Catching Hope

Looking for the grace of God that surrounds us

Eat The Frog

“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

-Mark Twain

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The Capture

I came across this quote recently.  I believe the young mom who wrote this attended my church…

“Is there any need God is not willing to supply for His children? God’s word says, ‘…God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:19. Knowing this answer, what is there to fear? If we need money, He will supply….if we need health, He will supply… if we need time, He will supply… if we need wisdom, He will supply…if we need husband or wife or father or mother or child or friend, He will supply. Has He not always in the past? Then why should we lack the faith to trust Him for today and for tomorrow? If we feel He has not met our need and are keenly hurt or disappointed, then it is not God’s word which is wrong; it is that our knowledge of our need is mistaken. God knows our needs better than we do. One must consider that even life itself, in this world, may not be our true need. The only absolute need we have is for God Himself. So let us rest in this–that God knows our needs and that He is our loving Father. All questions can stop there if we understand that this is true. If it is true, it is enough. And it is true.”
–Patty Larson, Jan 1997 (an incredible person, mother of 4, dying of breast cancer, who wrote this in her journal)

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My Favorite Sign

I drive a LOT for work.  I see many odd things while driving.  But my favorite was a sign that read (and I am quoting directly):

NO LEFT TURN ONLY.

If anyone can figure out what they really meant by that, let me know.

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To grieve

I’ve lost three of my kids in the past three weeks…and one more is very sick and in the hospital.  (Prepare for a few, completely scattered, thoughts.)

Sometimes it’s easier not to process things, then to look them in the face and allow yourself to feel.

I have always been one to ignore things I probably ought to process.  Repression, I think they call it in the psychological world.  (You know, one of those startling moments in your abnormal psych class in college where you sit there and think, “I DO that!  I thought I was normal!!”)

Quite honestly, though, seeing the hurt that surrounds us (for me, in my job; what we all are seeing from Haiti, the loss and grief that occur with just going through life), how does one get through a day without restraining at least some of what most people would consider “normal” emotions?

Not sure how healthy it is though.  Sometimes I feel rather heartless. like a stone statue in a cold and snowy graveyard.  Casually mentioning an item of interest from the day–you know, “I slept late and almost missed work…I ate tuna fish on rye for lunch…oh yeah and so-and-so died.”  Something is not right about that.   But when I say it, I hope that whoever is listening understands.

Understands that deep inside, there are feelings.  It is not always best to process the full extent of our own feelings within a given situation.  It is often too overwhelming to try to process it later.  But it is there, somewhere.  And will most likely come out in some way later.  And it, in no way, is meant to diminish the pain of those who are suffering.

Grief is never easy.  But we as believers in Jesus do not grieve as those who have no hope.

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