NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER & REMEMBRANCE

TL 9-9 THRU 9-11 NATIONAL DAYS OF PRAYER & REMEMBRANCELet’s pray:

Dear Heavenly Father,
The Bible tells us that You understand what our hearts feel even when we are not able to utter the words that make sense.  We trust that You hear our heavy hearts right now.  We’ve made strides to move on with our lives because we don’t have a choice but to do so, but our country will never be the same.  We lost a little of our ability to trust others.  We lost much of our innocence to be sure.  The impact of that day will be a part of who we are as a nation until the day You return to take Your own to Heaven.  We continue to pray for healing on all levels for the ones who were there that day.  Please keep Your mighty hand on the ones who lost loved ones.  We know that’s a pain that never ceases, even with the passing of time.  Bless the first responders, good Samaritans and those able to lend a hand that day.  We long for real peace more now than ever before.  Lord, please heal our land and restore America as only You can.  Help us to humble ourselves before You and seek Your face as a nation.  We ask all of this in the matchless name of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Where to go from here?  We remember…  we pray for those who will grieve losses.  But at some point, we count the crosses along with the gifts we’re given by God.  Lucinda reminds us to Count and Grow.COUNT AND GROW

WE THANK YOU FOR THATIt isn’t easy to be thankful to God when you feel such deep pain and loss, but once you begin to thank Him for the little things…  I guess I should say, the seemingly little things, as they are not – things like waking up, being able to get out of bed, your next breath…  if you can consider that it’s God making all these things possible – and start praising Him for these things…  it’s a start to finding a new normal in your life.  Lucinda writes, “When it is beyond us, You get the glory.”  So, we know that our loss is beyond our control, but when we start to be thankful for things in our own life, God gets the glory.

We can’t do a day by ourselves but we lean on God for help.  And we thank Him for that!  🙂

 

HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY

TL 8-8 HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY

I think most of us are happiest when we are doing something for someone else. Nothing gives me more joy than to be serving someone in some capacity. I don’t have to be doing anything that is earth-shattering or worthy of the evening news. Simple little acts of kindness make me feel more happy and content. I need to be needed and wanted – we all do!

Today is HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY!!!  I’m not making it up – it’s a real holiday and I think it’s a great idea for those of us who have lost loved ones. As I study the concept of happiness I’ve come to a couple of conclusions. I know without a shadow of a doubt that my family would want me to be happy. And to be happy, I need to be serving someone else – helping them along their journey in life.

Happiness isn’t on the road to anything – happiness is the road.  – Bob Dylan, quoting his grandmother

Whether it is service in your local church, or as a volunteer somewhere, we heal from our own issues better if we are helping someone else heal too. It’s how God made us – to help each other. I just have one question about the words to this next song. If a person felt like a room without a roof, then would that be considered a room anymore? If a room doesn’t have a roof, hmm… I don’t think it’s really a room. Some of these songs you just can’t over think.

As Christians we can be especially happy because we know our Lord has this crazy world under control! No matter how much bad news we hear (and there is plenty of it), we can look up and say, “Lord, I know You’ve GOT this!”

Happiness is the Lord – a song I learned many years ago, but one that has stayed with me every day of my life.

If you can’t find someone to help, pray about it. God will put someone in your path.  🙂