Sleeping in the Bathtub and Giggling at a Funeral

“There is no such thing as a good day, or a bad day. There is only a day of grace. And some days the grace of God allows you to enjoy what is happening and some days the grace of God allows you to endure what is happening. But don’t think about good and bad anymore, just enjoy the grace that is present.” – Graham Cooke

I just couldn’t even handle one more minute of her crying. My head had been barricaded by hotel pillows and a comforter for an hour while Ryan and I took turns shushing and rocking our inconsolable baby in that dark, humid hotel room. It was all so uncomfortable. The weather, the circumstances, the sleeplessness, the emotional intensity, the grieving, the busyness.

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Importance of Community

 Community – A group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership.

“It is not good for Man to be alone…” Genesis 2:18

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:9-10 Continue reading “Importance of Community”

Attitude

Attitude – An outward expression of an inward feeling or opinion. A settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in a person’s behavior.

Our Attitude is the one thing we can always have control over… Continue reading “Attitude”

Blueprinting Our Lives…in the midst of grief

“When we experience loss we are confronted with a profound challenge. We can either give up or grow from the experience. We can succumb to adversity or use adversity to transform our lives”

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Change

Change – The act or instance of making or becoming different due to an influence.

It is important to recognize our role in change. Change occurs because of a person or event that is influential in our lives. We can cause change through relationships, prayer, advocacy, and choices.

We must become more aware of how our responses to events and other people have changed and can change our lives. Continue reading “Change”

Understanding Grief

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Grief is difficult to understand. It appears as a thief, an enemy, a giant. I am not sure we can say it ever leaves. It is not a task to accomplish or surmount, neither is it a phase to get through. Grieving is a journey, sometimes a lifelong process. Though grief might first enter like unwelcomed company, it will eventually become your ally. Teaching you, growing you, even nurturing you. If grief is handled in the appropriate way, it can be a beautiful instrument of healing. Continue reading “Understanding Grief”