to do during the course of your life.”
Have you ever noticed how something as simple as your favorite pair of jeans or leggings can bring you a world of comfort?
Now imagine how you’d feel if you lost all of your worldly possessions.
That’s reality for many residents of Louisiana right now.
For my husband it brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina. For me it brings back memories of my first flood experience. It was almost 5 years ago, to the day. My apartment was spared, but my car was under several feet of water.
It’s one of those things you never forget. It’s a crushing blow to your mind and spirit, but it is also a true lesson about the things that matter in life– health, strength, your family– and simply being alive.
When I received these leggings to review, I thought I would be giving them to the clothing drive at my church or maybe to one of the youth, but I’m including them in my collection of items to donate to the local relief efforts and I pray you’ll find it in your heart to support them as well.
Yes, they’re cute. Sure, they’re trendy, but now they mean something much more– they can be a small sense of comfort– a step to returning to normality for a child who just lost all of her new, back-to-school clothes. A single pair of jeans or an individual donation may not change everything, but they can be a start.
My local ministry will be coordinating relief efforts. If you are unable to give items directly, you can use this link to give a monetary donation.
Scriptures for Encouragement:
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lam. 3:22-25)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Cor 1:3,4)
Coming Up: International Day of Peace Action Week (September 18 – 25, 2016)
There’s been so much going on in Louisiana over the past few months, and it has been a lot to process.
I’ll be taking part in the International Day of Peace Action Week next month and speaking more about my personal experiences, my individual reflections, and some of the activities taking place across the State, Nation and World. Please check back for more updates.
Thanks for reading!
This post exists in two parts:
Here’s Part I, the original Facebook live video.
Here’s the Part II recording from my podcast:
The art of the press, is the process by which we continue to pray, praise and persevere — even when the very act of doing so make no sense at all.
When we commit to the PRESS we get to the PROMISE.
The PRESS is PERSONAL.
Since beginning my podcast, I have had to think a good bit about “my audience” and how much I invite my readers and listeners into my life and world.
This past week, I went to complete my MSW Licensure paperwork and saw this poem posted on the wall of the DPS worker’s desk. She’s a pro at people asking for copies and had one ready for me to take (Thanks Ms. Nancy!). The author is unknown, but I wanted to share here on the blog.
If you’ve been reading or listening to me for any measure of time, you know how I feel about friendships and associations. This hits the nail on the head.
Invite Your Audience Carefully
Not everyone is spiritually healthy and mature enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life who need to be loved from a distance.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships, friendships, fellowships.
Observe the relationships around you.
Pay attention to:
Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?
When you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around.
Remember that the people we hang out with will ultimately have an impact on both our lives and our income, so we must be careful to choose the people we associate with as well as the information we feed our minds. We should not share our dreams with negative people nor feed our dreams with negative thoughts.
It’s your choice and your life.
It’s up to you who and what you let in it.
Ask God for godly wisdom and discernment, and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life.
– Author Unknown
Scriptures to Meditate On:
Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.